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    1. Kristina
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      April 28, 2009
      Kristina
      Marcus is a blind and deaf slave. But one day, he dares to raise his head as the west wind blows by. Suddenly, he can see and hear a young man who says he comes in the name of his King, who wishes to tell him, "You shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free." All Marcus must do is follow the young man.Marcus follows the young man to a lush field where he meets his new master, the King. "I am your master, and you will no longer be called a slave, but my friend," the King says. "And don't forget, you now have eyes to see the truth and ears to hear my word."Later, Marcus finds himself alongside the stone wall separating his new home from his old. He hears a frightening voice - that of his old master. The voice tells him he doesn't belong in the King's field and that he should return to his true master - now! Marcus is about to obey when he hears the King's voice whispering.Marcus says, "I belong to the King!" His old master "backed off, like a snake crawling away, like a coward away from the face of courage."When Marcus returns to the King, his master tells him, "You must never think that you have to obey that old snake...But the stone wall cannot keep out the sound of his voice...I will not always seem to be near...although you can never change back into a slave again, you do have the choice to act like one, to live like one. The chains have no power over you that you do not give them." What I Like: The illustrations are exquisite. They make beautiful use of light, offering us rich hues and faces full of expression. The story itself does not talk down to children; in fact, it's mature enough, this book makes a nice gift for adults, too. What I Dislike: The first two pages are a bit clunky. There's a lot of telling instead of showing. But the rest of the book is so good, I don't think you'll much mind.Overall Rating: Very good.Kristina SeleshankoManaging EditorChristian Children's Book Review
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