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Then one day, Kusiima s life suddenly changes when he travels into a nearby protected forest. In the forest, Kusiima is presented with many choices, all with uncertain outcomes. Should he go along with illegal logging? Help to save an endangered baby gorilla? Follow a donkey to who knows where? With each choice, Kusiima has to make yet another decision about what is right in front of him. As he does, he meets a mysterious doctor who holds the key to his past and his future.
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: New Growth Press
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
Series: Rwendigo Tales
Booklover105 Stars Out Of 5a must-read with your entire family!January 1, 2018Booklover10Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5J. A. Myhre has shared another Rwendigo Tale with her readers. The Rwendigo Tales were originally intended for her children to share with them what life is like growing up in Africa. What a beautiful way to share your story and leave a legacy! I'm so glad she didn't keep these stories within her family because my family has greatly enjoyed each Rwendigo Tale that she has written. My son sits still and loves hearing about a country he would love to visit.
One thing that I most appreciate about her stories is that she doesn't make it all glamourous. She's not afraid to share the hard and difficult stories, some of which I'm sure she lives through daily. As a doctor in East Africa, she sees so much pain, heartbreak, while still experiencing some joy. So these stories are written from her heart and her love for East Africa covers the pages. My 7-year-old and 9-year-old both enjoyed this book, but they were 5 when they first read A Chameleon, A Boy, and a Quest. They still remember what each book is about. Even though they are hard topics for little kids, I want my children to know how to be praying for kids around the world. This opened their eyes and helped their prayers to change. Our family has had so many wonderful conversations after reading these books as read-alouds.
Kusiima has no one to take care of him. His parents are gone, so if he is going to survive, it'll be up to him. So he does what one has to do and works to help take care of his grandma and his sister, who isn't well. Life takes a sudden change for him when he's invited to go into the jungle with a group of men. There, he learns that not all men are honorable, respectable, or truthful. He decides to do what is right, but it comes at a cost, possibly to his life.
I would highly recommend this entire series for your family to read together. There is action that satisfies those adventure-seekers, but there's a little something for everyone throughout the whole story. I promise you'll have some fantastic conversations with your family, if you decide to read them aloud!
I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
ElizabethEastern USAAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Engaging Introduction to African Jungle ChallengesOctober 30, 2017ElizabethEastern USAAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4What is it like to grow up in the jungles of Africa? That's what J.A. Myhre sought to depict for her children through her Rwendigo Tales. Originally written as Christmas presents, but now, a gift shared with a wider audience, Myhre shows rather than tells her readers what it is like to grow up in the jungles of Africa. Her experience as a doctor who has served with Serge in East Africa for over two decades uniquely qualifies her to present the distinct challenges of those living in the African jungles. A Forest, a Flood, and an Unlikely Star is the third book in her series, aimed at youth, which takes us on a journey with thirteen-year-old Kusiima and his family. Each book is set in the same general region and follows different characters, so they do not have to be read in a specific order. In her Introduction, Myhre informs us that:
"Events in this book have their roots in the real lives of real people who love each other and raise their families in places increasingly affected by the same injustices the boy in this story struggles with: loss of those he loves, disease [AIDS], poverty, deforestation, poaching, and rebel movements" (pg. v).
I thoroughly enjoyed A Forest, a Flood, and an Unlikely Star over a rainy Sunday afternoon and evening despite the fact that it is a somewhat "heavy" book gently introducing young people to the brokenness and complexity of this world. Although it doesn't expressly tell how the Gospel makes a difference in Kusiima's life or how the Gospel gives hope to those facing sin and suffering, it lends itself well to that discussion. Myhre's writing is engaging, wholesome, and age-appropriate while avoiding over-simplicity in vocabulary, plot, and conflict and is a thought-provoking introduction to life in the jungles of Africa.
*Many thanks to New Growth Press and Litfuse Publicity Group for a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion!