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S: Faithful Fairies 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: Faithful Fairies A Retelling of Exodus 1:1-22 Text and images by John Brewer, Kathryn Foley, Sloan Krakovsky, Dorothy Reeves, and Jesse Webb Ninth Graders in Kay Solomon's 2009-2010 Old Testament Class The Westminster Schools Edited by Gray Aldridge, Ava Alexander, Grace Armstrong, Noa Deseda, Benjamin Spinrad, and Connor Weselman 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

3: Once upon a time, a man named Joe lived in Egypt with his family and they were very happy.

5: Joe and his wife got married and had kids, who then had kids, who had more kids, until they grew into one big family that God called the Hebrews.

6: Then a new king came to Egypt. But the new king didn't like Joe and his family.

7: The king saw how many Hebrews there were and he did not like it. The number of people was growing, and the king felt that they might take over his kingdom if they grew anymore.

8: So the king put all of the Hebrews in jail, but even as they were in jail God watched over them.

9: One day, the king summoned his magical fairies, Bella and Ella, ''Fairies, you are to turn all of the baby boys into mice.''"

10: But the fairies didn't change the boys because they knew that it was not the right thing to do.

11: When the king found out what the fairies did he asked,''Why didn't you listen to me?'' So the fairies replied, ''God protected the boys from our magic!''"

13: The king trusted the fairies because he knew they were good-hearted.

15: Because the fairies did the right thing, God gave them beautiful dresses and shiny new wands.!

18: Sight Words Used in Faithful Fairies a, all, and, are, because, big, but, came, did, do, don't, for, from, gave, good, got, grow, had, he, his, how, I, if, in, into, is, it, know, like, many, me, new, not, of, once, one, our, out, over, put, right, said, saw, so, take, that, the, them, then, there, they, to, upon, very, was, were, who, why, with, 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

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