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14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy

14 Cows for America

by Carmen Agra Deedy

Other authors: Thomas Gonzalez (Illustrator), Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah (Contributor)

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I liked this book for a few reasons. One reason I liked this book is because it was written in an interesting way. While reading the book it seemed like it was a fictional book, but once you get to the end there's a page about how this really did happen. This made me a little confused at first, but it also made the story interesting to read because you think that this is all a made up story and then you find out that it actually happened. Another reason I really liked the books was the illustrations. The illustrations did a really good job of enhancing the story and setting the right mood. The big idea of the books is about sacrifice and making sacrifices for other people who need help. The Masai tribe made a sacrifice for the U.S. people after 9/11 by offering the U.S. cows. ( )
  KayleeWolbert | Feb 28, 2019 |
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  owaguespack | Sep 26, 2018 |
This is a very good example of a historical book because it is a true story happened after 911. People in Kenya used their own way to smooth Americans' heart. The author's words are so descriptive which let readers engage in the story. The media may be the oil painting. It is a very good book to teach 911 and to teach the unity and the kindness of our world. The book is suitable for third graders above. ( )
  lolatong | Apr 16, 2018 |
I really liked this book three reasons. The first reason was the writing. Even though it was a very serious and sad subject, the writing was simple and conveyed this tone throughout the book. It was written in a way that children could understand, but that adults could still get a lot out of it. Another reason I liked this book was because of the point of view. When we usually read stories about September 11th, it is usually from the perspective of someone who was there or someone who knew someone who was there. This book took place in Africa where no one knew what had happened, and in the beginning of the book, there was no way you could have guessed that this is what the book would be about. The last reason I liked this book was the plot. The whole story was very touching and moving. The people in this village did not know anyone who was killed and they had never seen America, but they had so much empathy that they dedicated not just one, but fourteen of their cows to America. The main idea of this story is to show empathy, love, and support to everyone, even if you don’t know them or have little to give yourself, because every little thing counts. This true story is very uplifting and full of hope and love. ( )
  EmilyPyne | Apr 4, 2018 |
This is a phenomenal historical fictional book based on the story of the Masai villagers genuine and authentic gift following the attacks on 9/11. I liked the way the writing was organized. Since this book is written in first person, it makes the book very engaging. The book is an informational book explaining how this tribe helped America out after 9/11. Since it is written in the first person of someone who was there, it makes the reader feel like they were there with the Maasia people when they were helping America after 9/11. The author could have told his story in many ways, but decided to save the tragedy until the story is over. This would, more than likely, make the reader reread the story to understand the story in even more depth because there was so much to take in. The language was also descriptive, engaging, and inspiring. ( )
  LUOLINLIN | Apr 2, 2018 |
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Of all the expressions of ­consolation sent to a grieving America after 9/11, perhaps none was as poignant as the gift of 14 cows from Maasai tribesmen in a remote corner of Kenya.

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Carmen Agra Deedyprimary authorall editionscalculated
Gonzalez, ThomasIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Naiyomah, Wilson KimeliContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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To all the little children who read this book. You are the peace the world has been waiting for. May you grow to be compassionate diplomats.
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Maasai tribal members, after hearing the story of the September 11th attacks from a young Massai, who was in New York on that day, decide to present the American people with fourteen sacred cows as a healing gift.

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