14 Cows for America

14 Cows for America

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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.

Publisher: Atlanta, Ga. : Peachtree Publishers, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781561454907
1561454907
Branch Call Number: jP Deedy
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 26 x 31 cm
Alternative Title: Fourteen cows for America

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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 a... Read More »


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PimaLib_SueJ Dec 05, 2016

A beautiful book with beautiful pictures about those who have so much less (in material things), yet can give so much more. I loved this book, and so did my grandchildren.

JCLBeckyC Sep 11, 2015

When a young Massai returns home to Kenya after witnessing the September 11th attacks in New York, his tribe decides to help the Americans the best way they know how. "...there is no nation so powerful it cannot be wounded, nor a people so small they cannot offer mighty comfort." This is a beautiful picture book for all ages.

A young Maasai man, in New York on 9/11, inspires his village to give a gift of 14 cows to America as a way of offering comfort to America.

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rmpenn1976
Feb 24, 2013

This book is an amazing story from Wilson Kimeli Carmen Agra deedy. The picture are so finely done they look like actual photos. I think this book is excellent for any age because the words are good to use to expand a young reader. The book is also very good for the younger readers because if the story is read to them they are able to enjoy how beautiful the pictures are . I have to say that this book is by far the best picture book I have read this year

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Feb 24, 2013

rmpenn1976 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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rmpenn1976
Feb 24, 2013

This book is about a man who comes to a village of Africa and he tell them about the tragic events of September 11th to which they responded by giving him 12 cows as a gift that represented life.

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Feb 24, 2013

"The elders chant a blessing in Maa as the Maasai people of Kenya present fourteen cows for America"

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