Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.
A Delightful Picture Book and Story With a Life Lesson in Perseverance
A Snail, Animal Friends, and an Ark Combine to Tell a Story of Friendship
Irene Latham's Snail's Ark is a beautiful story of a little snail, animal friends, and an ark that they all must get on in order to survive the big rainstorm that is coming. Esther the snail wakes to the loud sound of wind and rain and this might be the biggest storm that has ever happened in the world. All of the animal friends are already rushing to some sort of ship that Esther sees out on the water. Birds are also flying in to get onto the ship. Monkeys, hippos, alligators, and giraffes are all on a path to get onto the ship. Esther wonders if her friend Solomon knows about the coming big storm. She finally finds Solomon on a fern leaf and tells him to hurry before the storm arrives. Esther says a quick prayer that they both will make it to the ship. A surprise source of help will let the young readers know that Esther and her friend Solomon do make it to the ark in time.
Mehrdokht Amini contributed his talents as an illustrator for Snail's Ark with gorgeous full color illustrations that fill the pages to help tell the story. Young readers will be engaged with naming all of the animals that are saved when they board the ark.
Latham's Snail's Ark is written in text that is poetic in style. It is recommended for young readers ages 7-10. Snail's Ark was published by G.P Putnam's Sons, a division of Penguin/Random House. It has an ISBN of 978-0-593-10939-7.
Gorgeous Full Color Illustrations Help Tell the Story of This Ark
A Delightful Addition to Family Bookshelf or Sunday School Collection for Young Readers
I did teach Sunday School for young children for a brief period of time and picture books for story time sessions were always part of my lessons that I presented to my young children. I find Irene Latham's new story and picture book Snail's Ark to be an interesting choice for any teacher who teaches a Sunday School class for ages 6-10. This story can be used as a segway into the Bible story of Noah's ark. A definite connection can be made after reading Snail's Ark in a story time session.
*Read Snail's Ark in a story time session.
*Call attention to the large illustration of the ark being constructed. Call attention to the illustrations of the Biblical dress of the men who are constructing the ark.
*Call attention to the parade of animals that are headed toward the ark when Esther the little snail looks out onto the water.
*What does Esther pray for?
*What animals are headed toward the ark?
*Call attention to how Esther's prayer was answered. What was the surprising help that she and her friend Solomon received in order to make it to the ark in time before the big storm arrived?
Snail's Ark a Delightful Segway Into the Biblical Story of Noah's Ark
Teachers who teach in a Sunday School setting in any religious setting will want to use Latham's Snail's Ark to begin teaching the Biblical story of Noah and the ark.
*Use a children's Bible to read scripture from Genesis 6:9-9:29, the story of Noah and the ark.
*Why did God have Noah build the ark?
*Call attention again to the illustration in Snail's Ark of how the men who are constructing the ark are dressed as Biblical characters.
*Return to the Scripture reading from the Bible. What was in the sky after the storm? What is shown in the sky on the last page of Snail's Ark as an illustration that all is well after the storm?
*Call attention to where the ark is sitting on the final page of Snail's Ark. Introduce the children to the possibility of Mount Ararat as a location for the real ark.
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