Facing the Lion: Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna
This true biography of a child growing up Maasai on the grasslands in Kenya gives kids a firsthand look of life for 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.
- ISBN: 9780792272977
- Author: Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton
- 127 pages
- Ages: 8-12, 12+
During the middle of the night, I woke to this huge sound — like rain, but not really like rain. I looked up. The starlight was gone, clouds were everywhere, and there was a light drizzle falling. But that wasn’t the sound. The sound was all of the cows starting to pee. All of them, in every direction. And that is the sign of a lion. A hyena doesn’t make them do that. An elephant doesn’t make them do that. A person doesn’t. Only the lion. We knew right away that a lion was about to attack us.
In exciting, true descriptions – Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton gives children 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.
Published by National Geographic Society
|Dimensions||21.1 × 13.4 × 1.0 cm|