Ann Jonas Aardvarks, Disembark!

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Aardvarks, Disembark!

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After the flood, Noah calls out of the ark a variety of little-known animals, many of which are now endangered

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Ann Jonas has written and illustrated many popular books for children, including Color Dance, Reflections, and Round Trip, which was an ALA Notable Book and a "New York Times" Best Illustrated Book. She is a graduate of Cooper Union and has worked as a graphic designer for many years with her husband, Donald Crews. They live in upstate New York.

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Jonas begins her picture book at a point where most Noah's ark stories end. Once the dove returns with an olive branch, Noah begins the process of unloading the animals. Jonas accompanies Noah on his trip down the mountain past the disembarking animals. Past zebus and tuataras, past margays and aoudads, Noah joins the creatures ready to begin life on Earth again. Jonas' watercolor paintings are striking, introducing dozens of animals rarely seen in picture books. Page layout and design effectively enhance the feeling of descent since the pages open upward, creating a vertical orientation. As Noah proceeds through reverse alphabetical order, the animals increase in size, giving viewers the sensation of standing on the plain as the creatures approach. Adults called upon to read this book may tremble when faced with a daunting list of unfamiliar names to pronounce, but the guide to animals on the last page not only supplies pronunciation help but also provides a brief description of each animal. Growing attention to conservation and the increasingly popular concept of zoos and wildlife refuges as types of modern arks should extend this book's interest and usefulness to those well beyond preschool. As an alphabet book, an introduction to endangered species, and an example of impressive graphic design, Jonas' book brings new dimensions to the Noah story. --Kathy Piehl, Mankato State University, MN
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