by Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish Religious Leaders
"Walk across the land and gather the
seeds of all the flowers and all the trees. Take two of every
kind of living plant....Work quickly. The rains begin
From award-winning author Sandy Eisenberg
Sasso, a new story which lights our spiritual imaginations.
When God tells Noah to bring the animals
of the world onto the ark, God also calls on Naamah, Noah's
wife, to save each plant on Earth.
Entrusted with this task, Naamah sets off
to every corner of the world, discovering a fabulous array of
growing things, and gathering seeds, bulbs, cuttings, spores,
and roots. She fills a room on the ark with every type of
plant--from amaryllis, soybeans, and wheat to lilies, moss, and
even dandelions. Then, after 40 long days and nights on the
ark, the most important part of Naamah's work begins.
In this new story, based on an ancient
text, Naamah's wisdom and love for the natural harmony of the
earth inspires us to use our own courage, creativity, and faith
to carry out Naamah's work today.
Praise for Sandy Eisenberg Sasso’s
"At last, we learn the secret of how
plants recovered from the Great Flood. In this nurturing story,
Naamah....inspires us all to carry on her tradition as stewards
of Earth's garden."
J. Caduto, co-author, The Keepers of the Earth® books; founder, P.E.A.C.E.® (Programs for
Environmental Awareness and Cultural Exchange)
"A story for people of all faith
traditions. With humor, tenderness, and wisdom, it speaks
nevertheless with urgency: Care for creation--it is God's gift
Carla V. Berkedal, Founding
Director, Earth Ministry, Seattle, WA
"A lovely tale....Children of all
ages should be drawn to this parable for our times."
dePaola, artist/author of books for
Bethanne Andersen received her MFA from Brigham Young University, and
has studied illustration in the Masters Program at the School
of Visual Arts in New York. She is the illustrator of But God Remembered: Stories of Women from
Creation to the Promised Land. Her
work is in many museums and university private collections.