I love participating in blog tours, to really get the word out about titles I've been enjoying, but never so much as for this one. This is truly a must-read, not only for your children, but for yourselves and everyone you know, inspiring hope from all ages.
14 Cows for America was written by Carmen Agra Deedy, in collaboration with Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah, and illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez. Those three individuals have truly created a work of educational art with this book, in a manner hard to acheive for any author or illustrator, on a subject that is bound to touch your heart.
On September 11th, 2001, Naiyomah, a member of the Maasai tribe in Western Kenya and Stanford University student, was visiting the United Nations headquarters, witnessing the attack on America, firsthand. When he returned to Kenya and shared the news of the tragedy in America with his fellow tribe members, they set out to give a gift to our country, in the form of life.
Cows equal life to the Maasai tribe and therefore, is the ultimate gift to the people. 14 cows were given to America, a huge sacrifice representing the most wonderful kind of generosity and offer of hope.
At the end of the story, there is a note from Kimeli Naiyomah, in which the reader learns that the cows are considered sacred, healing cows, and can never be slaughtered, living out their days in Kenya. They now number over 35, after having had lots of calves, and continue to be the ultimate symbol of hope from the Maasai to America.
A wonderful, beautiful story that will be an inspiration to all readers. The actual story is told in a very simple format, great for any age, and the illustrations are magnificient, filling the pages with the gorgeous sunset colors of Kenya. An important message of compassion is at the center of this moving story and I truly believe it's one we all really near to hear.
You can read the Naiyomah's whole story HERE.
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14 Cows for America
Carmen Agra Deedy