As the lucky mom of several boys bli ayin hara, I’ve had my share of “WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?!” moments.
Between digging up the lawn in search of worms and frogs, and actually attempting to bring said creatures into the house; tackling each other to the ground with war cries and homemade “swords” until I’m afraid of what I’ll find on the “battleground”; and hurtling each other down the stairs like sacks of potatoes because that’s the game they made up (“Don’t worry, Ma—it doesn’t hurt!”)—my boys certainly keep me on my toes.
Nevertheless, even very, shall we say, boyish Jewish boys need to be nurtured with Torah from when they’re young—and that includes regaling them with stories from Tanach that they can relate to and enjoy.
Which is why I was so thrilled to discover Zev Wahl’s latest book in The Illustrated Tanach Series, called Dovid and Golias. Here is a book based completely on the events from Sefer Shmuel, related in an exciting way that boys adore! I mean, check out those illustrations of the Jewish and Plishti armies, and the battleground scenes! My boys were poring over those pages for a good long time.
So take my word for it, fellow parents of boys (and girls, too! There’s nothing in this book that a girl won’t enjoy either!): when it comes to children’s books, Dovid and Golias combines the best of both worlds. It’s got the tochen you want your kids to be reading, and it’s got the excitement and thrill that they want to read too!
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