Title: 14 Cows for America
Author: Carmen Agra Deedy, Thomas Gonzalez (Illustrator), Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah (Collaborator)
Genre: Picture Book
Premise: 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 on the American men, women, and children, and he is there to accept it. 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 from American and Maasai as these legendary warriors offer their gift to a grieving people half a world away. Word of the gift will travel news wires around the globe. Many will be profoundly touched, but for Americans, this selfless gesture will have deeper meaning still. (goodreads.com)
Opinions: There are very few picture books that I have been so incredibly moved by. And honestly, this one far surpassed any others. This is a beautifully moving story about helping Americans heal after the tragedy of September 11th. Not only is this a beautiful story, but it is true. I think that is why it is so amazing. On top of that, the illustrations are gorgeous. I have to say that this is one of those books I read regularly to my kids, but keep high up so that it stays nice. This is a book I want to have to read to my grandkids and greatgrandkids. It shows the good in people and the kindness you can show to those around us. I love this book very very much. I hope you take the time to read it. It's a picture book so it will take you less than 5 minutes. But it is worth it. So very worth it.