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


Age 4+

May 6, 2020





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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

James Mayhew

Author and Illustrator

James Mayhew is an internationally acclaimed author, artist and storyteller whose books reflect his passionate advocacy of the arts for young children. His imaginative Katie series invites readers to step inside famous paintings, Ella Bella Ballerina explores classic ballets, and other works feature folk tales and stories from opera and Shakespeare. James Mayhew lives in Baldock, Hertfordshire.

Jackie Morris

Author and Illustrator

Jackie Morris is internationally admired for her imaginative and atmospheric picture books, illustrated with watercolours and often with a fantasy dimension. Her previous books include The Snow Leopard, The Ice Bear and Tell Me a Dragon. Her books The Seal Children, New Born Child and One Cheetah, One Cherry were published by Otter-Barry Books in 2016. In 2019 she was awarded the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for her work on The Lost Words. Jackie Morris lives in St. David's, Pembrokeshire.


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