The Great Big Ark in the Sky

Liz Ballard Hamm (Author) Andrew Ballard (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$21.95  $20.19
Publisher
Belle Isle Books
Publish Date
April 02, 2019
Pages
36
Dimensions
7.0 X 0.25 X 10.0 inches | 0.68 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781947860247

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About the Author

Liz Ballard Hamm & Andrew Ballard are siblings who grew up in rural Virginia, where they spent their childhood exploring the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains with their dogs. Andrew, Liz, and their younger brother Taylor all shared a passion for storytelling from a very early age. Andrew went on to study theatre at James Madison University and embark on a career in the performing arts. Liz also studied theatre at Catawba College and went on to work as an actor for Virginia Repertory Theatre, where she and Andrew performed children's theatre together for young audiences across the country. Today, Andrew adventures through life as a writer, actor, and teacher living in Culpeper, VA, with his dog Luke at his side. He is currently engaged in postgraduate studies at the University of Virginia. Liz is a student at Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing. She enjoys exploring the wilds of Richmond, VA with her husband, Andrew Hamm; their children, Ruby and Gabriel; and their loving dog, Boba. The Great Big Ark in the Sky is Liz and Andrew's first picture book. More information about the authors and their book can be found at their website, greatbigark.com.
Liz Ballard Hamm & Andrew Ballard are siblings who grew up in rural Virginia, where they spent their childhood exploring the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains with their dogs. Andrew, Liz, and their younger brother Taylor all shared a passion for storytelling from a very early age. Andrew went on to study theatre at James Madison University and embark on a career in the performing arts. Liz also studied theatre at Catawba College and went on to work as an actor for Virginia Repertory Theatre, where she and Andrew performed children's theatre together for young audiences across the country. Today, Andrew adventures through life as a writer, actor, and teacher living in Culpeper, VA, with his dog Luke at his side. He is currently engaged in postgraduate studies at the University of Virginia. Liz is a student at Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing. She enjoys exploring the wilds of Richmond, VA with her husband, Andrew Hamm; their children, Ruby and Gabriel; and their loving dog, Boba. The Great Big Ark in the Sky is Liz and Andrew's first picture book. More information about the authors and their book can be found at their website, greatbigark.com.
Lucy Koo is a South Korean-born artist who creates detailed illustrations inspired by her childhood living in Seoul, where her home had a view of Bukhansan Mountain. After moving to the States, she attended Virginia Commonwealth University, studying communication arts and developing her skills as an illustrator. Today, Lucy pursues her passions in art and design as a suburbanite living outside Washington, DC. Her portfolio can be found on her website, lucykoo.com.

Reviews

"The story is an enchanting tale of acceptance and assurance when a child faces the loss of a pet. The illustrations and placement of the words on the page provide a sense of wonder and adventure suitable for a variety of ages spanning the youngest of listeners to more advanced readers. This book provides an opportunity for families facing difficult times to imagine the possibilities and open the door for processing their loss across faiths." -- Samara Musselman, MT, M.Ed., early childhood educator

"The most significant relationships of a child's life can be those they share with their pets. This book honors these relationships while illustrating the importance of giving kids language to talk about loss and death. I'm thankful that this book continues to expand the options parents have to explore these topics with their children." -- Joy Outland-Brock, LCSW and therapist

"Reading The Great Big Ark in the Sky was a delight. Its tender language and gorgeous child-friendly illustrations pulled me in immediately. What a gentle and kind way to teach children that death is not an end, but a transition. The artistry of Ballard, Hamm, and Koo is on display, and their reverence for the subject of love, loss, and loving again will likely comfort many young and not-so-young alike. Kudos for such a gift." -- Cynthia R. M. Rafala, LPC, LMFT, CCMHC, counselor and therapist

"The Great Big Ark in the Sky is an absolute must in your child's library! Not only does it tackle difficult subject matter with a gentle word and a sense of wonder, but the illustrations are charming and approachable. A dream of heaven for all of God's creatures has never been so natural or so beautiful. -- Jessica Moretti, MFA, designer and illustrator

"People are often young when they first experience the permanence of loss and truly deep sadness that accompanies the death of a beloved animal family member. A cat, dog, guinea pig--it does not matter--the grief is real! I would like to think my Foxhound is sitting next to the helmsman, taking in the sights on The Great Big Ark in the Sky." -- H. E. Burchard, DVM, owner of Amberwood Veterinary Hospital

"The Great Big Ark in the Sky is a sweet story! This book will bring comfort to anyone who has lost a furry best friend. I know that I have several friends who are waiting for me! The loss of a pet is definitely a tough topic that many families have to address with their children. This story will bring comfort to the sensitive little ones who worry about all animals and what happens when they die." -- Lisa Ann Groves, MS, MLS, school librarian

"The Great Big Ark in the Sky will touch the hearts of all of its readers. This beautiful story's universal message of love, shared by two endearing children, provides comfort and peace, especially to anyone who has experienced loss. Imaginative and inspiring, The Great Big Ark in the Sky reminds us that those we love will always be with us, forever watching over us from their heavenly home." -- Stephanie Parwulski, author of Beatrice and the Sunflower Gift