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The Wisdom of Solomon by Wanda E. Brunstetter

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Cover art: The Wisdom of Solomon Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: The Wisdom of Solomon, A Solomon Lapp & friends Amish Storybook
Author: Wanda E. Brunstetter
Publisher: Barbour
ISBN-13: 978-1-60260-283-0
Release Date: May 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Children’s Storybook, Bible based
Publisher’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 3-7
OUAR’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 3-10
Year/Setting: Present Day Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Overall rating: 5.0
Wanda's Website: www.wandabrunstetter.com & www.solomonlappandfriends.com/


Solomon Lapp is a lovable little Amish boy living in Lancaster County, PA. He’s trying very hard to do his best, but sometimes a bit of trouble gets in the way. Follow Solomon and his family and friends as they go through all sorts of situations. From helping others solve problems, goats on the loose, mischief between brothers and sisters and much, much more. Through it all, Solomon learns about living right and how to treat others. All of the stories help teach a lesson through Solomon, without sounding like a lecture to the reader.

Each of the twelve stories starts with a Bible verse. That verse ends up being the main theme of the story. I had as much fun reading this book as my children had listening to it. We read a story each night before bed. While my twelve year old wasn’t interested in sitting down to read the book, some of the stories caught his attention and he did listen to a few. He was even enlisted to be the reader one evening. So while I wouldn’t purchase it for a pre-teen, I know they still enjoy some aspects of this book.

The stories are a nice length for children of all ages. Short enough that a very little one can manage to sit through it, yet there’s enough action and length to keep older children engaged. With wonderful, cartoon-like, colorful illustrations by Phil A. Stone, this book will delight children of all ages. A terrific addition to your picture book shelves, I see this as a storybook that will be read over and over again.

Robyn

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