14 Vacas Para America (14 Cows For America)
14 Vacas Para America (14 Cows For America)
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Annotation: Maasai tribal members, after hearing the story of the September 11 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.
Catalog Number: #4811252
Format: Paperback
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Copyright Date: 2009
Edition Date: 2010
Illustrator: Gonzalez, Thomas,
Pages: 36
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-561-45555-5
ISBN 13: 978-1-561-45555-3
Dewey: 327
LCCN: 2010013786
Dimensions: 26 x 30 cm.
Language: Spanish
School Library Journal
Gr 2&11;5&12; What do a tribe in Africa, 14 cows, and the United States have in common? This book conveys the answer in a most wonderful way. When Kimeli returns to Kenya from the U.S. and metaphorically tells his people the story of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the Maasai want to help the big nation and freely give what is of supreme value to them. For the Maasai, " la vaca es vida, " the cow is life. "Without the herd, the tribe would die of hunger." The story's rhythm and pace are unhurried, like an oral tale told in the voice of a master storyteller. Each element is introduced at the appropriate time: love, joy, sadness, disbelief, and ultimate generosity. The illustrations are done in vibrant colors but are never overwhelming. The individual faces are not sharply delineated, but the emotion is revealed in the people as a whole. This beautiful story will help youngsters see how truly connected we are as a human race. It is recommended for classes when trying to develop character as well as to teach children about empathy and compassion. There is a closing note by Kimeli Naiyomah, the real Kimeli of the story.&12; Ver&3;nica Corral, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, NC
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National Council For Social Studies Notable Children's Trade
School Library Journal (11/1/10)
Word Count: 1,324
Reading Level: 2.8
Interest Level: 1-4
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.1 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 133355SP / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: 480L
Guided Reading Level: S
Fountas & Pinnell: S

In 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 upon the American men, women, and children, and he is there to accept it. The gift is as unexpected as it is extraordinary.
A mere nine months have passed since the September 11 attacks, and hearts are raw as these legendary Maasai warriors offer their gift to a grieving people half a world away. Word of the gift will travel newswires around the globe, and for the heartsick American nation, the gift of fourteen cows emerges from the choking dust and darkness as a soft light of hopeand friendship.
This New York Times best seller recounts the true story from Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah of a touching gift bestowed on the United States by a tribe of Maasai Warriors in the wake of the September 11th attacks. With the stunning paintings of Thomas Gonzalez, master storyteller Carmen Agra Deedy hits all the right notes in this elegant story of generosity that crosses boundaries, nations, and cultures.

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