Noah loved God
and God trusted him.
From the time they are tiny seedlings, Noah nurtures his trees, all the while imagining their future with his sons. "Japheth will make a flute out of the fruit trees. With his baby he'll watch the trees fill with birds." In the end, though, God has another purpose in mind.
In simple elegant verse and glowing watercolor illustrations, Bijou Le Tord breathes new life into an old tale. Noah's Trees is the moving story of a man's love for God, his children, his trees, and his world. To read it is to meet Noah for the first time.
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Bijou Le Tord has created many highly acclaimed children's books, including A Blue Butterfly: A Story About Claude Monet; Sing a New Song; and God's Little Seeds. She lives in Sag Harbor, NY.From Publishers Weekly:
Picture books about Noah's Ark abound, but few have the quiet beauty of Le Tord's (God's Little Seeds) portrait of a gentle, caring man who obeys God's commands without question or doubt. And few books convey so much with such simplicity: "Noah loved God and God trusted him," this text begins. Noah is happy planting and tending his "little trees" and imagining a future for his wife and three sons. But Noah does not hesitate when God announces his plan for a great flood and directs Noah to build an ark "out of your favorite trees." Just before the rain begins, Noah carries aboard little green saplings, a gesture of hope for beginning a new life in a new world. Le Tord omits mention of the Flood as a punishment for the wicked; her story is about Noah's relationship with God, and her Noah doesn't need to understand God's reasons. Her tender, gauzy-edged watercolors in fruity hues feature a sweetly smiling Noah, youthful in spite of his cottony white beard. In a crisp design, the simple, poetic text flows in centered paragraphs on each page. In a laudable departure from most books on the subject, Le Tord places the two-by-two parade of animals in the background, metaphorically and in her art, and underscores the deeper aspects of Noah's unshakable faith. Ages 4-6. (Oct.)
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