The Amazing Tales of Max and Liz #1: The Ark, The Reed, and the Fire Cloud
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When Max, a Scottish terrier, takes his usual morning trot to the loch one day, he hears a mysterious Voice humming in the reeds. "Come to Me," it says, "follow the fire cloud." He embarks on a strange journey from Scotland, meeting other animals along the way including Liz, a brilliant petite black cat from France. Max and Liz become the brave leaders for their group. The mysterious journey leads them across Europe to the Middle East, and is filled with danger, humor, trials, and triumphs. At the end of their travels, they find Noah and his family enduring ridicule from villagers while building an ark.
The moment these animals enter the ark is a spectacular one as the ark is magically transformed into the animals' natural habitats. As they enter their stalls, ice forms on the walls for the polar bears, a desert climate emerges for the kangaroos, a rainforest develops for the monkeys, and a waterfall flows from a rock where the crocodiles and tropical birds dwell. During the year aboard the ark, Liz finds ways to keep the animals occupied, including daily exercise led by the flamingos and talent night where the animals entertain each other with their natural abilities. But a sinister plot develops. Someone is out to kill Noah and his family. Liz follows clues that lead her to discover a stowaway who has deceived them all. Max and Liz foil the plot, but at a high price. Filled with unexpected twists and turns, readers find themselves wavering between despair to hope.
The Amazing Tales of Max and Liz is a magical fiction series that takes Max and Liz through biblical to modern times, causing amazing things to happen behind the scenes in human history. Recommended for ages 8 to 12.
Number of Pages: 432
Vendor: Living Ink
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Amazing Tales of Max & Liz
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Max, a Scottish terrier, takes his usual morning trot down to the loch where he hears a mysterious Voice humming in the reeds saying, "Come to Me...follow the fire cloud." He embarks on an unknown journey from Scotland, meeting other animals along the way including Liz, a brilliant, petite black cat from France. Max and Liz become the brave leaders for their group, and eventually, for the entire ark. The mysterious journey, filled with danger, humor, trials, and triumphs, leads them across Europe to the Middle East. The moment of arrival for these animals is spectacular as the ark is miraculously transformed into the animals' natural habitats.
Throughout the previous one hundred years, Noah and family have endured ridicule from villagers while building the ark. Now this family must painfully witness the loss of lives and total destruction of the earth through the mighty flood.
After the journey to the ark, the voyage in the ark begins. Liz finds ways to keep the animals occupied, including daily exercise led by the flamingos and a talent night where the animals entertain each other with their natural abilities. But a sinister plot develops Someone is out to kill Noah and his family. Liz follows clues that lead her to discover a stowaway who has deceived them all. Max and Liz foil the plot, but at a high price. The end climaxes with unexpected twists and turns, taking the reader from despair to hope.
Jenny Cote developed an early passion for God, history, and young people, and beautifully blends these passions together in her new fantasy fiction series, The Amazing Tales of Max and Liz®. Jenny introduces readers to Max and Liz with her first book, The Ark, the Reed, & the Fire Cloud. When not writing herself, Jenny often teaches kids about the art of creative writing through fun, highly interactive workshops at schools across the country. Jenny now lives in Roswell, Georgia, with her husband Casey, son Alex, and of course, the real Max and Liz.
Jennys first book, Now I Sea! (2003) is an inspirational book of sea stories and spiritual reflections. Her education and career have focused on strategic planning and marketing in healthcare and church work. She now writes and speaks full time and lives in Roswell, Georgia, with her husband Casey, son Alex, and of course, the REAL Max and Liz. She is active in student ministry at Dunwoody Baptist Church. Jenny enjoys reading, research, museums, humorous satire, travel, meeting new people, fitness and finding any excuse she can to get to the beach: What?! A poor, lost sand crab is stuck on a piling? Never fear, help is on the wayIll be right there!
Ally Wantz5 Stars Out Of 5An amazing mysteryJuly 8, 2015Ally WantzQuality: 1Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I never loved reading until I started to read this book. it always had me at the edge of my seat, always wanting to read more. When I'd read I'd have an entire world in my head and I could never put the book down. It really helped me in my spiritual growth. THIS BOOK IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! Thank you Jenny C.
rain9195 Stars Out Of 5We loved it!November 23, 2014rain919Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I just finished reading this book to my kiddos and we all enjoyed it very much! They would ask me to read more when we would come to a stopping point and were sad when I told them that we were about to finish the story. I am so glad that there are more books in the series. :) The author was careful to hold true to the biblical account. I enjoyed her creativity and her imagination. My kids are 5 & 7 (boy & girl) and they both enjoyed it equally.
sunshineAge: Under 185 Stars Out Of 5Great Book!March 17, 2014sunshineAge: Under 18Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Ark, the Reed, & the Fire Cloud is a book written by Jenny L. Cote. She takes stories from the Bible and brings imaginations alive with the adventure of the main characters and their mates: two dogs, Max and Kate, and two cats, Liz and Al. They all embark separately on a journey of Faith, following the fire cloud after they all hear the Maker calling to them. They soon meet each other and together forge a friendship that is inseparable. They go through many countries and past many waters following the cloud, but also discover that they are not the only ones. Liz, the expertise on many things, notices that two animals from all over the world have been called, and struggles with her faith of the impossible. Meanwhile Max has a fear of water, and when they reach their final destination he discovers it is an Ark. After all of the animals are finally loaded, flood waters rise and the rains come down for forty days and forty nights. During the time of waiting to reach dry ground, Max has been declared a hero, and when things get out of hand Liz suspects one of Max's friends, and in discovering this she could end her friendship with Max. Will Max be able to understand the importance of what is happening, or will he ignore the evidence?
The story is very exciting and involves the reader. The author writes in a very unique setting, many of which are not used a lot. Jenny L. Cote brings her characters alive and the details make you feel as if you are a part of the story. For example, in one scene she shows how when the animals step into their stalls, the animals' natural habitat appears with everything they need, from waterfalls and rain forests, to deserts and ice.
In the end the main characters learn to not be prideful and to trust God, not trying to logically solve everything. Max learned to conquer his fears and not be prideful, like the waters from the flood, and to give he glory to God instead of himself, while God showed Liz how all things are possible with Him, like the ark stalls transforming into the animals natural habitats.
10 out of 10 stars.
alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Adorable!November 4, 2012alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I loved this authors take on the story of the flood. God uses a dog and a cat to bring the animals to the ark. Along the way Mack and Liz find new friends and learn how to depend on God for all things. The most amazing thing I loved about this book was the authors take on how the animals lived on the ark. It was an amazing concept and it has given me much to think about.
The book itself is quit thick, 432 pages but you do get your moneys worth. Overall a wonderful book for children to read or be read to.
DonaldJamesParkerCrossville, TNAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Dr. Doolittle meets the BibleJune 14, 2012DonaldJamesParkerCrossville, TNAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I think the story of Noah's ark is the most fascinating of all the majestic tales which have been chronicled in the Bible. Never has it been told like Jenny Cote tells it here. From a flatulent cow to a cerebral cat, which chooses as a mate Garfield's prototype, to aerobic instructing flamingos to a poetry spouting frog, several of the myriad animals booked for passage on the ark come to life for the readers. The characters speak with native accents and sprinkle in words from their own languages. So the French feline named Liz purrs in Francais, and the Scottish Terrier named Max growls with a Scottish brogue. Of course in reality, at this time in Earth's history, languages such as French and Spanish and English and countries such as Canada, America, Russia, Scotland, and Argentina were just a twinkle in God's eye. This is fantasy after all, and a reader must suspend a modicum of disbelief in order to enjoy that genre.
Jenny attempted to give us a different and entertaining perspective on this whale of a tale. She succeeded admirably. If you're looking for wholesome and faith building entertainment for your children, you can't go wrong with this book, and I suspect the same for the rest of the series.
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