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“God will look after me,” David. –David and the Giant
David and the Giant
Step into Reading 2
by Emily Little
David and the Giant tells the Bible story in a fun way that is perfect for younger readers. David cares for his father’s sheep. One day, David is given a basket of food to take to his brothers, who are fighting in a war. Goliath demands that the King choose one man to fight him, but all the men are afraid. David, though he is small, will face Goliath.
David and the Giant is part of the Step into Reading Level Two series, which targets readers in preschool through first grade. Each page features one to three short sentences in large font, making it an easy read. The full-page illustrations use muted colors to bring David’s story to life. Even though David kills Goliath, the illustrations are somewhat comical. However, the pictures do include Goliath being stoned in the head and falling down—dead.
Parents who want to teach their children Biblical stories will enjoy reading David and the Giant to their children as it teaches that God looks out for his people. The story highlights David’s courage and bravery and shows that God looked after David. Even though David faced many threats, he was without fear because he trusted God. David and the Giant retells David’s story with a simple plot and child-friendly illustrations that children will love.
- When a lion tries to eat a sheep, David “killed the lion all by himself.” The illustration shows David using a sling and the rock hitting the lion in the head.
- When David went to fight Goliath, Goliath laughed and said, “Let me turn you into food for the birds.” David uses his sling to kill Goliath. The illustration shows David using a sling and the rock hitting Goliath in the head.
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- David takes care of his father’s sheep and “God looked after David.”