Thursday, April 22, 2010

Damon, Pythias, and the Test of Friendship - Retold by Teresa Bateman Paintings by Layne Johnson

This beautiful picture book tells a lovely story of true friendship.  This is based on a true story in ancient Italy on the island of Sicily.  Pythias and Damon are best friends.  When a harsh ruler sentences Pythias to death their friendship is put to the test.  This story is powerful and inspiring.  Bateman vividly retells the story while Johnson's paintings bring this story to life.

POSITIVE:  Pythias and Damon's friendship is a compelling example of trust and loyalty. The story also shows the meaning of forgiveness and love.  Their friendship is a great example of John 15:12-13 "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends."  Pythias and Damon are a good illustration of true love between believers even though this is not a Christian story.

EDUCATIONAL: This book is a good introduction to the island of Sicily.  You can talk about geography and ancient customs of Italians.

  • Teach about Sicilian culture - make an art piece or sicilian recipe
  • Look up other Sicilian stories of that time
  • Simple bible study on friendship

As always any comments or suggestions are welcome!

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