Saturday, February 21, 2015

Olive and the Great Flood


There are lots of picture books out there that retell Bible stories, but this is one of the best I've seen.

Olive and the Great Flood is about the well-known story of Noah and the ark. But it's told from the point of view of the dove, who the author has named Olive.

This story is told completely in rhyme and, unlike many rhyming books, it isn't forced and the meter is perfect.

I absolutely love the illustrations by Kathleen Bullock because they show just what the author Connie Arnold  portrays with her words. The two of them make a great team.

I'm sure kids will enjoy this book and I hope  lots of Sunday Schools and Christian preschools get it for their libraries.

11 comments:

Connie Arnold said...

Thank you for the lovely review, Jan! Hope my book will help lots of children learn the story of Noah and the ark as well as God's love and protection, and enjoy sweet Olive and her part in it.

Margo Dill said...

Thanks for the great review. :) I have another one of Connie's books: Animal Mix-up and my daughter and I enjoy reading it. You are right, she is great with rhyme!

Connie Arnold said...

Margo, I'm glad you and your daughter enjoy Animal Sound Mix-up. Hope Olive and the Great Flood will also be enjoyed by children who like rhyming books.

Susan Barclay said...

Sounds great; glad to hear the rhyme and meter are perfect. It always bugs me when there's something off as you're reading. LOL

Janet Ann Collins said...

Thanks, Susan.

Connie Arnold said...

Susan, it really does take a great deal of work, changes and reading aloud to get the rhyme and meter just right. Input and suggestions from others really help too!

Janet Ann Collins said...

Once I was in an internet critique group and discovered the meter and even rhyme can vary from one dialect to another.

Connie Arnold said...

That's interesting, Jan. Critique groups are great!

Janet Ann Collins said...

Connie, that group was terrible so I soon left it, but most critiques groups are wonderful.

Connie Arnold said...

Jan, I have only been in one, and it was a group of GAP authors who were all wonderful.

Janet Ann Collins said...

Obviously they helped since your book is a good one.