Monday, August 16, 2010

Little David's Big Heart

Little David’s Big Heart, written by Crystal Bowman and illustrated by Frank Endersby, is actually the story of the Biblical David’s early life when he is told he will someday be king.

In this version the Biblical characters have been replaced by mice.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.

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