What About Cimmaron? by Lauraine Snelling
Children’s Fiction, Published 2008
Read May 2012, 96 pp.
Sarah loves living in the pristine Toutle Valley with her parents, her sister Kathy, and her horse, Cimmaron. They are all used to occasional tremors from nearby Mount St. Helens. But when the volcano erupts, Sarah’s family is forced to evacuate, leaving behind their house, their chickens, their cows and Cimmaron.
As Sarah hears the news of hot ash and mud flows covering her valley, she wonders why God would let such a terrible thing happen. Since He doesn’t seem to be answering her prayers, Sarah decides to solve the problem herself. Somehow she will get back into Toutle Valley to save Cimmaron.
The 1980 explosion of Mt. St. Helens happened 22 years ago. Sarah and her family live in the Toutle Valley when the volcano explodes. Like most large natural disasters, Sarah’s family never thought their mountain would really explode.
While I really loved the premise behind this story, it was hard to love Sarah’s character. While she is understandably worried about her beloved horse Cimmaron, she displays no respect for the people’s lives she puts in danger when she goes out to search for him. Sarah has many doubts about God’s love and it takes her until the end of the story to really grasp the feelings of everyone else around her.
I think it could be used as a learning tool in several ways, but I just didn’t enjoy the story.
Thanks to NetGalley and BJU Press/JourneyForth for providing me with an e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.