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Facing the Lion: Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna

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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.


Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton gives 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.

Published by National Geographic Society

Weight 0.2 kg
Dimensions 13.3 × 0.9 × 21 cm
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