This afternoon, I spent an enjoyable five hours with the kiddos listening to an audiobook narrated by Robin Miles who acted as a “grio” or an African storyteller. She presented Karen Lord’s charming fairy tale, “Redemption in Indigo,” which pairs humans with spirits and proves “compassion is a great amplifier of empathy.”
So, before I embark on my review of this excellent book, I’d like to share my love for the Libby app available through the library. All you need is a library card to enjoy audio stories and ebooks. (Well, I use my Kindle app to incorporate the ebooks, but that’s also free.) Since my love for literature is boundless, it’s great to have access to so many amazing works for free! I really, really love it and recommend it, especially during pandemic lockdowns and times without a car to drive to a local library and times when a tight budget will not allow you to even sniff a book store. (Sigh) Anyways, thank heavens for Libby!
On to “Redemption in Indigo.” Karen Lord presents her fable in a conversational way, with asides to the audience such as “Let us move forward in time…” She tells of Paama, a woman with great cooking abilities and common sense who leaves her gluttonous husband after many years. The undying djombi take notice of Paama’s good nature and level head and gift her with the Stick of Chaos. With it, subtle changes in time and chance can be manipulated. However, the “Indigo Lord” wants his power back, and so he tries to persuade Paama to return the Stick of Chaos to him. As a result, many lessons are learned and alliances formed.
Much of this story is concerned with “keeping up appearances,” giving gossips nothing to whisper. There are swaths of humor and subtle messages woven into the fabric of this tale. It shows redemption is possible for all, if they are willing to learn. Since “tales are inspiration, not a substitute,” it encourages readers to live and learn and collect tales of their own to share. Delightful!