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What is My Song?

by Dennis Linn, Sheila Linn, Matt Linn

A boy in an East African vil­lage grows up know­ing that his spe­cial role in life is to be a pro­tec­tor. When he saves his baby broth­er from a fire, and when he saves his lit­tle sis­ter from drown­ing, the vil­lage peo­ple sing his spe­cial song. Then one day in anger, he throws a stone at anoth­er boy and blinds him. When the com­mu­ni­ty sings his song, he apol­o­gizes, offers help, and the injured boy gets bet­ter. The authors men­tion that the sto­ry is based on an African fable, though they nev­er tell which one, and the book’s spir­i­tu­al mes­sage is rein­forced in a long note aimed at Chris­t­ian par­ents and care­givers. The sto­ry is plain­ly told, and the clear, real­is­tic water­col­ors show dai­ly life in the rur­al set­ting with­out exot­ic pic­turesque dress and tourist gim­mick­ry. The boy’s fail­ure and remorse will move young lis­ten­ers: the last pic­ture shows a white child, hand on his heart, lis­ten­ing for his own song.



Lovely, positive book for children and adults about being loved, having unique personal gifts to share, and being responsible for our actions. Parent guide on last pages to utilize book ideas in your own family. —Barb McRae (Amazon reviewer)
Barb McRae, Amazon Reviewer

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