I Am A Girl

Children - Christian
28 Pages
Reviewed on 06/06/2022
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Author Biography

Yvonne Harris has a degree in art therapy where she has seen the effects of healing through the creative process. Yvonne has had the privilege of witnessing to the effectiveness of art therapy in victims of human trafficking provided by Rapha International at several art therapy centers located in Cambodia.
Yvonne currently provides healing in playing her violin to glorify God in a Christian jail ministry.
Yvonne lives in rural Utah with her llama, pygmy goats, chickens, ducks and nine wild hares.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

I Am A Girl is a picture book by Yvonne Harris depicting the life of a young human trafficking victim. Born in a country where girls are seen as just another mouth to feed, Jorani wonders if she would've been better off had she been born a chicken, a goat, or even a cow, because then she might have helped to keep her family fed. That's when a stranger comes and buys Jorani from her desperate father. Now far from her village and family, Jorani can't help but distrust the stranger and flees from him at the first opportunity. Feeling hungry and lost by the roadside, she is comforted by a kindly woman who tells Jorani of someone else who paid her price, a man named Jesus. Will Jorani accept her invitation to His Kingdom?

I Am A Girl is a tragic tale of suffering and salvation that sheds light on one of the most horrible ills of civilization - human trafficking. Yvonne Harris tells a gut-wrenching story of a young girl from an impoverished country who is sold by her father in desperation to feed his starving family. The saddest aspect of the story is that there are actual children all over the world who are being trafficked across borders to be abused and have their lives ruined by monsters who have no regard for human life. Fortunately, Jorani finds her sanctuary, but countless others never do. A poignant and relevant book for our times, it is a must-read.

Jennie More

I Am A Girl by Yvonne Harris is about a young girl, Jorani, who lives in poverty with her family and laments being born a girl. She wants to help her family but feels like she is more of a nuisance, an extra mouth to feed, and has no value. Jorani lists all the animals that she thinks have more value than her and compares how valuable these animals are. She wishes to be any one of these animals instead of a girl. One day a man buys her from her father. The man gives her father enough money to buy a cow. She is scared as she watches them travel further and further away from familiar places and faces, but on this journey, she finds Christ Jesus and accepts God’s invitation to join him in His Kingdom.

I Am A Girl by Yvonne Harris is a beautiful Christian children’s book that puts the horrific crime of trafficking into an acceptable format that children can understand. The illustrations are stunning. The darker shade of the images perfectly portrays the serious nature of the story, but as the illustrations are still colorful, you are in anticipation of a message about hope and joy. And Harris does not disappoint because God crowns the young girl a princess when she accepts God’s invitation into His kingdom. Jorani didn’t have to change or become anything other than being who she already is, perfect. I was left spellbound by how Harris translated a complex issue into an inspirational and touching tribute to God and His children.

Jessica Barbosa

I Am A Girl by Yvonne Harris tells the story of a girl named Jorani. She is a kind girl who wishes she could do something for her poor family. She thinks if she was more useful, maybe they would want her. One day, a man comes and takes her away and Jorani is confused. Where is this stranger taking her and what does he want from her? Join her in her journey as she is found by her savior, Jesus.

Yvonne Harris tells a short but compelling story about Jorani, a good girl taken away from her family because of her family’s difficult situation. I Am A Girl is short and heartfelt and it provides an inspiring scenario of being lost and then being found when you least expect it. It invited me in and encouraged me to lay my fears to rest with the help of Jesus. Jorani had been scared and hopeless but someone came for her and helped her be found again. I was moved by Jorani’s kind heart at the beginning of the story. Her thoughts are filled with imagining herself as a useful animal that could help her family. In the end, driven by hard times, she is given away and made to endure something terrifying.

She grows at the end of the tale from a lost little girl because she has found hope in the form of faith. I admired her perseverance throughout her difficult ordeal. I feel this story effectively shows us the importance of bravery and having faith. The beautiful illustrations go well with the short tale and effectively express the important points of I Am A Girl. It helps drive home the lessons we must take to heart. A truly remarkable short story!