The Hidden Village
post written by Emma Filbrun
Title: The Hidden Village
Author: Bonnie Rose Hudson
Major Themes: India
Synopsis: When Manju climbed a tall tree to act out the story of Zacchaeus, he discovered a village of poor people which neither he nor anyone in his own village knew about.
I was excited when I found a copy of The Hidden Village, because I had recently missed a chance to review it. I read this book to my boys and they loved it, even though it took us a long time to get through it because we didn’t have very many chances to read this for some reason.
Manju lived in a small village at the edge of the jungle in West Bengal, India. He loved to climb trees, and one day, after reading the story of Zacchaeus in his Bible, he decided to pretend he was climbing the tallest mangrove so he could see Jesus. He got to the top of the tree and saw—not Jesus, but smoke out in the jungle! Was something on fire?
When Manju went into the jungle to investigate, he found a small village he had never heard of, with people in it whom he had never seen before. These people were extremely poor, with cold, leaky huts, not enough clothing, and scarcely any food. How could he help them—especially since no one in his own village believed him?
My boys are wishing we would have a print copy of this book (we read a digital edition). They thought it was very good! I appreciated the way Manju wanted to help the neighbors he had never known existed, and the realistic way God provided what those special people needed. We also enjoyed the scene with the rhinoceros; that added suspense to the story.
I received a free ecopy of this book from NetGalley and chose to write a review.