S: Ellie the Brave The Solomon Shelf
BC: THE WILBUR AND HILDA GLENN INSTITUTE FOR PHILANTHROPY AND SERVICE LEARNING The Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Institute for Philanthropy and Service Learning is pleased to support The Solomon Shelf project. The mission of the Glenn Institute is to provide transformative educational experiences that engage the Westminster Schools’ family and peer communities in philanthropy, active citizenship, and commitment to the common good. The Institute strives to create opportunities to nurture in students and adults a sense of commitment to help others in their community and to improve society for the betterment of all. Through this service learning project, students in Mrs. Solomon’s Old Testament Bible class have had the unique opportunity to integrate their classroom learning of Old Testament texts with an identified community need. By rewriting this often obscure text into modern day adaptations, they hope to widen the level of biblical literacy in young people and reinforce reading skills. Service learning became the vehicle by which students realized their potential for creativity and innovation, their desire to question and seek new answers to old problems, and their willingness to be engaged citizens. In short, it gave real purpose to their learning and living in today’s dynamic world. Like the Westminster student authors and editors of these books, the Glenn Institute likes to imagine the many different hands into which these books will find their way. The students’ goal was to develop a series of Bible stories that would elevate, educate and empower others to live daily lives guided by their faith. The Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Institute for Philanthropy and Service Learning hopes the Solomon Shelf project touches readers’ hearts and minds across the world.
FC: ELLIE THE BRAVE
1: Ellie the Brave A Retelling of Esther 1-9 Text and images by Janine DePree, Jag Gangemi, James Pavur, and Erika Redding Ninth Graders in Kay Solomon's 2009-2010 Old Testament Class The Westminster Schools Edited by Carolyn Reid, Ryan Schaufele, Jessica Grasing, Anna Davis, Franklin Brannen, David Goetze, Ryan Chambliss First Graders in Karen Anderson's, Leigh Anne Schlafly's, and Ami Kadaba's 2009-2010 Class The Westminster Schools Special Thanks to The Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Institute for Philanthropy and Service Learning The Westminster Schools 1424 W. Paces Ferry Road, NW Atlanta, Georgia 30327 United States of America The Solomon Shelf is a series of retellings of Bible stories for children Copyright 2010 Kay F. Solomon, The Westminster Schools
2: Once upon a time, King Arthur of Persia was searching for a new wife. Finally, he found Ellie. The king fell in love and married Ellie. But King Arthur did not know that Ellie was Jewish. Not only that, but he did not know that she had an uncle named Marty.
4: Back at the palace, a new prince named Harry was moving in. Harry's only rule was that if anybody saw him they had to bow. When Marty passed Harry, he didn't bow because he only bowed to his God. This made Harry angry, and instead of just punishing Marty, he punished all the Jews.
6: When Marty told Queen Ellie Harry's plan, she was shocked. Marty begged her to go tell the King and make him save the Jews. But Ellie said, "I'm not allowed to go to the king without his permission. The law says that if I do so, I will be put to death!"
8: So Ellie and all of the Jews prayed, fasted, and asked God to let her go before the king safely and to help Ellie save the Jews.
10: Finally, Ellie went before the king. The king stretched out his staff to show her that she would not be killed and asked her what she wanted. Ellie replied, "I would like it if you came to a feast tomorrow, Harry and Marty will also be there." The king, liking feasts, agreed.
12: The next day Ellie had a big dinner for the king. During the dinner Ellie announced to all of the guests, "Harry is an evil man!" The king was shocked. "What are you talking about?" the king asked Ellie. Ellie than said to the king, "Harry had a plan to kill all of the Jews. I am a Jew and so Harry was going to kill me and my family!" The king was very angry with Harry and ordered him to leave the town. Harry left the town and was never seen again.
14: Then the king said to all of the Jews, "I can’t stop Harry's armies from trying to kill you because they are already on their way. However, you are all now allowed to fight back against Harry's army and protect yourself!" All of the Jews were very happy, and when Harry's army came they were able to protect themselves.
16: Ellie knew what Harry was doing to the Jews was wrong. Ellie was afraid to talk to the king, but she did so because she knew it was the right thing to do. | Because of Marty’s bravery and Queen Ellie’s courage, the Jews were saved, and they all lived happily ever after. | That’s what courage is all about, doing the right thing, even when you’re scared.
18: Sight Words Used in Ellie the Brave a, about, after, again, all, am, an, and, are, at, be, because, before, but, came, can, did, do, down, for, found, go, going, had, he, help, her, him, his, if, is, it, just, know, let, like, made, make, many, me, my, never, new, not, now, of, once, only, put, right, said, saw, second, she, show, so, stop, tell, that, the, their, then, there, they, this, to, upon, very, was, went, were, when, wish, would, you
19: The Writers and Illustrators with the Editors
20: “The Solomon Shelf” “The Solomon Shelf” is an idea which developed in one of my Old Testament classes during the second semester of the 2007-2008 academic year. As we were reading the first chapter of the book of Ezekiel aloud one class period, one of my students said, “You should read that to your daughter.” I replied, "There are no pictures.” Another student suggested, “We can draw the pictures!” I said, “The text is a little complicated.” My students said, “We can rewrite it!” And from there a series of books which my students entitled “The Solomon Shelf” was born. While we were not able to complete the project that semester, I want to say “Thank You!” to this group of students who had the foresight and innovation to lay the foundation for this project. “Thank you” Baylor Banks, Hilliard Burton, Forrest Cobb, Shelby Dover, Monique Gilmore, Jeremy Godsell, Anna Greene, Mary Zack H'Doubler, Lillian Haas, Sam Higgins, Julia Marshall, William Morgan, and CiCi Reid. Without you all, “The Solomon Shelf” would not exist, and therefore would not benefit the many elementary students for whom biblical literacy and literacy as a whole is the key to unlock the world. Kay F. Solomon Department of Biblical Studies The Westminster Schools Atlanta, Georgia