14 Cows for America
In June of 2002, a very unusual ceremony begins in a far-flung village in western Kenya.An American diplomat is surrounded by hundreds of Maasai people. A gift is about to be bestowed on the American men, women, and children, and he is there to accept it. The gift is as unsought and unexpected as... show more
In June of 2002, a very unusual ceremony begins in a far-flung village in western Kenya.An American diplomat is surrounded by hundreds of Maasai people. A gift is about to be bestowed on the American men, women, and children, and he is there to accept it. The gift is as unsought and unexpected as it is extraordinary.A mere nine months have passed since the September 11 attacks, and hearts are raw. Tears flow freely from American and Maasai as these legendary warriors offer their gift to a grieving people half a world away.Word of the gift will travel news wires around the globe. Many will be profoundly touched, but for Americans, this selfless gesture will have deeper meaning still. For a heartsick nation, the gift of fourteen cows emerges from the choking dust and darkness as a soft light of hope_and friendship.Master storyteller Carmen Agra Deedy hits all the right notes in this elegant story of generosity that crosses boundaries, nations, and cultures. An afterword by Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah_the Maasai warrior at the center of the story_provides additional information about his tribe and their generous actions. Thomas Gonzalez_s stunning paintings, which are saturated with rich hues of oranges and browns, and blues and greens, capture the modest nobility of the Maasai people and the distinctive landscape of the African plain.
Publish date: August 1st 2009
Publisher: Peachtree Publishers
Pages no: 36
Edition language: English
I wouldn't have expected a picture book about a Maasai tribe to move me to tears. Deedy never actually mentions the full horror of what happened on the morning of 9/11, and yet the book resonates with the pain and shock felt by so many, around the world. A wonderful, amazing, and unexpected tribut...
This beautiful book tells the true story of Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah, a man who grew up in a small Maasai village in Kenya and moved to the United States to go to college. He was in New York City on September 11, 2001. Naiyomah returns to his village and tells the entire village about the events of ...
My Thoughts:Whew! What a life-affirming story! It gives you hope for the world.The pictures are up close and personal. The text is vivid and rings with compassion for the world.Here’s the story, if you don’t know it: A Kenyan wins a scholarship to go to America and become a doctor. While he is there...