Ark in the Park
Publication Date: June 2000
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A heartwarming chapter book about the relationship between a little girl, an endearing old couple, and their very special pet store.
Sophie lives in a tall, tall building that overlooks a large green park. In the middle of the park is the biggest, strangest, most wonderful pet shop in the world. Built like a ship, with tall glass sails stretching to the sky, the pet shop is called The Noahs' Ark.
Every evening Sophie makes three secret wishes as she gazes at the ark in the park. She wishes for a pet, she wishes for cousins, and she wishes that she could visit The Noahs' Ark. Over at The Noahs' Ark, the owners of the pet shop, Mr. and Mrs. Noah, also make a secret wish--the same one every time. They wish that they had grandchildren.
On a very special birthday, Sophie and the Noahs finally meet. In the days that follow, they all learn that wishes sometimes do come true.
Wendy Orr began writing books for young readers in 1986, and has since published more than 23 titles. She lives on a dairy farm in Australia with her husband, two children, two dogs, a cat, some chickens and cows.
Kerry Millard lives in Australia with her husband, three children, two dogs, three cockatiels, five budgies, two axolotls, fish, a rabbit, and a duck who likes to wander into the kitchen.
"Ark in the Park by Wendy Orr and Kerry Millard is the best story in the world, it's the one where dreams come true."- The Sunday Age (Melbourne)
"Wendy Orr and Kerry Millard have created a gem of a book, appealing in its simplicity and perfectly pitched at its audience." - Canberra Times
"This is a most appealing book, particularly in the sensitive way in which such issues as loneliness, age differences and cultural differences are treated." - Daily Telegraph-Mirror (Sydney)