14 Cows for America by Thomas Gonzalez,Thomas (ILT) Gonzalez,Wilson Kimeli (CON) Naiyomah, Carmen Agra Deedy

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PIn June of 2002, a very unusual ceremony begins in a far-flung village in western Kenya. An American diplomat is surrounded by hundreds of Maasai people. A gift is about to be bestowed on the American men, women, and children, and he is there to accept it. The gift is as unsought and unexpected as it is extraordinary. A mere nine months have passed since the September 11 attacks, and hearts are raw. Tears flow freely from American and Maasai as these legendary warriors offer their gift to a grieving people half a world away. Word of the gift will travel news wires around the globe. Many will be profoundly touched, but for Americans, this selfless gesture will have deeper meaning still. For a heartsick nation, the gift of fourteen cows emerges from the choking dust and darkness as a soft light of hope#151;and friendship. Master storyteller Carmen Agra Deedy hits all the right notes in this elegant story of generosity that crosses boundaries, nations, and cultures. An afterword by Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah#151;the Maasai warrior at the center of the story#151;provides additional information about his tribe and their generous actions. Thomas Gonzalez's stunning paintings are saturated with rich hues of oranges and browns and blues and greens, which capture the nobility of the Maasai people and the distinctive landscape of the African plain.
 

About Thomas Gonzalez,Thomas (ILT) Gonzalez,Wilson Kimeli (CON) Naiyomah, Carmen Agra Deedy

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Carmen Agra Deedy is a New York Times bestselling author and has been writing and traveling around the world telling stories for more than twenty years. Her books, including 14 Cows for America, The Library Dragon, The Yellow Star, and Martina the Beautiful Cockroach have received numerous awards and honors. Carmen has performed in many prestigious venues, but children are her favorite audience. Born in Havana, Cuba, she came to the United States as a refugee and like most immigrants sees the world from multiple perspectives. Thomas Gonzalez was born in Havana, Cuba, and moved to the United States as a child. An artist and painter, he directed campaigns for clients such as Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, NASCAR, the NFL, and McDonald’s. 14 Cows for America is the first book he illustrated. Gonzalez lives in Georgia. Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah received an MS in molecular biology from Stanford University in 2008 and was a collaborator for the picture book 14 Cows for America. He was awarded a Rotary International World Peace Fellowship and has begun studies in peace and conflict resolution in Australia.
 
Published January 1, 2009 by Peachtree Pub Ltd.
Genres: Young Adult. Non-fiction

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Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah is about to return home, to a small village in Kenya.

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The New York Times

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Later, the American ambassador comes to the village, and the Masai solemnly present him with 14 cows, as the book puts it, “because there is no nation so powerful it cannot be wounded, nor a people so small they cannot offer mighty comfort.” This is a true story, as an afterword by Wilson Kimel...

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Publishers Weekly

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Smoke and dust so thick they can block out the sun?” Until they read Naiyomah's concluding note, children may not fully comprehend either his story or the villagers' subsequent actions: the tribe elders bless 14 cows, revered in Maasai culture, and symbolically offer them to the American people t...

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Examiner

14 Cows for America is a beautifully illustrated and touching picture book for older readers.

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ForeWord Reviews

This is the story of where Kimeli went, and the story he told, and the connection and sacrifice that was made to heal a sorrowing heart.

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Shelf Awareness

He returns to his Maasai village to tell his people the story of what happened that day (“Smoke and dust so thick they can block out the sun”), and asks his elders if he can give his only cow to America: “To the Maasai, the cow is life.” Kimeli inspired his fellow villagers to contribute 13 a...

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