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14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy, Thomas González

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 upon the American men, women, and children, and he is there to accept it. The gift is as unexpected as it is extraordinary.
A mere nine months have passed since the September 11 attacks, and hearts are raw as these legendary Maasai warriors offer their gift to a grieving people half a world away. Word of the gift will travel newswires around the globe, and for the heartsick American nation, the gift of fourteen cows emerges from the choking dust and darkness as a soft light of hope—and friendship.
This New York Times best seller recounts the true story from Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah of a touching gift bestowed on the United States by a tribe of Maasai Warriors in the wake of the September 11th attacks. With the stunning paintings of Thomas Gonzalez, master storyteller Carmen Agra Deedy hits all the right notes in this elegant story of generosity that crosses boundaries, nations, and cultures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781561454907
Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
Publication date: 08/28/2009
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 249,298
Product dimensions: 11.90(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: AD540L (what's this?)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Carmen Agra Deedy is a New York Times bestselling author and has been writing and traveling around the world telling stories for more than twenty years. Her books have received numerous awards and honors. Carmen has performed in many prestigious venues, but children are her favorite audience. Born in Havana, Cuba, she came to the United States as a refugee and like most immigrants sees the world from multiple perspectives. She lives in Georgia.

Thomas Gonzalez was born in Havana, Cuba, and moved to the United States as a child. An artist and painter, he directed campaigns for clients such as Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, NASCAR, the NFL, and McDonald’s, in addition to illustrating children’s books. He lives in Georgia.

Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah received his master of science degree in molecular biology from Stanford University in 2008. He was awarded a Rotary International World Peace Fellowship and completed studies in international development policy at Duke University.

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14 Cows for America 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
rsrey More than 1 year ago
Nicholas Kristoff reviewed this in the New York Times and I ordered the book sight unseen. It more than lived up to my expectations. All ages will enjoy it. Beautifully illustrated. Simply and eloquently told.
cgibbs More than 1 year ago
In this nonfiction story, Kimeli journeys back to his childhood Maasai village in Kenya to visit family and friends. Kimeli begins by describing his people and their history of being fierce warriors. He also describes cows as being vital to the Maasai tribe because they feed them and eventually sell them. They care for their cows as they do their children because without the cows the tribe would starve. The villagers welcome Kimeli back to the village with open arms after he has been away at school in New York. Kimeli becomes saddened, however, because he realizes that he cannot stay with his tribe, but has to return to America for school. This leads him to remember New York and a particular September. Kimeli goes to speak with the elders then tells the story of what happened on September 11, 2001 in New York City. His people immediately want to know what they can do to help the people in America, and because the cow is life for the Maasai, Kimeli offers to give his only cow to America. A diplomat from the embassy is contacted and asked to come meet with the tribe do receive Kimeli's cow. After the tribe meets with the diplomat from the U.S. Embassy, the villagers all want to contribute to the gift of 14 cows will be given to America. The story ends by stating that no nation is so powerful that it cannot be wounded, and no group of people is too small to offer comfort. This message is something that children can relate to easily because they can feel quite small at times, but this story shows that even a small group of people can make a difference. The illustrations throughout the text are rich with color and emotion that parallel the story. Most American children will not have been to Kenya, and the illustrator makes the scenes of the country realistic to the reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
14 Cows For America is a great picture book (or as I like to call them, everyone book) for perspective taking. It portrays an African tribe's response to the 9-11 terrorist attacks when one of their young tribe members returns from a educational study program in New York. Seeing the passionate response that the tribe has, and their selfless offering of 14 sacred cows hits deep at the emotional core surrounding 9-11. This book provides a unique way for parents and teachers alike to introduce the subject of 9-11 to children, and also talk about looking at the attacks from a different perspective and recognizing the support we received in this terrible time. Beautiful illustrations are powerful- particularly the last one- in which you see a reflection of the twin towers in a tribesman's eye. Simply chilling.
fortheloveofliteracy More than 1 year ago
This book could be used in any classroom at any grade and have an immense impact on the students and teachers alike. The true story of this boy from a village in Africa and the gift that they give to Americans after 9/11 is nothing short of a tear maker. For those who were impacted by 9/11 it would be hard not to shed at tear at the end of this book. And for those who were not here when it happened, this story is a great tool to use in demonstrating the impact that day had on the entire world. The illustrations in and of itself is enough to take your breath away.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amazing story of empathy from around the globe... a heartfelt, touching gesture and sacrifice offered by the Maasai village to show their solidarity and support of America months after the tragedy of September 11. Beautifully illustrated. The book is a gem for 9/11 discussion in the classroom. Additional resources on website were also very helpful.
Jalfmar3 More than 1 year ago
Every human being on the planet should read this book. As much as Shackelton's Endurance survival story, as much as the effort to return the crew of Apollo 13 to earth successfully, this is the story of humanity at its absolute best. You will weep by the time you have finished reading this.
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blu-j More than 1 year ago
This book, while found in the Children's Section, should be read by all readers, young and old. It shows what an impact 9/11 had on the whole world, not just our little part of it. The compassion and sympathy shown by these East Africans for our country's loss is truly amazing. I highly recommend this book.
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This a beautifully illustrated and well written children's book that I hope will become a classic.
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