I was badly burned by a “Noah’s Ark” retelling a year or so ago, it was horribly written and didn’t work for us at all. So it was with a great deal of trepidation that I checked this book out.
This is a well written and illustrated story. It takes place during the 1920s during a flood in Vermont. The actual story may not be true, but similar incidents happened. Nora’s house was the one house in the area high enough to be out of the flood waters. By the end of the story Nora had cows, sheep, pigs, chickens, and people in their house.
It’s a great lesson on what is truly important, and what isn’t. As she says in the story, “The rest is just gravy.”
After reading the story I challenged them to fit as many things in their house as they could. They had to have at least two of each different item Nora had in her house. So, at least two cows, two horses, two chickens, two men, and two women.
Not too surprisingly they fit a lot of chickens in. But, that’s just what happened in the story, she had over 100 chickens in her house.
Inside they had to write what they would save from their house if it flooded.
Can I just say it made me smile to have the kids all say they’d save their Bibles.
Here’s the printable for anyone able to find a copy of Nora’s Ark.