I want to thank Master Books for providing me with a copy of The Flood of Noah in return for my honest review.
Friends, I am so excited about the new book The Flood of Noah (Master Books, 2014)! The boys and I will be studying Creation to the Fall of Rome with Tapestry of Grace next year, so this book exploring the global legends and lore of the biblical flood of Noah appears at exactly the right time for our schedules.
The Flood of Noah is written in the same format (and by the same authors/illustrator) as Master Books’ Dragons: Legends & Lore of Dinosaurs. I’d been eyeing that particular book, but had decided that it was probably going to be a bit young for my boys (headed into 5th and 6th grade this fall). Judging by The Flood of Noah, I was terribly wrong. I plan to order Dragons right away…..
Bodie Hodge and Laura Welch’s newest book discusses the prevalent existence of global flood legends across the globe. Written as a non-fiction picture book, this book is appropriate for reading aloud with elementary students, or as an individual read for middle schoolers. I say this because Hodge and Welch don’t hold back on their vocabulary or the information presented. Your kids will encounter words such as “transgression”, “proportionally”, “precipitated”, and “subsequently”. This is a meaty book with plenty of scientific and historical information included. It is engaging and readable, but not quite the 1st-3rd grade 24-page picture book I was expecting.
In the first half of the book, the authors present similarities and differences between the flood stories told by native people groups across the world including theological points, and names of Noah and his wife. They discuss the scientific possibilities of a global flood and a large ship to hold animals, and the historic evidence in favor of the actual existence of the ark. Did you know that the Assyrian king Sennacherib reportedly saw the ark and brought home a piece of the wood? I had no idea.
The last half of the book is devoted to sharing the flood legends of individual cultures. The stories are re-written and condensed (I imagine), yet it was delightful to read them.
One of my favorite aspects of the book (and certainly something my boys appreciated) is the quality with which the book is made. The pages are thick and full-color with gorgeous, contemporary illustrations by Bill Looney. There is something fun and interactive to do on each two-page spread, such as mini-books (which are packed with real information), fold-out pages, and pop-ups and pull-outs. My boys loved it! Actually, I had to wrestle the book from them to write this review. My favorite mini-book was the Atlas of Ancient Maps of Noah’s Ark. It’s a 15-page booklet of full-color maps from the 13th to the 17th centuries showing the remains of Noah’s Ark in relation to Jerusalem. Fascinating!
I highly recommend The Flood of Noah. It’s beautiful, takes the Bible seriously, and involves serious scholarship presented to students in an engaging manner.
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Danika Cooley is the author of When Lightning Struck! The Story of Martin Luther (Fortress Press, 2015), Wonderfully Made (CF4K, 2016), and Bible Road Trip. Her work has been featured in internationally-recognized children's magazines over 150 times.