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S: The Convincing Lion 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: The Convincing Lion A Retelling of Numbers 22-24 Text and images by Jonathan Doan, Sahara Fletcher, Piper Ruhmkorff, and Harrison Woodward Ninth Graders in Kay Solomon's 2009-2010 Old Testament Class The Westminster Schools Edited by Dorothy Bird, Ellie Gilbert, Kerrick McDonald Pierce Roberts, and Maya Smith First Graders in Sara Chapman’s and Barbara Hauptfuhrer’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, there was a little boy named Luke and a big boy named Billy.

5: One day, Billy said to Luke, "Go to the candy store and steal candy for me!" But God said, "Don't steal the candy, Luke. It is wrong!"

6: Luke decided to go anyway because Billy was bigger and Luke was scared of him.

8: So the next day, Luke was walking his dog Spot to the candy store.

9: God saw what he was doing and He told a lion, "Go to Luke and stop him from stealing the candy."

10: Spot saw the lion, but Luke did not. The lion scared her so she ran away from him. Luke chased Spot all around town until he finally caught her. When Luke caught up to Spot, he yelled, "Bad dog!"

11: Then, God made Spot talk. Spot asked Luke, "Why are you saying I am a bad dog? I never did anything bad. I saved you from the lion!" And when Luke looked, he finally saw the lion and realized Spot really was a good dog.

12: Luke decided not to steal the candy because of the scary lion in his way. The next day, God saw that the lion had stopped Luke from stealing the candy, and He said to Luke, "I am very proud of you for listening to Me."

13: Because Luke listened, God stopped the lion from eating him and gave him one thousand pieces of candy!

15: When God looked at Billy, He saw that Billy was still bad. God told the lion, "Go to Billy's house and eat him." The lion listened to God and ate him.

17: Moral: Listening to God is the right thing to do, even though others may tell you not to.

18: Sight Words Used in The Convincing Lion a, all, am, and, are, around, at, ate, away, because, big, but, did, don’t, eat, for, from, gave, go, good, had, he, her, him, his, I, in, is, it, little, made, may, me, never, not, once, of, ran, right, said, saw, she, so, stop, tell, that, the, there, to, up, upon, very, was, what, when, why, 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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