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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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This nonfiction picture book is about the country of Kenya and its reactions and sympathy towards the United States after the attacks on 9/11. This book is full of great illustrations and really allows a teacher to introduce the sensitive topic of the attacks and how its effect was felt world wide.
  KaraDoren | Dec 16, 2013 |
a true story of two separate countries. the united states had went through a devastating tragedy, and kenya gave a gift of fourteen cows as a sign of friendship and comfort. Grate illustrations. ( )
  lnfranklin | Nov 27, 2013 |
Is it okay to say that this story made me cry? I do not believe I can read this again without getting choked up. The story is so human and so divine. It shows that, in the words of Dr. Suess, "A person is a person no matter how small" and that those who might not appear to have much can still give so much. And, those who seem to have it all can also lose a lot. It also illustrates what is important in different cultures and what other cultures believe is valuable. The humanity in this story leaps off the pages. ( )
  cjohnen01 | Oct 7, 2013 |
Genre - Nonfiction
Classification - Picture Book
Approximate Age Level - 7-10
Multicultural Classification - Socially Conscious
Personal Reflection - The illustrations are amazing. What a lovely and powerful picture book to portray the kindness of one group of people to another. This book can be used to discuss the September 11 attack and the reactions of other countries to it. Children can also have discussions on the quote "no nation is so powerful that it cannot be wounded, and no group is too small to offer comfort". ( )
  gthao1 | Sep 28, 2013 |
I loved this book! It is one of my favorites! The illustrations are so powerful, present such a powerful message! This book was about an African Tribe vowing to keep 14 cows sacred for America. The cows are a way of life for the tribe. Without the cows the tribe would cease to exist. ( )
  malindahodgson | Sep 23, 2013 |
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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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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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