Friday, March 11, 2011

14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy

Book Jacket

It is June of 2002, and a very unusual ceremony begins in a far-flung village in western Kenya.

An American diplomat is surrounded by hundres of Maasai people.  A gift is about to be bestowed on the men, women, and children of America, 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 alike 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.


Everything about this book is wonderful.  The pictures are beautiful and realistic.  The words are simple and powerful.  The message is uplifting. 

I love to travel, and since I recently lived in Africa (though nowhere near Kenya, where this story takes place), international stories are close to my heart.  14 Cows for America proves that human understanding and generosity is stronger than any country and continental boundary.

This true story is best summarized with a quote from the back informational page.  "To heal a sorrowing heart, give something that is dear to your own."

Five out of five storytellers.

Release Date:  August 2009
Reading Level:  Grade 2+
Where In Dunlap Public Library's Collection:  BLUESTEM

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