14 Cows for America

Carmen Agra Deedy (Author) Thomas Gonzalez (Illustrator)
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A New York Times Best Seller

This now-classic picture book recounts the true story of a touching gift bestowed on the United States by a tribe of Maasai Warriors in the wake of the September 11th attacks.

"Lovely... beautifully evocative." ―Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times

"Moving and dramatically illustrated." ―The Wall Street Journal

"Elegant...suspenseful...The colors of Kenya explode off the page." ―School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

In June of 2002, a mere nine months since the September 11 attacks, 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.

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 hope―and friendship.

This New York Times best seller recounts the true story from Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah of the touching gift bestowed on the United States by a tribe of Maasai Warriors in the wake of the September 11 attacks. With stunning paintings from Thomas Gonzalez, master storyteller Carmen Agra Deedy (in collaboration with Naiyomah) hits all the right notes in this elegant story of generosity that crosses boundaries, nations, and cultures.

Best Children's Books of the Year (Starred) - Bank Street College of Education

Notable Books for a Global Society - International Reading Association

E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor - Association of Booksellers for Children

Parents' Choice Gold Award - Parents' Choice Foundation

Teacher's Guide available

Product Details

Price
$8.95  $8.23
Publisher
Peachtree Publishing Company
Publish Date
August 01, 2016
Pages
36
Dimensions
11.4 X 0.2 X 9.8 inches | 0.5 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781561459612

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About the Author

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 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. She lives in Georgia.
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, in addition to illustrating children's books. He lives in Georgia.
Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah received his master of science degree in molecular biology from Stanford University in 2008. He was awarded a Rotary International World Peace Fellowship and completed studies in international development policy at Duke University.

Reviews

"Elegant sentences... The suspenseful pace is especially striking when surrounded by Gonzalez's exquisite colored pencil and pastel illustrations. The colors of Kenya explode off the page."
"A stirring, heartwarming tale that made headlines when it happened - and is now, thankfully, preserved on the page for children."
"The words and the glowing mixed-media illustrations show empathy and connections across communities"
"A moving tale of compassion and generosity."