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Masai and I

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In school one day, a little girl named Linda learns about East Africa and a tall, proud people called the Masai

"If I were a Masai"' Linda wonders, "would I live in an apartment building the way I do now? Would I have a pet hamster of a new pair of sneakers? What would my family be like if I were Masai?"

Linda's observations celebrate things that are different and theings that are the same, as her imagination opens the door to a place where ...

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Overview

In school one day, a little girl named Linda learns about East Africa and a tall, proud people called the Masai

"If I were a Masai"' Linda wonders, "would I live in an apartment building the way I do now? Would I have a pet hamster of a new pair of sneakers? What would my family be like if I were Masai?"

Linda's observations celebrate things that are different and theings that are the same, as her imagination opens the door to a place where Masai might be I, and I, Masai.

Linda, a little girl who lives in the city, learns about East Africa and the Masai in school, and imagines what her life might be like if she were Masai.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
When Linda, a city girl, learns about the Masai in East Africa, she feels that deep tug of with her ancestors. How would her life differ if she lived there? Kroll describes the girl's thoughts. If she were Masai, she would eat with the women, she wouldn't ride in a car but would 'glide across grasslands open and free.' Yet, one thing would be the same, she would have the same skin and features. A rich way to explore our own heritage.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Prompted by the "tingle of kinship" she felt when she learned about East Africans in school one day, an elementary grader compares her daily customs with those of the people she studied, in Virginia Kroll's Masai And I. Were she Masai, she muses, she'd do many things differently: sleep on cowhide on the bare earth, eat with her mom and other women apart from the men and boys, live among the African animals she sees in the Zoo, and more. Nancy Carpenter's oil and color pencil paintings vivify the wistful musings of a young African-American, entranced by the discovery of a heritage she might share.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689804540
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition description: Original
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 372,714
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Virginia Kroll began writing shortly after the birth of her fourth child. She is now the author of numerous books for children, including The Seasons and Someone, Butterfly Boy, and Masai and I.

Nancy Carpenter is the prolific illustrator of Apples to Oregon, Abe Lincoln, and Fannie in the Kitchen, as well as several other titles published by Simon & Schuster. She also illustrated Sittiā€™s Secrets, which won the Jane Addams Picture Book Award. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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