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The Wisdom of Solomon Review by Lyria Moore

By Wanda E. Brunstetter
Barbour Publishing
1810 Barbour Dr.
PO Box 719
Uhrichsville, Ohio 44683

The Wisdom of Solomon is a hardcover chapter book, with 12 chapters and a glossary of Amish words and phrases in the back. Throughout the book, the author uses English German words to tell the story of young Solomon Lapp, who lived in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The chapters tell how Solomon lives out his life by following the teachings of the Bible. Though Solomon doesn't always follow the Bibles' teachings, he ultimately finds that God's ways are the best ways. Comic strip style illustrations are on almost every page, and they aid in the fun of reading the story to children. It gives this chapter book a picture book feel. For children who read this book independently, the illustrations will charm them as they see what they are reading about.

This book would be used well as a read-aloud. Each chapter could be read as a bedtime story, and your children can ask questions during or after the story. Since children like to talk and bedtime and relate the events of the day, this book would help to put all the day's activities into perspective. As your children hear and see how Solomon Lapp uses Scripture to remind him how to behave and think, they will be encouraged that they too can use Scripture to help them follow God's ways as they go about their day. Watching another child their age make right decisions will be a positive influence. With so many books out there that talk about nonsense and silliness, it's refreshing to read one that talks about eternal principles.

I loved this book! My children just ate it up. I started reading it as a read aloud to them, and eventually my oldest took over and read the whole thing on her own! She loved the stories and how Solomon handled himself. She thought the pictures were funny and liked that there were so many. We had many chances to talk about how to apply God's Word to our situation. I loved the Scripture reference at the beginning of each chapter. The German words in the book slowed down the reading just a bit, but that's to be expected when encountering a new language. In time, I was able to overcome the awkwardness and breeze through the words.

I highly recommend The Wisdom of Solomon to every homeschooling household. It will encourage your children in the ways of God. All libraries could use more books like that!

Product review by Lyria Moore, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, August 2009