S: The New King and Queen 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 New King and Queen A Retelling of Genesis 24 Text and images by Isabel Callaway, Justin Geeza, Alexander Ostrow, and Sandy Sharis Ninth Graders in Kay Solomon's 2009-2010 Old Testament Class The Westminster Schools Edited by Weyimi Agbeyegbe, Aldyn Goheen, Jack Halliburton, Madison Harrell, Sam Pavur, and Morgan Warfield 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 in a place far away, lived King Adam, who sent a servant one day To find a Princess in a nearby land who would take his son, Prince Tommy's hand.
4: From castle to castle the servant went. By his master, he was sent.
5: So he looked all around... | ...but no princesses were to be found.
6: But no matter what, the servant obeyed, about to give up, he decided to pray. "The next girl who comes and offers me a drink can marry Tommy," and before he could blink..."
7: His prayer was heard, and God sent his word. The servant turned around and was shocked to find A girl who appeared to be just the right kind.
8: He asked her for water and then said, "You're whose daughter?" "My father is Luke," Becky said. Then she took him back home to eat some bread.
9: So he gave Becky a gown and some shoes. Then she went to tell her father the news! | The servant said that his master had sent him to look for a beautiful wife for his son to adore.
10: Although she would leave, her father was glad, while her mother cried and was very sad.
11: ! | Becky was blessed by her family, so she and the servant left happily.
12: So the servant took Becky back to Tommy's home, and when they got there, they saw Tommy walking all alone. In the gardens he wandered to and fro, wishing he hadn't let the servant go.
13: But then Becky came into view, looking beautiful in her new dress and fine glass shoe. She excitedly started towards the man, as Tommy walked across the land.
15: He greeted the girl with a very proper bow, and he held her hand and said, "Let's get married NOW!" So they went and spoke with the King, and then Tommy gave her a big diamond ring.
16: They quickly got ready in their nicest clothes. Becky tied her hair in the prettiest of bows. Then they were married, the happiest couple ever seen, and they later became the best King and Queen!
18: Sight Words Used in The New King and Queen a, about, all, and, around, ask, away, be, before, best, big, but, by, came, can, could, eat, drink, far, find, for, found, from, gave, get, go, got, he, her, him, his, in, into, is, just, kind, let, live, look, me, my, no, now, off, once, one, pretty, right, said, saw, she, so, some, start, take, tell, that, the, then, they, to, upon, very, was, were, went, what, who, would, you Sight Phrases Used her father, my father, some bread, then he said, they were, you are
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