75. 14 Cows For America by Carmen Agra Deedy
Retell: To the Maasai people the cow is life. In June 2002 Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah returned to his Kenyan village with a tragic story from New York. Kimeli presented a cow for blessing, in honor of those who died during the attacks of September 11th. 13 others offered their own cows for blessing. The cows remain in Kenya but they continue to be a symbol of hope and compassion to people around the world.
Topics: September 11th, Maasai, Kenya, compassion, cows, hope
Units of Study: Character, Social Issues, Talking and Writing About Texts
Tribes: mutual respect
Reading Skills: envisionment, inference, monitoring for sense
Thoughts: The tone of my classroom during this short first week of school has been so positive. Students are making new friends, and seem excited about school. I now approach planning my read aloud for the third day of school which happens to also be September 11th. It feels weird to start a discussion about tragedy and terrorism on the third day of school. I don’t want to spend a lot of time discussing frightening details of that day but on the other hand I don’t want to ignore the day altogether. I’ve decided to read 14 Cows For America because it focuses more on the idea of compassion rather than tragedy. I’m hoping that the last line of the book will prompt an interesting discussion: “Because there is no nation so powerful it cannot be wounded, nor a people so small they cannot offer mighty comfort.”
Thanks Beth for recommending this fabulous read aloud!
Entry filed under: Female Authors, Picture Books. Tags: character, compassion, cows, envisionment, hope, inference, Kenya, maasai, monitoring for sense, mutual respect, September 11, social issues, talking and writing about texts.