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The Boy Who Spoke to God Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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‘Once upon a time’ (always a great start for a children’s book) there was a kingdom ruled by King Dareios that consisted of Greek, Chinese, Zulu and Mayan tribes who combined the finest aspects of their various cultures, agreeing on ways to solve poverty, cures for diseases, and to build the economy of the kingdom building a power that incorporated Mayan-Chinese meditation - until it came time for religious holidays: each tribe insisted their beliefs about God and religious celebrations were the correct ones. The questions are raised by children –Niko, the Greek, Yeou, the Chinese, Totopa, the Zulu and Little Feather the Mayan – as to each tribe’s belief in a different God and a celebration for the New Year. King Dareios demands all follow the same God and the same holidays. Niko is most disturbed and his mother, respecting the beliefs of others, suggests Nkio pray for the solution. Niko prays and has a wondrous dream that God appears to him, a vision of silver white hair, feathers of a thousand colors and puffy clouds. God speaks to Niko telling him that happiness has many colors as the rainbow and that all his children can find happiness when their beliefs and actions do not hurt others. God promises to eclipse the sun in three days as proof of his conversation with Niko.
The eclipse occurs, but the various tribes question Niko’s conversation with God until Niko explains that the image of God wore a Chinese robe, had black hands and a Mayan ceremonial headdress – but nothing Greek! Niko is given a sleeping potion so that he can see God’s face – and God’s face resembles King Dareios! The various tribes rebel that God is a Greek God and strife is rife through the land until Niko once again is put to sleep and God tells him that everyone is a reflection of God – that God is colorless, formless like a translucent light, and that God is the same for everyone. The various a tribes are then all happy, able to celebrate their own holidays but make a special day for God’s Day.
This well-told tale, beautifully illustrated, will appeal to all children and will at least introduce the concept of the interrelatedness of all peoples. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, November 13
The little boy and his friends were all talking together one day when they all agreed that they wished they could find a way for the tribes to get along. That night he went home to his mom and asked, “Mom, why can’t everyone agree and celebrate as one? Why cant they all get along?” She told him that she didn’t know and that he should pray for them and a solution.
That night when he got into bed and slept, God appeared to him. The following morning he told his parents what he’d seen.
Randa really hit some spots that a lot of different beliefs need to see and understand. We can all celebrate together and combine ideas for our own upbringing. Things are not always about one person or group, it’s about everyone.
I highly recommend this book for all children. They can also learn that just because one person’s skin is another color than their own, that doesn’t mean that they are really any different than we are. Skin is just that, and only that. This book is fully illustrated and very colorful.
I bought this ebook for the Kindle version. All thoughts are my own and would only recommend this book to others due to I love the book. It’s a Native tale of Christmas celebration.
Author Randa Handler takes the reader on a journey that allows one to see how differences can also make us stronger and better. This is a very well written children's book with vivid illustrations to help the reader understand this young boy's dream and interruption of it. Many times we see only part of the picture and thus we miss the greater blessing and fulfillment of the entire picture. Niko helps the reader to understand that when we can't see the full picture to keep looking, don't give up but rather keep searching until the greater picture comes in full view. When we seek we will find the truth we are searching for.
Another point to the story is don't get discouraged when we only see one portion of the dream, interruption, or piece of the picture. Time and determination has a way of allowing the rest of it to come to light allowing the individual to become the person they desire to be. This was a very well written book on a child's level to better understand our differences as well as our unique sameness.
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