Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

14 Cows for America

Bibliographic Information:  Written by:  Carmen Agra Deedy, Illustrated by:  Thomas Gonzalez, Collaborator:  Wilson Kimeli  Ncowsaiyomah, Published By:  Peachtree Publishers, 2009, 36 pp.

Reading Level:  AD 540 L (Adult Directed)

Synopsis:  This book takes place in 2002 in a small Kenyan village where the Maasai people live.  After hearing of the September 11th attacks, the Maasai people decide to do something to help the United Sates.  A diplomat from the United States Embassy is given a very special gift of 14 cows from these people (cows are very special to them).

Rationale for Use:  This would be a great book to teach/reinforce the idea of how different cultural groups value different things.  The students could also learn about Kenya or the September 11th attacks.  Another idea would be to use this book to discuss the value of gifts, after looking at the gifts of the cows.

Common Core Connection:  The students could learn about the main idea of this story.  They could also ask and answer questions from the story, referring back to the text.


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This entry was posted on June 12, 2013 by in Picturebooks and tagged , , , .

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