Friday, April 23, 2010

Daniel and the Lions

Daniel and the Lions retells the story of Daniel and the lions den in Daniel 6 from the point of view of the lions. The book is written by Larry Burgdorf and illustrated by Natalia Vasquez.

Daniel and the Lions relates how Daniel won the favor of the king, then rivals hatched a plan to trick the king into forbidding prayer to God. When Daniel disobeys the law and is spotted praying, he is arrested and thrown into the lion's den.

From the book:

"As we were rushing for the feast
We couldn't touch him in the least.
God sent His angel here, and he
Was far more powerful than we."

What I Like: I don't typically care for rhyming books, but I barely noticed this story was written in verse. It flowed easily. Taking the point of view of the lions was unique, and it made for a bit of fun in an otherwise serious story. (At the end of the story, when Daniel's released, the lion laments how they missed a tasty meal!)

The editor also has a note to parents at the very end, addressing additional issues you may want to discuss with your child; Daniel did break the law by praying to God, despite the fact we are taught to obey the law, and not all who obey God are rescued. I found this page particularly helpful as it gave talking points with scripture references I could use with my daughter.

What I Dislike: Nothing.

Overall Rating: Very Good.

Age Appeal: 5 - 9.

Publishing Info: Arch Books, a division of Concordia Publishing House, 2010; ISBN: 978-0-7586-1867-3; Paperback $2.49.

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