S: Eddie and the King of the Moabites 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: Eddie and the King of the Moabites A Retelling of Judges 3:12-30 Text and images by Molly Kaplan, Margot Taylor, Andy Stormont, and Blake Ashley Ninth Graders in Kay Solomon's 2008-2009 Old Testament Class The Westminster Schools Edited by John Kaelber, Peter Tarkenton, Astrid Wheeler, Jane Powers, and Louis Brogan First Graders in Sara Chapman's and Mya King's 2008-2009 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 2009 Kay F. Solomon, The Westminster Schools
2: A group of people called the Israelites, also known as the Lites, were God’s chosen people. They were trying to get their country back. This country was called Cloverville.
3: A group of people called the Moabites, also known as the Bites, lived in Cloverville. So the Lites had to defeat the Bites to get Cloverville back, and the only way they could do this was with God’s help.
4: But while the Lites were fighting the Bites, the Lites disobeyed God. So God let the Bites defeat them, and the Lites were slaves for seventeen years.
5: The King of the Bites, King Egg, lived in the nice land of Cloverville, where all he did was eat and sleep. He ate so much he got quite fat. In fact, he was the fattest person to ever walk the earth, and people often said he looked like an egg.
6: During the Lites’ time of slavery, they prayed to God, and after seventeen years God sent a man named Eddie to save them. Now Eddie was not very big or strong, but he was very tricky, and he would try to save them.
7: Eddie was thinking about how he was going to kill the King, for if he killed the King the Lites would be free. Then one day, Eddie came up with a very tricky, very clever plan and he got his carriage and rode off to the castle.
8: On his way down the hill to the castle, Eddie made himself a sword and hid it in his pants. Then he bought a kind gift for the King and entered the castle.
9: Eddie was led through the castle by a group of guards, and when he got to the King’s room, he went up to King Egg and gave him the gift, some cake. King Egg, liking food so much, enjoyed the yellow cake with white icing.
10: Eddie went up to the King and told him that he had a secret message for him. So the King sent all the guards out of the room, until it was only the two of them.
11: Eddie pulled out his sword and stuck it into the King’s stomach. The king was so fat that even when Eddie put the whole sword in his stomach, it still didn’t poke out the back. Eddie quickly left the room and locked the door.
13: When the guards came back and found the locked door, they guessed that the King was having private time. After a while they got nervous, opened the door, and found the King lying dead on the floor. By this time, Eddie had gotten away.
14: Because Eddie did what God told him to do, the Lites were able to defeat the Bites. Once the Bites were gone, the Lites got Cloverville back and lived happily.
16: And great things will happen to you. | Obey God, whatever you do,
17: And great things can happen to you.
18: Sight Words Used In Eddie and the King of the Moabites Pre-Primer a, and, away, big, down, for, help, in, it, not, one, said, the, to, up, where, yellow, you Primer all, ate, be, but, came, did, do, eat, get, he, like, now, on, so, that, they, this, was, went, white, will, with 1st Grade after, an, as, by, could, had, him, his, how, let, of, some, them, then, walk, were, when 2nd Grade found, gave, made, off, or, sleep, their, very, would 3rd Grade about, got, if, kind, much, only, try Nouns back, cake, day, door, egg, floor, hill, man, thing, time, way
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