"A library book, I imagine, is a happy book." Cornelia Funke

"Everything puts me in mind of a story." Ben Franklin

Friday, June 18, 2010

14 Cows for America

I can't give you an objective review for 14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy, collaborating with Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah, but I can give you a glowing one. Naiyomah had come from Kenya to New York City to study to be a doctor, and was there on the day of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. This is a true story about his Maasai people's response to America's pain and their desire to help us heal. Gorgeous illustrations in pastel, colored pencil and airbrush by Thomas Gonzalez make this a beautiful story in presentation as well as theme. The vivid primary colors of the Maasai villagers' clothing contrast with the earthy backgrounds, and the people's faces glow with emotion. This is a fine, hopeful tale to share with kids!

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