Mesi: A Girl ‘n Grace in Africa
Authentic Publishing (2008)
Reviewed by Brianne Plach (age 10) for Reader Views (6/08)
Imagine what it is like to live in a different country. Now meet Mesi; she is a young African girl. Her family is dependent on crops in order to make a living. If the weather is bad, the family suffers. They have a most interesting crop, they raise cacao beans. Those are the beans made into chocolate. Wow, what a job!
It doesn’t matter how good of a family she comes from but it depends on God’s grace for her family to survive. Her whole village is suffering with the lack of rain that they have been having. Mesi’s dream is to get an education, but an education is costly. How can she see her dreams fulfilled and her family taken care of? She can go to the one who can solve any problem that you might be having. She discovers God and how He takes care of her. She discovers God’s grace in everything.
I like “Mesi: A Girl ‘n Grace in Africa” because it talks about life in a different country. It gives me a chance to peek at what life is like in another country. The part I like the most is when she discovers who God is and that He is always near her, just as He is with all of us. This is an excellent book that will appeal to readers age six and over. There are even dolls that have been created from the characters in the books. Move over “American Girls” — there is another country to discover!