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David and Goliath (Bible Story) Hardcover – April 28, 2004


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PreSchool-Grade 3–This installment in a series about biblical heroes features a childhood favorite: David, the young shepherd who slew the giant Goliath. Marzollo's lighthearted watercolor cartoons and brief, but informative narrative are presented against white backgrounds, resulting in an accessible layout that encourages independent reading. An introductory author's note mentions David's talent for creating psalms and explains that the 23rd Psalm has been interspersed throughout his adventures in stanzas printed in blue ink. Additional layers of text include conversations among the characters and a border featuring silhouettes of sheep along with their comments on the action. The field of single-volume stories about Old Testament characters that are humorous, interesting, well designed, and appropriate for a wide range of libraries is relatively fallow. This one has been carefully tended.–Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
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About the Author

Jean Marzollo is the author of over one hundred books, including the best-selling, award-winning I SPY books (with photographs by Walter Wick).
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 5
  • Series: Bible Story
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers (April 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316741388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316741385
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #560,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jean Marzollo was born and raised in Manchester, Connecticut.

She says, "As a child, I loved to read and sew dolls' clothes, one outfit after another. I am a graduate of Manchester High School, the University of Connecticut, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. After working as a high school English teacher and editor of Scholastic's "Let's Find Out" kindergarten magazine with Carol Devine Carson for 20 years, I began writing children's books. I have written over 130 books, including the award-winning, best-selling I SPY series for children, written completely in rhythm and rhyme. Rhythm and rhyme are like music without the tune; they lure and excite the ear. Children love rhythm and rhyme, and so do I. Do you know that I SPY actually has the same rhythm as "Old Mother Hubbard" and also rap? I treasure the beautiful, intricate photographs by Walter Wick in the I SPY books. When I wrote the first I SPY book, I automatically thought of kindergarten children so everything that I called for was concrete, something a 5-year-old can find. The result is a hunting game that children and grownups can play together successfully. Sometimes children are better than their parents! In recent years I took up painting and have begun to illustrate my own "books on paper" and "books online." You can see them on my website: jeanmarzollo.com. Writing and illustrating picture books today is as much fun as sewing dolls' clothes was when I was in third grade. As soon as I'm done with one book, I'm happily compelled to start the next."

Jean Marzollo lives in Upstate New York.

www.JeanMarzollo.com

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sherri R. Myers on May 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This version of the bible story David and Goliath is fantastic! It tells the story with full-color drawings done by the author and tells the story clearly for kids from 4-10. It will make your kids smile at the sometimes silly drawings, but while they are laughing, the story is sinking in also. This is one of the best renditions of this story I have ever read, and highly recommend it. The little sheep at the bottom of each page never hesitate to add their cute comments as seen from a sheep's point of view, either. My kids really enjoyed this book and I'm sure yours will too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christine M. Irvin on February 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
There are many stories for children written about the Bible character, David, as he is a main figure in several books of the Old Testament and the favorite of many children (as well as adults). David and Goliath, written and illustrated by prolific author/illustrator Jean Marzollo, tells the well-known story of David's battle with the giant Goliath, taken from the Scriptures 1 Samuel 17. Children unfamiliar with the story will enjoy the suspense of the story; those who already know it, will enjoy this retelling.

What I Like: I liked Jean Marzollo's writing style. She tells about the battle, and what leads up to it, with an emphasis on what David thought about the whole thing. I think kids can relate to that. And, she uses lots of lively, descriptive language throughout the book. In the introduction, she explains that David was the author of many psalms, that are like poems or songs. So, she included verses from the 23rd Psalm as part of the text. The verses are highlighted in blue ink to set them apart from the rest of the text.

At first, I didn't like the illustrations. The Bible story is retold, in part, in the usual manner, with normal-sized print on the page. Some of the illustrations are what you'd expect, pictures on the page to illustrate the story. But the storyline is interspersed with comic-book-like illustrations. The characters in the illustrations "talk" to each other, like they do in comic books. I thought they made the page "too busy." But, I've changed my mind: I now think kids would enjoy the story being told this way. And, I know they would enjoy the bold colors, which I do like.

Also, there are little animals that run across the bottoms of each page.
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By Pat on December 22, 2013
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Our grandson, David, loves for us to read this book to him. Although the illustrations are not the greatest, in my opinion, I have cut out photos of his face and glued them onto the face of David in the book. Now, our grandson totally identifies with David and talks about him and the story as it were happening to him.
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I liked the wording and enjoyed the small added comments of the sheep, at the bottom of the page. It is simple and fun for a younger reader, while the story is true to the Bible narrative.
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While there is no shortage of books with bible stories for young children, there are few that do a good job of it. This is a great book -- I recommend it highly.
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