A Patch on the Peak of Ararat by Gary Bower


My son really enjoys listening to the story of Noah. Perhaps it's the giant ark or all those animals. Either way, this is a Bible story that we find ourselves reading quite frequently. Just recently, we had the chance to read a precious new book that was just recently released, A Patch on the Peak of Ararat.

The Faith that God Built series by Gary Bower uses the same whimsical style of storytelling as The House that Jack Built, using rhyme to introduce preschoolers through second graders to favorite Bible stories. Gary has a well-developed talent for creating engaging narratives that also teach biblical truth through rhyme. In Patch on the Peak of Ararat, Noah follows God’s plan, resulting in his rescue from destruction.

Gary Bower is an award-winning author, speaker, and ordained minister. His many years of experience pastoring small children, tweens, teens, and adults have helped him develop a rare ability to touch hearts of a wide age range simultaneously. He is author of 16 books, including Perfect Christmas. He loves to read to his children and grandchildren.

For those who may not be familiar with Ararat, it's actually said to be the landing spot of Noah's Ark. A Patch on the Peak of Ararat uses this as the highlight and main focus to tell the story of Noah's Ark in a simple, child-friendly way. This is a hard cover picture book with fun illustrations that almost resemble children's drawings that can help young ones connect with the story.

There's one major aspect of this book that really gets children engaged in the story and it's a really neat one. You see, this particular version of Noah's ark is written as a cumulative tale, using a chain of events that builds up to repeating sentences with a single major one as the highlight. The beginning of the story starts off with:

"This is the peak of Ararat"

And proceeds with another sentence:

"This is the ark that proceeded to park on the patch on the peak of Ararat."

Each subsequent sentence will add another line, then repeat the last one and untimely build up to the "peak of Ararat" finish. The same pattern goes on throughout the whole book. We have a few books that read as a cumulative tale, and there was even one that I had personally shared over the last holiday season. One thing that I love about this feature is that it's a really great way to get younger children involved with reading the story, even if they haven't yet learned how to read on their own. I can read the new lines and my son repeats the ones he remembers from the last page and of course the very popular last line, "peak of Ararat." These types of books can really be tons of fun!

A Patch on the Peak of Ararat is the newest member of the Tyndale Kids A Faith that God Built Book collection. It is the first book that we've personally read from this series, but it certainly won't be the last, since my son enjoyed this one a great deal and we had a lot of fun reading it together.

Be sure to check out A Patch on the Peak of Ararat and the many other books in the series.