A Story Like the Wind

Gill Lewis, Jo Weaver (Il­lus­tra­tor) Eerd­mans Books (OC­TO­BER) Hard­cover $16 (80pp) 978-0-8028-5514-5

Foreword Reviews - - Spotlight Reviews | Juvenile Fiction - CATHER­INE THURESON

A Story Like the Wind is an ethe­real and pow­er­ful story about free­dom.

Four­teen-year-old Rami is at sea on a small boat with a group of refugees. He wears a red scarf and car­ries his only pos­ses­sion, a vi­olin. His fel­low pas­sen­gers ask him for a song and a story to hold back the dark night. He shares with them the tale of a young shep­herd boy, Suke, and the mag­nif­i­cent wild horse he loves.

When the horse wins a race, de­feat­ing the rich and pow­er­ful lord who rules over Suke and his peo­ple, the cruel lord takes the horse as his own, de­ter­mined to tame it to demon­strate his su­pe­ri­or­ity. The horse re­sists. Even when he is phys­i­cally bro­ken, his spirit stays free. In his story, the refugees hear echoes of their own fight for free­dom.

Even though it is brief, A Story Like the Wind is in­cred­i­bly po­tent. The iden­ti­ties and sto­ries of Rami and his fel­low refugees are only lightly touched upon, but their jour­ney across a dark ocean in a small boat is ter­ri­fy­ing and re­al­is­tic. Their iso­la­tion and sense of loss, and their brave search for free­dom, is evoca­tive. It is im­pos­si­ble not to feel the weight of their jour­ney.

Black-and-white il­lus­tra­tions ac­com­pany the text. They are del­i­cate and slightly hazy—al­most like mem­o­ries rather than art­work. A se­ries of mu­si­cal notes flows from page to page, con­nect­ing Rami to Suke and the pas­sen­gers to the story they’re hear­ing.

A Story Like the Wind is a beau­ti­ful, mem­o­rable work of art. It is a story of over­com­ing op­pres­sion and the power of the spirit. It de­serves a place of honor on any book­shelf.

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