Title: A Question of YamsA Question of Yams
Author: Gloria Repp
Illustrator: Roger Bruckner
Pages: 67
Recommended Ages: Beginner
Star Rating: ★★★

I never could remember if yams and sweet potatoes are the same thing…

The Story.

Kuri has done a brave – or foolish – thing. He has planted his yams without praying to the spirits to protect them. Instead, he has prayed to the God he calls “Jesus Christ”, of whom the missionaries spoke, to keep the plants healthy.

The Head Men of the tribe warn Kuri’s father that desolation will come to his crops if he does not end this foolishness. Who is right? Whose god has the power to protect the yams?

Discussion.

Written for a first grade level, A Question of Yams was actually a good story; it explored the consequences that come with claiming the name of Christ amongst those that scoff at Him, and proclaimed His power, not only over mankind, but also over other aspects of creation – such as yams.

By the end of the story, Kuri is convinced that Jesus Christ is indeed the mighty God, and he has decided that he, too, will pray to Christ rather than to the spirits, who have been proved to have no power.

One of the illustrations shows cleavage. [pg. 31]

Conclusion. A very simple story, but a good one.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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