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Summary: In June 2002, Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah returns to his village in Kenya. He has been studying in the United States, but he has made this trip so he can talk to the village elders. He was in New York on 9/11/2001, and he wants to do something to help the American people. He wants to offer his precious cow; and the Maasai, after hearing the story, offer their cows, too. This is the story of how a village in Kenya offered its help to the United States after 9/11.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 9; read yourself: 8 to 12
Interest Level: 6 to 12
Reading Level: 4.1
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a beautifully illustrated, well-told story that shows how 9/11 affected people around the world. In the US, we take for granted that everyone watched it on television. This story adds a new perspective to that fact and further emphasizes its theme of compassion.
Pros: Beautiful illustrations and a touching story offer kids the opportunity to learn about history, empathy, compassion, and sacrifice for the greater good.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a beautiful, coffee-table book that offers an easy-to-understand story for elementary children.
Educational Themes: There are lots of layers to this story. It is Kimeli's personal story, which introduces young readers to the genres of biography and memoir. There are plenty of social studies themes, from diplomacy; cultural life and traditions; communication, language, and storytelling; and geography, to name a few. Last but not least, there are emotional themes that can be explored, too.
Notes: The Reading Tub received this book at Book Expo America 2009.
Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, US history, philanthropy, multicultural, cultures and tradition
Date(s) Reviewed: September 2009
Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.