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14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy

14 Cows for America (edition 2009)

by Carmen Agra Deedy, Thomas Gonzalez (Illustrator), Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah (Collaborator)

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Title:14 Cows for America
Authors:Carmen Agra Deedy
Other authors:Thomas Gonzalez (Illustrator), Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah (Collaborator)
Info:Peachtree Publishers (2009), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 36 pages
Collections:Read but unowned

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14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy


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Kimeli returns home to his native village with the Maasai people, nomadic cattle herders. To the Maasai villagers, the cow is their life. Kimeli tells his people about the horrible September 11 attacks in America. The Maasai people are shaken about the story, the elder says that they must do something to help. The Maasai people set up a sacred ceremony and they send fourteen cows to America.
This is a book based on a true story, a young boy from a small village in Africa was awarded a scholarship to study in America. He was present in New York City on September 11th and wanted to do something to help, he wanted to give something that was dear to his own heart. This is such an important story, it truly puts things into perspective. I loved the beautiful illustrations as well, they capture the beautiful authenticity of the Maasai people. ( )
  SMLawrence | Dec 1, 2014 |
In my opinion this is a fantastic book to read. I loved how this book told the story of 9/11 but through the eyes of a different country. 9/11 not only affected The United States but it also affected different countries and in this story it is Kenya. The illustrations in this book are absolutely amazing. The rich reds and blues give more depth and meaning to the pictures. The cover page looks as if it could be a photograph and not a painting.
The big idea of the story is offering comfort, friendship, and hope to those in need. The tribe’s people in Kenya offered the most precious gift they could think of: their cows. It is and was a true act of compassion and inspiration. ( )
  Jillian_Magee | Oct 13, 2014 |
Beautiful story about how a village in Kenya gives America 14 cows, which is a the highest honor in their country. This book shows another side of 9/11
  SRThompson | Oct 2, 2014 |
This was an absolutely amazing book and extremely touching. It is also a great book to introduce and/or inform children about the events that occurred on September 11. One aspect of the book I truly enjoyed were the beautiful illustrations that depicted the words perfectly. The illustrations looked as if they were done with paint and/or colored pencils to capture the beautiful country of Kenya, along with the devastating acts of 9/11. One illustration that particularly stood out to me was when Kimeli explains to the people of his village exactly what he saw that day; he says, "Buildings so tall they can touch the sky... Fires so hot they can melt iron... Smoke and dust so thick they can block out the sun... More than three thousand souls are lost." The picture that went along with this part of the story truly captured all of the unfortunate events that occurred that day. Another aspect of the book I enjoyed was the powerful language throughout the entire story. I enjoyed that the language was powerful and meaningful yet simple enough for children to be able to comprehend. One powerful quote at the end of the book was this, "Because there is no nation so powerful it can not be wounded, nor a people so small they cannot offer mighty comfort." That quote was so strong and powerful to me personally and was a great way to leave the reader feeling truly touched. The big idea of the story is generosity and kindness. To the Maasai people, "cows were life." When they heard of the attacks of 9/11, they offered 14 cows as a token of kindness and to offer peace and to heal the hearts of the people of the US. It enforces that no matter how small the gesture, no act of kindness will go unnoticed or unappreciated. ( )
  KaraHankins | Sep 26, 2014 |
One of the best books I've ever read. Great for teaching about compassion, about how the weakest can help the strongest. Good connection to 911. ( )
  PunahouGirl | Sep 5, 2014 |
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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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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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