This first Bible allegory/Western book in the "Heroes of Promise" series by the Miller brothers is published by Warner Press, Inc.
The Legend of Gid the Kid and the Black Bean Bandits is written for kids ages 5 to 10. The age range reflects readability and not necessarily content appropriateness.
The townspeople of Promise fear the masked Black Bean Bandits, who steal and bring havoc to their town. The White Rider challenges a boy, Gid, to stand up to the bandits and not live in fear.
The White Rider gives Gid and the people of Promise the strength they need to overcome their fears and stand up to the Black Bean Bandits. Like God, the White Rider rides alongside Gid and the people of Promise but is usually not seen by the people of Promise. This cowboy tale recounts many of the same elements as the Bible story about Gideon. The Black Bean Bandits (Midianites) were bullies to the people of Promise (Israelites). During a night fight, the White Riders cowboys (God's army) are seen on the horizon to fight the battle for Gid and his three companions.
The White Rider is the ultimate authority, and Gid accepts responsibility to lead the townspeople. Gid asks cowboys to leave his posse when the White Rider says he has too many people to beat the bandits.
Other Belief Systems
If your children have read this book or someone has read it to them, consider these discussion topics:
- Consider reading Judges 6:11-7:25 about Gideon. Then discuss the similarities and differences between the Bible story and this picture book.
- This story deals with bullies.
Do you know any bullies?
Have you ever been bullied?
- What did you do when you were bullied?
- Gid was afraid.
Have you ever been afraid?
- What did you do to get over your fears?
- How do you think God can help you amid your fears?
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