School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 6-9-This autobiographical account by a member of a nomadic subgroup within the Maasai people in northern Kenya provides a unique and insightful picture of life in a culture in which cattle are the measure of wealth. Lekuton is at his most lyrical when telling of his and his family's relationships with their cattle. While he paints a picture of a supportive family and community, his is by no means an idyllic life. From the age of five, he watched the cows all day, awake to possible danger while playing make-believe games. However, his life as a nomad changed forever when, at age six, he became the designated child of his family who was obligated by law to go to school. In spite of an enduring love and respect for his family and their way of life, school exerted a pull so strong on Lekuton that he went from the mission school to an elite high school to college in the United States, and now teaches history at a private school in Virginia. The account of these years is filled with colorful anecdotes and tales of physical endurance. While readers may notice an almost complete absence of girls in the narrative, Lekuton's story touches a universal chord, and shows readers the beauty of another culture from the inside. Simple and direct enough for reluctant readers, and written in a conversational and occasionally wryly humorous style, this book will be enjoyed by a wide range of readers and should spark much discussion. A few excellent-quality photos enhance the presentation.-Sue Giffard, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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