S: Chip's Big Adventure 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 text 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.
1: Chip’s Big Adventure A Retelling of Genesis 29 Text and images by Sam Allen, Emma Boelter Mary Ann Scott, and Margaret Strickland Ninth Graders in Kay Solomon's 2009-2010 Old Testament Class The Westminster Schools Edited by Chase Curry, Alex Edler, Sriya Kantipudi, Cabot Kimball, Faiz Merchant, Sidney Nguyen, and Brooke Rascoe First Graders in Mya King’s and Jennifer Griffith’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, there was a jub-jub named Chip. He was traveling down to the small town of Jubaville.
3: It was a long trip, so Chip decided to rest in a field. While he was resting, he saw another jub-jub walking nearby. She was very pretty.
4: He ran to her, and they started to talk. "My name is Zoey," she said. Chip and Zoey fell in love right away.
5: Zoey wanted Chip to meet her family, so she took him to her house. There, Chip met Zoey's father and her mean sister Barb.
6: When Chip met Zoey's father, he told him that he wanted to marry Zoey because he loved her. But Chip was told that he could not until he found the biggest lollipop in the world.
7: So Chip searched for months... | He climbed mountains,
8: crossed rivers,
9: and crawled through caves, until he finally found the biggest lollipop in the world.
10: After Chip had found the biggest lollipop, he had to return back to Jubaville. Very carefully, he crawled through caves, crossed rivers, and climbed mountains.
11: When Chip arrived with the biggest lollipop, the jub-jubs had a big wedding for Chip and Zoey.But Chip could not see Zoey's face because she was wearing a very big hat. When the wedding was done, she took off her hat. But it was not Zoey...
12: IT WAS HER MEAN SISTER BARB!!!
13: Randy saw that Chip was angry and told him that in their small town of Jubaville, the oldest daughter got married first. "Go and find me the biggest cookie in the world," he said, "and then you can marry Zoey."
14: Chip was very sad that he would have to leave Zoey in order to find the biggest cookie, but because he loved her, he agreed to go.
15: Chip climbed mountains, crossed rivers, and crawled through caves, until he finally found the biggest cookie in the world.
16: Even though Chip was very tired, he wanted to return to Jubaville as fast as he could so that he could see Zoey again. Chip crawled through caves, crossed rivers, and climbed mountains until he finally reached Jubaville.
17: Chip found Randy and gave him the cookie. Randy was very happy, and so he kept his promise. Chip and Zoey finally got married and they lived happily ever after.
18: a, after, again, and, as, away, because, big, but, done, down, can, could, fast, find, first, for, found, gave, go, had, have, he, her, him, his, if, in, is, it, long, me, must, my, not, of, off, once, or, pretty, right, said, saw, see, she, small, so, starts, that, the, them, there, to, up, upon, very, was, when, with, would, you | Sight Words Used in Chip's Big Adventure
19: The Writers and Illustrators with the Editors | 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