This is a very powerful, simple story. Once the Maasai people of Kenya were powerful warriors. They now live a peaceful life as nomadic herders. For them the cow is life. One day they heard about the tragedy of September 11,2001. The Maasai people thought hard about this terrible thing. They are a people of great heart and they chose to give a gift to the people of the United States.
36 pages 978-1561459612 Ages 6-10
Keywords: 9/11, September 11, Africa, empathy, gifts, cows, diversity, diverse books, multicultural, American history, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old, 9 year old, 10 year old, Social Studies Curriculum, World History
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com
n June of 2002, a mere nine months since the September 11 attacks, 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.
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 the touching gift bestowed on the United States by a tribe of Maasai Warriors in the wake of the September 11 attacks. With stunning paintings from Thomas Gonzalez, master storyteller Carmen Agra Deedy (in collaboration with Naiyomah) hits all the right notes in this elegant story of generosity that crosses boundaries, nations, and cultures.---from the publisher