Barbapapa's Ark by Annette Tison and Talus Taylor

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Barbapapa's Ark by Annette Tison and Talus Taylor

Category: Emerging Readers
Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Louise Jones
Reviewed by Louise Jones
Summary: Barbapapa and his family build a rocket to save the endangered animals of the world.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 32 Date: April 2014
Publisher: Orchard Books
ISBN: 9781408331385

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Barbapapa’s Ark is the fourth book in the popular series about a shape-shifting pink blob, his wife and seven children. It follows on from the previous book, in which Barbapapa and his family built themselves a beautiful house in a peaceful valley. One day, after a picnic, the family decide to take a leisurely ride along the river, but are horrified to see sick and injured animals suffering from the effects of pollution. Over time, more and more animals come to Barbapapa for help. He decides that the only way to teach the humans a lesson is to take the animals to a new, green planet where they will be safe.

Barbapapa books are always a treat and I enjoy reading them as much as my young son does. I love the 1970s artwork and the humorous touches in each picture. As always, there is plenty to discover on each page and it is always entertaining to see the creative ways in which Barbapapa and his family adapt their bodies to the situations that they face. I think my favourite picture is the one in which he turns into a canoe and his children are riding inside, although I also like the scene where he turns into a huge dam to protect the sea creatures from the whalers.

The environmental message in the story seems even more relevant today than when it was originally written. It is a gentle way to explain to young children the impact that our actions have on the world around us.

Barbapapa’s Ark is a thought-provoking and engaging book that will delight young readers and hopefully teach them to love and care for our precious planet.

To see how the Barbapapa family built their lovely home in the valley, read Barbapapa's New House

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