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Facing the Lion : Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna

By (author) Joseph Lemasolai Lekut , By (author) Herman J. Viola

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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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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 129.5 x 203.2 x 10.2mm | 158.76g
  • 02 Nov 2005
  • National Geographic Kids
  • London
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0792272978
  • 9780792272977
  • 126,125

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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.

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"Every home should have this book." --"The Baltimore Afro-American"

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