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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (369 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton Narrator: Kevin R. Fre Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton gives American kids a firsthand look at growing up in Kenya as a member of a tribe of nomads whose livelihood centers on the raising and grazing of cattle. Readers share Lekuton’s first encounter with a lion, the epitome of bravery in the warrior tradition. They follow his mischievous antics as a young Maasai cattle herder, coming-of-age initiation, boarding school escapades, soccer success, and journey to America for college. Lekuton’s riveting text combines exotic details of nomadic life with the universal experience and emotions of a growing boy.

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  • “The Cinderella theme begins in Kenya where he’s the shabby kid accepted at a fancy Nairobi high school. Later he travels to his college interview in a cattle truck with the cows. What gives this short, readable book its power is Lekuton’s authoritative, intimate view of now and then.”


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Hellokitty12 | 2/9/2014

    " This book was quite instresting about this young boy an his family beliefs.the weirdest thing about this book is that they had this young boy go to school far away from home. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Margaret | 2/8/2014

    " Didn't know until I started reading that this book is meant for grade-schoolers. At the 2nd to 3rd grade reading level, it works all right. I wish he'd written a book with an adult audience in mind, for the Maasai intrigue me so. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sandy | 2/2/2014

    " After returning from a safari vacation where we had a Massai warrior for a safari guide, I was very intrigued about the Maasai culture, so I bought this book on Amazon. What a great story! Very well written and easy to read, as it is written for kids to read (I would say 12 and up). Great descriptions of Maasai mentality and traditions. Great rags to riches story...Great book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michelle | 2/1/2014

    " This is a memoir of a boy who grew up in a Nomadic tribe in Kenya and had the opportunity to go to school and become educated in America. He spends half of his year as a teacher in Washington D.C. and the other half of his year as a herder for his tribe. A great commentary on the benefits of having two cultures. This is one I definitely want to read with students. "

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