I appreciate when I get the opportunity to review books, and especially when I get to review books with my son. He isn't always fond of reading, but when we do it together, it gives us something special to do one-on-one and gets his daily 30 minutes of reading homework completed, so it's a win-win. We recently read A Chameleon, A Boy and A Quest by J.A. Myhre, and it was a great read! What I found even more heartfelt about this novel, was that the author wrote this book for her four children as a Christmas gift while they were living in an African village. They began reading it together on Christmas Eve, and then each night throughout the Holiday season.
A Chameleon, A Boy and A Quest is about a young African boy name Mu, who is a slave to his family in the African village he lives in. One morning, as he is going to retrieve water for his family, he is approached by a talking chameleon, who informs him of a quest they must take. From there, Mu is brought on the adventure of a lifetime. From the danger and excitement that they encounter, children can learn about perseverance, good versus evil and humanity. The novel itself is thoroughly detailed and even contains pictures to bring the words to life on the pages.
|Author J.A. Myhre|
My son and I enjoyed reading this novel. It is relatively short (153 pages), which makes it less overwhelming for my reluctant reader. While it took a little while to get into it, once we did, we both looked forward to our reading time each night. The names and places are African, so we were always unsure of their actual pronunciation, however, it is those cultural details that give a nice lesson too. In the back of the book, there is a glossary that explains some of the phrases or unfamiliar concepts that kids may have questions about. What I really loved about this book was the lessons learned. Nowadays (and I say this as if I have been around for so long....), kid's books just lack the sustenance they once had, the lessons, the morals, the purpose. Now there is such a focus on getting kids to just READ that many books are written on interest based material versus with words that have true meaning. I always strive to find reading material that leaves us with a lesson learned and even better, with something to talk about, or issues that ignite a discussion. A Chameleon, A Boy and A Quest did just that! A great read for sure!
I give A Chameleon, A Boy and A Quest 8 stars:
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