This easy-to-read chapter book teaches children about the history of King David, how he rose to power, and some of his many stupendous achievements.
Young David shepherded his family’s flock. In order to save them from predatory lions, he practiced his slingshot skills until he became proficient and could accurately aim a stone. When his people, the Israelites, went to war against the Philistines, their warriors were afraid of Goliath, an imposing Philistine giant, who was mightier than any of the Israelite soldiers. No one was willing to fight Goliath, intimidated as they were by his size and strength. David told King Saul that he would defend his people from the giant. With courage and the judicious use of his slingshot, he prevailed, slaying the giant and saving his people. He subsequently befriended the king’s son, Jonathan, and later became the king of Israel. He wrote poetry and songs in God’s honor and designed a magnificent, stately Temple in Jerusalem, which was later built by his son, Solomon.
The story of King David is presented clearly and dramatically, with color illustrations that are reminiscent of ancient times and historical events. An afterword reminds children to practice and preserve their skills: if David hadn’t diligently practiced his slingshot, and if he hadn’t perfected his musical talents, he would not have made history and become the role model he is today. Young readers will appreciate and long remember this appealing introduction to biblical stories.
Michal Hoschander Malen is the editor of Jewish Book Council’s young adult and children’s book reviews. A former librarian, she has lectured on topics relating to literacy, run book clubs, and loves to read aloud to her grandchildren.