My Caldecott challenge: Although these Caldecott winner and honor books are not, for the most part, books I’ve read aloud to my son, I still found them interesting. A few I had strong negative opinions of; they show that even books that earned the Caldecott award do become dated!
A familiar religious story can be incredibly impressive when transferred, with talent, to a picture book. In Noah’s Ark (Caldecott Honor, 2003), Jerry Pinkney has creatively and faithfully captured the Biblical story of Noah using pencil, colored pencil, and watercolors.
Many of the pictures are quite busy. While many Noah’s Ark stories I’ve seen have been cartoony, this one is realistic and mature. In the end, the only word I have to describe the illustrations is “majestic.” The artwork is impressive and the overall work complete and thorough.