WHEN SOLOMON WAS KING by Sheila MacGill-Callahan

WHEN SOLOMON WAS KING

Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Young Prince Solomon, heading home empty-handed from his first hunt, comes to the rescue of a wounded lioness and spends the next day--the Sabbath--wandering about in the meadow near the den, marvelling at nature. The years pass and he becomes king, but, over time, begins to suffer from a bad case of self-importance. Out hunting again, he gains a sharp lesson in humility from an eagle, and renews his friendship with the lioness. Solomon sees the light and mends his ways; never again do the Israelites hunt for pleasure. MacGill-Callahan paces the story well, including a measure of suspense in the final pages, but the story is jarringly delivered, with abrupt changes and contrivances that either lose continuity or credibility. Nor are Johnson's formal-looking illustrations compelling; while some have the power of good portraiture, others are overly romantic or stiff with sentimentalism. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1995
ISBN: 0-8037-1589-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dial
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 1995




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