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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Wisdom of Solomon: A Solomon Lapp and Friends Amish Storybook (Religious Children's Fiction)



Released March 2009

www.solomonlappandfriends.com

Reviewed by Deb Fowler

Every young child has lessons to learn and Solomon was no exception. His sister Sara often had a few lessons to learn as well. When you are young, it does take a bit of time and the wisdom of others to help you along your way. Solomon was a young Amish boy from a large family. Solomon, Mervin, Clarence, Paul, Aaron, Owen, Barbara, Katie, Carolyn and Sara and their parents were all there together to guide and nourish each other along their life’s paths. Oh, and of course they had ten cousins and their Uncle Noah (who just happened to be a minister).

Solomon thought he was schmaert (smart) and was often prone to give advice and didn’t hesitate to pat himself on the back, not realizing that some of his advice came from vanity and not logic. Abe wanted to know how he could get his teeth cleaner and Solomon raced into the house for a bar of soap. “Danki!” (thanks) Everyone he had given advice to ran into trouble of sorts. Uncle Noah reminded him that “before giving advice, it’s best to pray and ask for wisdom.” Sara on the other hand, didn’t want her brother Solomon’s advice when he said to her “you’re stretching the truth.” She said a spider was as “big as a horse,” she broke one of her Mom’s favorite dishes and broke the string on Solomon’s yo-yo. Was Sara going to learn to be honest or would she get her good friend Betty in trouble? “Thump! Thump! Thump!” Sara’s heart was pounding. It was now or never!

This value-based book was utterly charming and I was so entranced I almost finished it in one sitting. Each chapter is introduced with quotation from Proverbs to introduce the ethic or common sense teaching that Solomon or Sara (or your own child) will need to learn. The way of the Amish and their dialogue is gently introduced throughout the book. Regardless of creed, this book is one that will gently point out lessons that need to be learned. The playful artwork that graces almost every page meshes perfectly with the text. In the back of the book is a glossary of “Amish Words and Phrases.” This is a delightful book is one you won’t want to pass up!

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