The Old Testament story of Daniel in the lions' den is smoothly retold in this longer story for children in the early elementary grades. Pinkney's retelling focuses on Daniel's courage and strong faith, showing his growth from boyhood to slavery in Babylonia and his rise to a powerful position as a governor and prot�g� of the king. The author successfully conveys the depth of Daniel's faith and clearly summarizes the complex political situation in Babylonia that led to Daniel's incarceration with the lions. Casilla's full-spread illustrations in bright jewel tones create a distinct look and personality for Daniel and convey the menacing power of the snarling, prowling lions. The elision of one of the dramatic highlights of the story�when the angel appears to Daniel and shuts the lions' mouths�is supported by scripture but may be somewhat disappointing nevertheless. The lions do appear in the last pages with their mouths firmly closed, with a few exhibiting just the hint of a smile. A solid treatment, both textually and visually. (author's note) (Picture book/religion. 6-9)
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Daniel and the Lord of Lions
By Gloria Jean Pinkney, Robert Casilla
Abingdon PressCopyright © 2008 Gloria Jean Pinkney
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Long ago before the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, there lived in the city of Jerusalem a boy named Daniel. That name was an excellent choice because Daniel means. "God is my judge." Indeed, in his early years. Daniel set his heart to love and humble himself before the living GOD.
Young Daniel was healthy and handsome, bright, and wise. He knelt and prayed three times a day. and God heard his prayers. No one could have guessed what adventures this boy would have later in his life!
When Jerusalem was conquered by the Babylonian army, the Babylonian king took the city's treasures, along with its princes, skilled workers, and educated youths far away to the city of Babylon. So young Daniel found himself in the foreign palace of a king he did not know. He was forced to learn the language and the ways of his captors.
Yet, as busy as his life was, he still took time to pray. In his heart. Daniel's faith and trust were in God, and his skills soared above everyone else's.
Over the years, Babylonia became a vast realm. The king at the time, King Darius, needed help to rule so many, people. Therefore he appointed 120 princes, and three governors to manage the princess. Even though Daniel was not a Babylonian, the king appointed Daniel as his first governor.
One day right after Daniel had delivered a perfect account of the king's business. King Darius began to think out loud. Hmmm, my servant Daniel has proven himself to be an honorable person with an excellent spirit. He should be the chief governor over my whole kingdom.
Word of the king's plans got around, and whispers began to sweep through the king's court. "We won't answer to Daniel." the second governor said. "He's not a Babylonian." Daniel overheard, but he didn't say a word.
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Nice job by Gloria Pinkney in retelling the bible story of Daniel in the Lions Den. The book is wonderfully illustrated. Kids will enjoy the illustrations of the lions.