Thursday, August 6, 2009

14 Cows For America by Carmen Agra Deedy

Publisher: Peachtree
Pages: 36
ISBN: 978-1-56145-490-7
Source: Review copy from The Picnic Basket

Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah found himself in New York on 9/11. A student in the United States he was far away from his home in Kenya. When he returned home. Moved to do something for the many people who lost loved ones on that terrible day he seeks a blessing from the elders of his tribe. He tells his story to them and asks for him to bless his most prized posession, his cow. The American Ambassador is summoned to their small village and Kimel's gift go America has grown from 1 to 14 as other members of his tribe give from their heart to a people they don't know. This was a very moving story. The Illustrations were outstanding. I can't wait to get back to school and place this on my chalk tray for students to see.

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