Most of the books I've acquired lately have come via thrift stores or the bargain bins at Books a Million. At my favorite thrift stores I think I see a lot of what children don't want in books. I can always find several copies of at least two different versions of Noah's Ark books that look like they were done for some Sunday School or a church class for kids. They have badly drawn cartoon illustrations and the text isn't very inspiring either. No wonder they end up discarded. (In the central Arkansas area I see tons of religious books for children in the thrift stores. We must be giving kids a bunch of them.) Here are three editions that I have that I love. By no means should these be considered the only or even the best editions but they are three great ones.
Brett and her husband went to Botswana where she saw, in their native habitat, many of the animals she drew for the book. Her style is well known for the book pages having elaborate borders that complement the drawings and the borders here are painted to look like the paper made from papyrus, also influenced by her African trip.
His text lists the animals as opposites. The small opposite the large, fast opposite slow, etc. At the back of the book there is information about each pictured animal. If you know a young animal lover this one would be a treat.
Anyone know of any other wonderful illustrated Noah's Ark books? I've still got shelf space.