“David led an adventurous life – from shepherd to warrior to the king of Israel. But he was also a man of God. Read about this hero from the Bible and his place in history,” Nancy I. Sanders writes on the back jacket of her book, King David.
Part of the Get to Know series, this one hundred and twenty-eight page paperback targets children six to ten years old interested in knowing more about characters in the Bible. Written as a full-color biography for kids, this one concentrates on the life of King David from the Old Testament. This reader wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.
After acknowledgements, the book contains twelve chapters devoted to different periods in David’s life, followed by a timeline, glossary, bibliography, source notes, student resources, and author’s biography.
What makes this book unique for children is the plethora of information displayed in an engaging format of short articles, highlighted inserts, photographs, maps, and copies of paintings. With colored icons, there are references for Scripture reading, Bible heroes, eyewitness accounts, fun facts, and word meanings.
Chapter stories retell David as a shepherd boy, servant, giant slayer, and king including when he hid from Saul, was crowned as king, his sin with Bathsheba, his desire to build the temple, and a future kingdom. Color photographs include Bethlehem, the Valley of Elah, Ziklag, Hebron, the Gihon Spring, Jerusalem, the Church of the Nativity, a tomb, and a tabernacle, as well as famous paintings, reliefs, weapons, and objects related to Biblical times.
Flipping through the glossy pages, the “Did You Know” sections stand out explaining side notes such as Josephus’s writings, what David may have looked like, David’s troops including the Thee and the Thirty, and materials gathered to build the temple. Often the pages end with highlighted words in the chapter and their meanings, ranging from Priests, Showbread, and Yahweh to Gracious, Pure, and Sacrifices.
The heroes focus on Moses, the Levites, Samuel, Samson, Abigail, Nathan and the apostle Peter, listed in separate paragraphs throughout the chapters. There are several inserts of Bible verses and eye-witness accounts.
For a daily read, a Sunday school lesson, or to be used as a book report, this is a phenomenal tool for young children to learn about a Biblical character. With additional books on Jesus, Mary, and the Apostle Paul available, there should be room on the bookshelf for this educational series.
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