Naamah and the Ark at Night

Naamah and the Ark at Night

As Noah?s wife sings the animals to sleep, an age-old tale is told afresh in a soothing poetic form brought to life with beautiful collage illustrations. Naamah is the wife of Noah, and her name means "great singer." For forty days and forty nights, as the ark tosses on storm-wracked seas, Naamah sings. She sings to the animals, two by two. She sings to her husband, her sons, an As Noah?s wife sings the animals to sleep, an age-old tale is told afresh in a soothing poetic form brought ...

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Title:Naamah and the Ark at Night
Author:Susan Campbell Bartoletti
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:Naamah and the Ark at Night
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:32 pages pages

Naamah and the Ark at Night Reviews

  • Karren
    Mar 13, 2019
    3.5 stars. Great illustrations, great concept, but the text is on the simple side. Appropriate for the youngest of readers. ...
  • Carolynne
    Sep 11, 2012
    Did you ever wonder how Noah and his family survived living in the cramped, smelly ark with all those noisy animals? Bartoletti suggests that Naamah, whose name means "sweet" or "pleasant," kept them calm at night by singing to them. Dramatic watercolor collage illustrations by Calde...
  • Gwen the Librarian
    Nov 21, 2011
    This lovely picturebook takes a slice of life on Noah's Ark to tell a lyrical bedtime story. As night falls, the ark pitches in the waves, and the animals are restless. But at night, Naamah, Noah's wife, sings everyone to sleep, animals and people too. The pattern and rhyme of the lang...
  • Tasha
    Jun 03, 2011
    Naamah is Noah?s wife. In this picture book, she is the woman who sings the ark to sleep at night. She sings throughout the night, through the rain, soothing the animals as they are restless. She sings for the night itself, for the moon and for the stars. She sings for the earth and ...
  • Bridget R. Wilson
    Apr 02, 2012
    Naamah is Noah's wife. Each night on the ark, she sings to the animals and lulls them to sleep. What I thought: A lovely story with beautiful illustrations. I'd never given Noah's wife much thought, but I'm glad Bartoletti did. The story she created is lyrical. I love the illustrat...
  • Barbara
    Feb 13, 2012
    The wife of Noah, Naamah, had quite a responsibility during the days and nights that the ark floated on the waters, and its inhabitants waited for the storm to cease. Naamah, whose name means "great singer," used her singing voice to soothe the restless animals and the humans who were ...
  • Rachel
    Jul 17, 2012
    I picked this book up after finding it on my local library's booklist for children. I had never seen it before and since I've started a list of Biblical picture books, this one was a great (though different from your regular Bible story). Naamah (pronounced Na-ah-mah or Nay-ah-mah) is ...
  • Jennifer
    Dec 30, 2011
    In the tradition of the best bedtime stories, Naamah feels comfortably familiar before the first reading is done. This "lullaby" uses the ghazal, an Islamic poetic form, to create a gentle rocking reminiscent of a ship at sea or a parent's arms. Meade's paper collages use a heavy ca...
  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    Nov 23, 2011
    Naamah is Noah?s wife and the ark is underway. Every night, Naamah sings to the animals on the ark to keep them calm. The author wrote the text of this book in an old Arabic poetic form called a ghazal. ?As rain falls over the ark at night, As water swirls in the dark of night...
  • Josiah
    Oct 16, 2012
    A Newbery Honoree and her Caldecott counterpart come together in the creation of this atypical yet appealing picture book, well-conceived and skillfully executed with a nice blend of dark, noble colors and quiet, lyrical writing. In addition to showing us the beauty of the form of poe...
  • Naomi
    Dec 11, 2012
    What was like like on the Ark? Before and when children ask that question, this is one of the books to reach for, an accomplished poem (a ghazzal) and lullaby, with warm and delightful illustrations._ Naamah and the Ark At Night_ also opens to a discussion of faithful risk, of being af...
  • Patsi Trollinger
    Apr 25, 2012
    As she always does, Susan Campbell Bartoletti has written an intelligent picture book that is more than the sum of its parts. The text is a Blble story and a lullaby... and a contemplation of Noah's wife...and, oh, the exploration of a distinct form of poetry. (Don't miss the Author's ...
  • Melissa
    Aug 26, 2011
    Thanks Susan for the heads-up on this lovely book! Beautiful, disciplined text, interesting historical thread, awesome artwork. Simple enough in structure for the youngest listeners, but the unusual rhyme scheme (a ghuzul, an Arabic form of poetry) and the rich details in the illustrat...
  • Allison Parker
    Nov 08, 2011
    Many stories and songs are dedicated to Noah, that great craftsman and global sea navigator. Bartoletti avoids the adventure and the man, instead devoting her book to the less celebrated wife of Noah. Naamah, walking through each of the ark's rooms in the star-lit evening, offers a gen...
  • Randie D. Camp, M.S.
    Oct 02, 2011
    Naamah, Noah's wife, sings a lullaby to all the creatures and humans aboard the ark at night. I enjoyed this story for several reasons. The most dominant being that Naamah is often left out of retellings and Bartoletti makes her the star. ...
  • Amanda Snow
    Aug 13, 2011
    Review originally found at www.apatchworkofbooks.com Such a lovely, lovely lullaby! Naamah is Noah's wife and her name means "great singer" as shown on these beautifully illustrated pages. All through the night she sings to the animals, to her sons and their wives, songs of prayer a...
  • David
    Feb 16, 2012
    Naamah And The Ark At Night by Susan Campbell Bartoletti, illustrated by Holly Meade tells of how Noah's wife, Naamah, sings the animals and people on the ark to sleep each night. A large font is used for the text, making it easier to read aloud. The use of an adapted form of the gh...
  • Danielle
    Jul 15, 2013
    Audience: Primary Genre: Picture Book Sydney Taylor Honor Book Connection: Text to Text "Naamah and the Ark at Night" by Susan Campbell Bartoletti is the story of Noah's wife, Naamah, who sings the restless animals to sleep on the Ark at night. I chose the connection Text to ...
  • Dana Burgess
    Apr 23, 2012
    The author's not at the end of this book explains the style of writing used to write this lullaby. The style is inspired by an Arabic form of poetry dating back to at least the seventh century, called ghazal (pronounced like guzzle) It makes for a lovely, rhythmic feel as we read about...
  • Jo Oehrlein
    May 21, 2017
    Best read after kids already know the Noah story, this bedtime book talks about Noah's wife singing everyone in the ark to sleep. ...
  • Linsey Ward
    Feb 02, 2012
    The illustrations in this children's book are done through watercolors collage. I absolutely love the way the people and animals look layered against the background. The illustrations are so detailed. Some pages have only the shadows of the animals reminder the reader of the dark night...
  • Loraine
    Jun 26, 2012
    In my 63 years I've never been introduced to an ancient Persian poetic structure called a ghazal, but this beautifully illustrated children's book has done so. Bartoletti tells the story of Noah's wife Naamah as she sings a lullaby to the beasts of the ark, two by two, her husband Noah...
  • Nancy Kotkin
    Jun 21, 2012
    Written as a lullaby following the poetic form of the ghazal, this picture book, grounded in the Biblical tale of Noah and the ark, tells a fictional story of Noah's wife singing her family and all the animals on the ark to sleep at night, despite the stormy weather and turbulent seas....
  • Kiera
    Oct 08, 2012
    Naamah and the Ark at Night is about Naamah, who is the wife of Noah, sings to everyone and everything! For forty days and Forty nights as the ark goes through storms, she sings and everyone falls asleep peacefully. This is a re-tell of the original tale but in the a more rhythmic way ...
  • Laura Aldridge
    Oct 14, 2018
    At first it seemed overly simple. But once I understood the challenge of the writing style I was tremendously impressed. It?s a straight forward story. Naamah sings good night lullabies to the animals and people on the ark. But the writing challenge adds interest. ...
  • Paul Farbman
    Apr 10, 2014
    This is a lullaby about a lullaby that Naamah, the wife of Noah, sings to comfort the animals and people aboard the ark. The form used is a ghazal, an Arabic form that requires each couplet in the poem to end with the same word. Bartoletti uses the word night. There is a clear rhythm t...
  • Erica P
    Mar 17, 2018
    "Naamah and the Ark at Night" by Susan Campbell Bartoletti, illustrations by Holly Meade, holds the Sydney Taylor Award which is an award that recognizes books of Jewish content for children and teens, and books that exemplify the highest literary standard while authentically portrayin...
  • Children's Literature Centre at FSU
    Sep 11, 2018
    Naamah and the Ark at Night is a creative and lyrical re-imagination of Noah's Ark. This unique perspective on the story brings new depth to the well-known biblical tale. Readers of all ages will be spell-bound by the magic of Campbell-Bartoletti's rhythmic writing which are perfectly ...
  • Sami Snow
    May 07, 2019
    The illustrations were stunning. The book was based on scholars ideas of what Noah's wife would have been like. Trait: Presentation AR: 0 DRA: 2 ...
  • Susan
    Oct 09, 2019
    I loved the images, especially the pages that were in shadows. Great for reading aloud before bed. Beautifully written and great repetition. ...