In this Romanian folk version of the Noah story, getting the animals to march, two by two, onto the ark is the easy part. It s Noah s stubborn wife who insists that she s staying on dry land. Frustrated, Noah finally declares, Oh, you devil, come in! and not only persuades his reluctant wife but also gives the Devil himself the invitation he ...
In this Romanian folk version of the Noah story, getting the animals to march, two by two, onto the ark is the easy part. It s Noah s stubborn wife who insists that she s staying on dry land. Frustrated, Noah finally declares, Oh, you devil, come in! and not only persuades his reluctant wife but also gives the Devil himself the invitation he needed to come aboard. Master storyteller Neil Philip retells the familiar tale of Noah with numerous witty folktale twists. Filled with adventure and humor, the story is richly illustrated in watercolor with sparkling gold leaf accents. Author s note."
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Isabelle Brent. As New in As New jacket. 10 1/2 x 8. A witty Romanian legend tells how Noah saved the day, with a bit of help from a cat and a snake along the way. Beautifully illustrated, with glossy pictorial cover under D/J.
Publishers Weekly, 2002-02-25 Folklorists more than families may gravitate toward Noah and the Devil: A Legend of Noah's Ark from Romania by Neil Philip, with sumptuous panel paintings by Isabelle Brent. A composite of several Romanian legends, it has a cherchez-la-femme premise: Noah's wife ("She really was a stubborn woman") provokes Noah by refusing to board the ark, whereupon he says, "Oh, you devil, come in!" and thereby allows the real Devil to enter. Other twists in the relatively lengthy text includes magical explanations for why cats fear water and why fleas bite. The gold-leaf and watercolor compositions, elegant and detailed, don't match the earthy folk quality of the story. (2001) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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