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Daniel in the Lions' Den: A Bible Story    by Jean Marzollo order for
Daniel in the Lions' Den
by Jean Marzollo
Order:  USA  Can
Little, Brown & Co., 2004 (2004)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Daniel in the Lions' Den is an amusing re-telling of the familiar Bible story, accompanied by colorful, childlike illustrations, and a running commentary from a long line of ants.

Jealous Babylonian officials plot Jewish Daniel's downfall, and persuade King Darius to pass a law to prohibit people praying to anyone other than the king. Of course, Daniel stands up for his beliefs and ends up with the traditional punishment, being tossed into a den of lions. This version has it inhabited by a roaring family, including a disobedient little lion, who's very proud of his big teeth. Fortunately, an angel gets in on the act, hiding Daniel, distracting the beasts, and singing them a lullaby. You know the ending.

What makes this version great fun are its touches of humor, especially the dialogue amongst the ants, who accompany the reader at the bottom of each page. They ask questions that many small ones might wonder about, like 'What if kings make bad laws?' ... and answer them too, 'That's a big problem.' There's still lots to learn from Daniel in the Lions' Den, and this picture book makes it easy to digest.

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