Let me explain. Back in the day when I was birthin’ babies, the Noah’s ark theme was a huge nursery room favorite. It still is. A wealth of Noah’s ark products are out there for purchase: crib bedding, lamps, pillows, pictures -- all featuring cute little animals walking two-by-two into the ark. As for books? Holy smoke! There are dozens, all aimed at the younger set. There are a bunch of toys, too. Even Fisher-Price makes an adorable play set complete with Noah, the ark and animals.
So what’s my problem? THE FACT THAT NOAH'S ARK IT IS ONE OF THE MOST HORRIFIC STORIES IN THE BIBLE.
God condemns everyone. There’s a huge flood. A fraction of life survives while everyone else DROWNS. This is the stuff bed time stories are made of? This is the story we push on our children?
Anyway, for giggles I conspired with my friend and illustrator, TJ Lubrano. She's a wonderful artist with an uncanny ability to create sweet, whimsical pieces that just make you smile. Much of her work would look beautiful on a wall in a child’s bedroom. So I asked her to take the TRUE tale of Noah’s Ark and create a sweet, magical painting just for kids.
She delivered. Take a look: (If you want to see the horradorableness up close, click the picture for a bigger version.)
Anyway, I had to share this with you. I’m curious what you think. As for TJ, isn't she fab? If you want to see more of her amazing art, click her name above to go right to her blog.
Thanks, TJ. You're the greatest!