14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy Book Review

14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy and Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah
Illustrations by Thomas Gonzalez
Publisher: Peachtree Publishers
Release Date: August 31, 2009

14 Cows for America In June of 2002, a ceremony begins in a village in western Kenya. Hundreds of Maasai surround an American diplomat to bestow a gift on the American people. 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 as these legendary warriors offer their gift to a grieving people half a world a Full description.

It is that day again. The day when many of us think back on that terrible terrible day fourteen years ago. Perhaps it is fitting that I should discover this book, 14 Cows for America exactly fourteen years later. My heart still aches, but this book actually brought a bittersweet smile to my face. These people, the Maasai, most of which have never even seen a skyscraper, opened their hearts in solidarity with us here in America. Cows, for most of us, mean burgers and milk and their worth is mostly known by those who work with them. Yet, these cows are priceless, a memory for those who have been lost. 

There are so many wonderful books about 9/11 that carefully explore the day in a way that young children will be able to comprehend. This one is my favorite. 

Other 9/11 picture books: The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, Fireboat, September Roses, The Little Chapel That Stood, On That Day, America is Under Attack, 


Jilanne Hoffmann said...

This book made me cry. I loved it!