In this version the Biblical characters have been replaced by mice. David isn’t a shepherd, just a little mouse. But he is a kind mouse and a brave mouse. He is always doing kind things for his friends and looking out for them. Since he isn’t a shepherd, there are no sheep in the story. But, when two of his mice friends are threatened by a fox, David scares the fox away, proving his bravery.
When the current king of the land learns little David will one day be king, he is jealous. He decides to throw a big party. He invites everyone but David. Instead of being angry and upset he has been left out of the festivities, David sends a gift to be given to the king, proving yet again that he has a big heart. The king then asks to see David. He tells David that one day David will be king and he will be a good one.
This Bible verse is given as a reference for the story: “Man looks at how someone appears on the outside. But I look at what is in the heart.” [1 Samuel 16:7]
The expressive, colorful watercolor illustrations are truly delightful.
What I Like: Everything.
What I Dislike: Nothing.
Overall Rating: Excellent.
Age Appeal: 4-8.
Publisher Info: Zonderkidz, 2010; ISBN: 9780310717089; Paperback, $3.99
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Special Info: This book is part of the Zonderkidz I Can Read! series. It is a level 1, which according to the publisher means it has “simple sentences for eager new readers.” Read our reviews of other books in the I Can Read! series.
Read our reviews of other books by author Crystal Bowman. Read our reviews of other books illustrated by Frank Endersby.