Mrs Noah's Garden
By Jackie Morris
Illustrated by James Mayhew
Mrs Noah touched the earth. It was warm on her fingertips. She looked all round the Ark. On the south side the slope was less steep. A few shrubs and bushes had clung on, despite the flood. Two yew trees stood, ancient and tall. Yes, thought Mrs Noah. Here.
And so begins the first garden after the great flood – a story of renewal, of working with Nature, of hope, humour and a touch of the mysterious magic that underlies life.
240 x 275mm
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"Its exquisitely colourful illustrations, gentle humour and optimism that life can be renewed make this the picture book of the year."
Amanda Craig - New Statesman
"An alternative approach to the story of Noah in which Mrs Noah is foregrounded and magical beasts survived the flood. Mayhew's colourful, naive images using collage show the celebratory garden she makes, filling it with love for her family."
Nicolette Jones - The Sunday Times
"An exquisitely hopeful account of what might have happened when the ark touched land. Mayhew's glorious collage artwork combines with Morris's restrained text to show how bare rock and sparse vegetation can become a flourishing garden, nurturing all kinds of life."
Imogen Russell Williams - The Guardian