Friday, October 14, 2011

A Question Of Yams by Gloria Repp

Recommendation: Highly Recommended

This story is based on the story of a young man from Papua New Guinea who dared to defy the traditions of his tribe and began to trust in God. The people of this tribe depended on their sweet potato crops each year to feed them. They also depended on the spirits of their ancestors to make their gardens grow and produce a bountiful crop. Kuri's father has been learning about God from the missionaries who have come to their tribe and Kuri watches as his father defies the traditions of the Head Men and plants his garden without first praying to the spirits. Through the growing season Kuri and his father learn much about faith and the Word of God as they  cling to their favorite verse - Behold, God is mighty. He is mighty in strength and wisdom (Job 36:5).

Positives: I love missionary stories! This is a great story of a young boy learning to trust in God - a great lesson for children and all of us! I also loved that this is a story that young kids could read on their own and not have to have read to them.

Negatives: None

Talking  Points: Kuri had to learn to trust God for a basic provision - food. This is such a practical example to us! Talk to your child about trusting God for everything - whatever situation they may be facing that day. Teach them to believe the Bible as absolute truth and to trust in the promises and truths in it. Matthew 6:25-34 are excellent verses that tell us that God will provide for us so we do not need to worry. Teach your child to know and trust in the attributes of God. Here are a few to get you started. God is Truth (Deut. 32:4, Ps. 19:9, John 17:17), God is Eternal (Ps. 90:2, I Tim. 1:17, Is. 57:15), God is Holy (I Sam. 2:2, Ps. 98:1, I Jn. 1:5, Rev. 4:8), God is Omniscient (Ps. 147:4-5, Acts 15:18, Is. 46:10).

Age Level: 4-8 year olds (6-7 year old reading level)

1 comment:

  1. Monique—thank you so much for your excellent review. You caught what I was thinking—and hoping for—as I wrote about Kuri.

    The response of so many homeschool families to YAMS made me realize the need for stories for this age group, so I have started writing a series about a tiny Pine Barrens Treefrog named Pibbin. The first two books, PIBBIN THE SMALL and THE STORY SHELL are out, and Book 2 is featured on my website. If you’d like to see a review copy (in print or eBook form) please let me know!

    Gloria Repp