DANIEL AND THE LORD OF LIONS by Gloria Jean Pinkney

DANIEL AND THE LORD OF LIONS

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Age Range: 6 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

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 protégé 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)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-687-65235-8
Page count: 32pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2008




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