Tuesday, February 16, 2010

14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy

Deedy, Agra Carmen 14 Cows for America, 36 pgs. Peachtree Publishers, 2009. $17.95. Language - G; Sexual Content - G; Violence - G. Kimeli grew up in a small village of Kenya. He won a scholarship to study in the United States and witnessed September 11, 2001. He was so devastated, he went home to Kenya and told his people of the tragedy. The Maasai value cows and believe they symbolize life. He pledged a cow, that he had saved his whole life for, to the United States. The village elders blessed this cow and then donated 13 more. This herd is protected and will never be slaughtered. "The Maasai wish is that every time Americans hear this simple story of fourteen cows, they will find a measure of comfort and peace." EL, MS, HS - ESSENTIAL. Anna Mattheus, Elementary Teacher.

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