Noah's Ark (book)

Noah's Ark
Front cover of unknown edition
Author Peter Spier
Illustrator Peter Spier
Cover artist Peter Spier
Country United States
Language English
Genre Children's picture book
Publisher Doubleday
Publication date
Media type Print (hardback & paperback)
Pages 46 pp
ISBN 0-385-12730-8
OCLC 2524624
LC Class BS1238.N6 S64

Noah's Ark is a picture book written and illustrated by Peter Spier, first published by Doubleday in 1977. The text includes Spier's translation of "The Flood" by Jacobus Revius, a 17th-century poem telling the Bible story of Noah's Ark. According to Kirkus Reviews, the poem comprises sixty three-syllable lines such as "Pair by pair" (in translation). "Without revising or even enlarging on the old story, Spier fills it in, delightfully."[1]

For Noah's Ark Spier won the 1978 Caldecott Medal for illustration[2] and the 1982 National Book Award for Children's Books in category Picture Books (paperback).[3][lower-alpha 1]


  1. Picture books were separately recognized for only two years in National Book Awards history, paperbacks for four years. Most of the paperback award-winners were reprints.


  1. "Noah's Ark (Book) by Peter Spier, Jacob Revius". Google product presentation with quotation from Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 2012-02-22.
  2. "Caldecott Medal Winners, 1938 - Present". American Library Association. Retrieved 2009-05-27.
  3. "National Book Awards – 1982". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-02-22.
Preceded by
Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions
Caldecott Medal recipient
Succeeded by
The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses

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