Facing the Lion: Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna (Paperback)

Facing the Lion: Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna By Herman J. Viola Cover Image
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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.

About the Author

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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780792272977
ISBN-10: 0792272978
Publisher: National Geographic Kids
Publication Date: October 11th, 2005
Pages: 128
Language: English