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    DescriptionAfter opening with a dramatic chapter about Lekuton's first encounter with a lion, the books covers his life from birth, through his early life as a cattle herder (starting at about age 5), his mischievousness, the way of life in the village (there was a nasty guy called the Pinching Man, who would punish kids if they were bad), school (including dealing with bullies), initiation, his time at boarding school and his journey to America to go to college (he was so worried about not eating the right way that he went without food for four days. His first meal in the U.S. was at McDonalds. He still loves the place.) The book ends with a chapter about going home to his mother and the sense of being at home in two very different worlds. Extracts from the book: 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. *** Cows are our way of life. They give us milk and blood and sometimes meat to eat and hides to wear. They're our wealth: We don't have money; we have cows. The more cows somebody has, the wealthier he is. My mother has lived her whole life in a hut made of sticks and mud, and you could put everything she owns on the seat of a chair. She lives entirely on the cow. For her, there's something wrong with someone who doesn't have cows. It's just not civilized. ***

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    Facing the Lion
    Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Joseph Lemasolai Lekut, By (author) Herman J. Viola
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 128
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 10 mm
    Weight: 159 g
    ISBN 13: 9780792272977
    ISBN 10: 0792272978

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: Y4.2
    BIC subject category V2: YNM
    BIC E4L: PEO
    BIC reading level and special interest qualifier V2: 5AN
    BIC subject category V2: YNH
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 12000
    BIC E4L: NF11+
    B&T Merchandise Category: JUV
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1HFGK
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    DC22: B
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    B&T General Subject: 216
    B&T Book Type: JN
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 09
    BISAC V2.8: JNF007050
    Ingram Subject Code: YB
    Libri: I-YB
    Ingram Theme: CULT/EAFRIC
    B&T Approval Code: X13101000, X11521000
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    BISAC V2.8: JNF038010
    DC22: 967.6204092
    BIC subject category V2: 5AN, 1HFGK
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    DC22: 967.62004/965
    LC classification: DT433.545.M33 L45 2005
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    Thema V1.0: YNH, YNM
    Edition statement
    National Geographic Society
    Imprint name
    National Geographic Society
    Publication date
    02 November 2005
    Publication City/Country
    Hanover, PA
    Author Information
    Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton is a Maasai tribesman who grew up on the savanna of northern Kenya. He teaches eighth grade social studies in Langley, Virginia and holds a master's degree in International Education Policy from Harvard University. Each summer he brings a group of students and parents to Kenya to work on development projects that help his people.
    Review quote
    "Every home should have this book." --"The Baltimore Afro-American"