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14 Cows for America

Read Around the World - 14 Cows for America

I’m thrilled to be part of the Read Around the World summer series from the Multicultural Kid Blogs – a series that allows followers to travel the world through books from many countries and cultures. Today is my day to choose a book! The book I selected, 14 Cows for America (affiliate link), commemorates September 11th in a beautiful story about the kindness of strangers and the beauty of empathy. I love that this book takes something as difficult as this:

world trade center

And leaves an inspiring and uplifting message. This book is a wonderful book to include in a unit on September 11th. As a year-round read it communicates a powerful message about the importance of kindness, empathy, and the interconnectedness of our world.

Read Around the World Summer Reading Series - Multicultural Kid Blogs

Read around the world this summer with great books recommended by the bloggers of the Multicultural Kid Blogs group – and friends! This series includes books in several different languages, but they are all accessible even if you do not speak the target language. You can find all of the posts from this series on the Read Around the World Summer Reading Pinterest board, so be sure to follow! You can also join the discussion on the Multicultural Kid Blogs Facebook page and G+ community! What books can you recommend to introduce our children to the world? Please add your links in the comments if you have them; I would love to add them to my Global Learning and World Culture for Kids boards on Pinterest!

How are you traveling the world this summer? If you are in the United States, what are you doing to celebrate the Fourth of July today? It’s my 34th birthday! We are mostly unpacking from our trip to Massachusetts, where we soaked up lots of US History, but I’m sure we will find something to do for fun as well!

MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

14 thoughts on “14 Cows for America”

  1. Sounds like a wonderful book! From living in Africa, I totally understand the significance of giving cows as a gift. Must be a great read!

  2. jeannine: waddleeahchaa

    Yes, this is a wonderful book!

    I am returning to Cambodia to continue my volunteer work and teacher training in Svay Pak, Cambodia. I would like to recommend A Song for Cambodia by Michelle Lord. This is a picture book I only recommend for older children as it shares the childhood biography of real-life humanitarian Arn Chorn-Pond and the Khmer Rouge. Since I volunteer in Cambodia, I needed a book that could explain Cambodia’s recent history and heartbreak to my children. While the subject is sensitive this is the best book I have found for children on the topic. One of my missions as a mother is to instill compassion in my children.

  3. Having lived with the Maasai years ago when traveling in Africa, and knowing their honorable ways, I can’t wait to read this book. I had not yet heard of it and can’t wait to share it! Thanks! Great pick!

  4. Elisa | blissfulE

    Happy birthday!!! 14 Cows for America looks like an amazing recommendation – the world is truly getting smaller.

  5. Happy birthday! We are getting ready for our annual family water balloon fight and a barbecue with friends. 14 cows for America sounds like a wonderful story on many different levels – I’m bookmarking it for September.

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