Miche Wynants ~ Harcourt, Brace & World, 1965
Even though my son changed the theme of his six-year-old birthday party at the last minute from animals to Star Wars, he still very much holds the former in high esteem. My animal and bird lover had his "take a toy pet" to school day today, and he selected his favorite stuffed toy "Beautiful" the white swan puppet. As evidenced, he's still very much in love with all things feathered and furry, so every single Noah's Ark book we come across, he covets. Whether or not you are religious, the story of the ark is the ultimate animal-lovers tale and this version is a good one with lots of geometric paper cuts and bold colors (though the Peter Spier version remains my son's favorite).
As soon as the rain began to fall Noah went into the ark with his family.
Then all the beasts, every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth, and every bird of every sort went into the ark, two by two, in perfect order from the first to the last.
Unlike most ark books, this one actually features a spread where the wicked are quarreling and stabbing one another, which is kinda awesome (I'm morbid like that). It's always intriguing to see different artists take on the same story, so I imagine I'll keeping shuffling after ark books, long after my son gives his naturalist picture book tendencies a rest. Though, wouldn't it be nice if that day never arrived?
Oh, and once again, I know nothing about this illustrator, so anyone in the know, feel free to chime in.
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