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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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14 Cows for America is a non-fiction book that tells us the story of a man who went to school in New York during 9/11. When he went back to his village he told them all the story of what had happened. Moved to help America the Maasai took 14 cow and presented them to an the American Embassy closest to them. For the Maasai people cows were treated as kindly as children, each one was individual and had a name. To the Maasai the cow is life, and they presented 14 of them to America.
This book not only did a wonderful job telling the story they did a wonderful job explaining how important cows were to these people. The illustrations in this book were also very well done and brought out the culture of the Maasai well.
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1: I would use this book when talking about 9/11 and how other countries help.
2: I would also use this book to explain how even though 14 cows may not seem important or a lot to us, it means the world to others which makes them even more valuable.
Media: Pastels and ink pen ( )
  Jazmyn96 | Mar 5, 2016 |
I really enjoyed reading the book 14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy for many reasons. First, the pictures in the book are beautifully illustrated and the color blends allow the reader to truly understand how the Massai people were feeling during that time. In one illustration, Kimeli has returned from the United States and is blessing the children of Massai. The colors of blue and orange/pink in the background express a loving, happy tone, as the children are enthusiastic to be blessed by a true warrior. In another illustration, the colors are dark when Kimeli is speaking of the devastating events that happened on 9/11. Another reason why I liked this book is because the author does a wonderful job of describing how this is about 9/11, without directly saying it. Kimeli describes a “September day” when he was in New York City, and how the Americans felt during that time. As the people of Massai were eager to help the Americans during this tragedy, I understood that they were speaking of 9/11. I think the main idea in this book is that people should always offer support and comfort to those in need, no matter the difference in their culture. As the Americans were going through a tough time, the Massai’s offered their blessing to help them cope with this disaster. ( )
  kscott26 | Feb 27, 2016 |
This book is a beautiful book and could be used for many things in the classroom. The author and the illustrator work together beautiful to create a picture. The author also does a great job of describing 9/11 without actually saying what it is. He makes the reader deduce from the clues he provides. It also describes the Maasai people and shows how even the smallest of communities can make an impact. ( )
  kvelin | Feb 17, 2016 |
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. It begins by discussing the arrival of Kimeli, back to his home tribe, The Masai, in Kenya. Many of the small children were excited to see that a warrior had arrived back home after spending time in America. It continues by telling of the value of a cow in the Masai culture, to the Masai people "the cow is life." Many people continue to welcome Kimeli home when he is rushed with painful memories of 9/11. After speaking to the elders the author notes how the Masai people are both fierce and kind. The Masai tribal leaders and Kimeli are moved to present a ceremony and offering of fourteen cows to the a U.S. diplomat as an offering of comfort to the America people in a time of tragedy. ( )
  Ebarclift13 | Feb 14, 2016 |
Good book for 911 reflection. Great for character traits, assets, diversity. Read Aloud Lesson
  ccsdss | Feb 8, 2016 |
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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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Gonzalez, ThomasIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Naiyomah, Wilson KimeliContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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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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