Why Noah Chose the Dove


Author: Isaac Bashevis Singer

Illustrator: Eric Carle


SINGER, Isaac Bashevis. Why Noah Chose the Dove. Pictures by Eric Carle. Translated by Elizabeth Shub. NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux [1974]. 4to, [32]pp. Blue cloth pictorially stamped in white. Gray endpapers; color illustrations on nearly every page. Spine ends lightly rubbed, endpapers a tad toned, else an internally clean, bright copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (light wear at spine ends and corners, 1½” closed tear at top of front panel, thin ink line through price with “3—” handwritten below). With a bookplate signed by the artist, Eric Carle, laid in.

First edition. When Noah built his Ark, a rumor circulated among all of the animals that only the best of all living creatures would be saved. Each creature decides to take its turn making their case to Noah, culminating in a wonderfully poignant speech from the humble dove. Captured in Eric Carle’s iconic illustrations, this charmingly fresh approach to the age-old tale by Nobel Laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer is a true delight.