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Nelson delivers hands-on retelling of Noah’s ark Print Email
Written by Karen Schmidt   
Monday, 06 April 2009 02:23 PM America/New_York

A squishy-texture gel pack that simulates waves will add an additional dimension to children’s learning about Noah’s faith and obe-dience in How Noah Knew What to Do (978-1-400-31441-6, $12.99). This novelty hardcover book by Karen Ann Moore will be re-leased by Thomas Nelson in May.

The book has changed noticeably since the company first published it as a hardcover edition in 2000, said Laura Minchew, vice president and publisher for Thomas Nelson’s specialty division. The book has been edited, revamped, refreshed in text and given a new format that will invite kids ages 4 to 8 to get their hands into the story as they listen or read along with a parent, teacher or older sibling.

Moore’s rhyming text enlivens the art as she guides children through Noah’s experience of facing a difficult task. The story shows kids how Noah chose to listen to God and to obey despite his challenges and doubts. Seeing that Noah was able to succeed at something new and difficult, children will finish the book with the realization that they can rely on God’s help and presence even when trying something they’ve never done before.

Minchew said Thomas Nelson added the gel pack after a trip to China to investigate the latest styles in children’s books.

“After researching formats that work well in other genres, we found that children respond to multi-sensory products,” she said. “For this particular book, the gel pack engages little ones by adding a tactile element to the book. With the adorable, bright visual illustrations by Pete Kersten, the engaging, playful text will stimulate auditory learning.”

For more information or to order, contact Thomas Nelson at 800-251-4000 or visit