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Facing the Lion: Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna (National Geographic) Paperback – 2 Nov 2005

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Kids; Reprint edition (2 Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792272978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792272977
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Every home should have this book."

--"The Baltimore Afro-American"

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.


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I live in Africa..... in fact i've lived here all my life..... but after reading this book i have a better view on Africa.... If you would like to learn more about nomadic and rural life in Africa then you should read this book... i really admire the author as he was just a nomadic cattle herder in rural Kenya and now he's a teacher in America.... This is a very inspiring book!!
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I've just finished reading this book and have to say I did enjoy it. I hadn't realised though that it's a book for young people! My fault probably - should have read the Amazon small print.

The story of Joseph growing up is an inspiration to anyone who thinks they have it tough!
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By kennedy on 21 Aug. 2013
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I originally wanted it to use as a story for the class for another culture. It has fantastic setting description- however some of the gramma is not correct. The boys especially picked this book of the shelf to read and were hooked. Just be aware there is a chapter on circumcision.
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The narrative here tends to focus on specific events more than a traditional linear narrative. Once you get past this, the book gives a strong insight into the ways in which education was perceived by the writer's family and friends. Definitely worth reading.
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The book chronicles the growing up of the author, divided between the Kenyan savannah and his education, which was mostly at least somewhat removed. In some ways the stories follow on to eachother, but not necessarily all in chronological order.

While the main message - that all hardships can be overcome if one perseveres - is present throughout, the rest provides a somewhat colourful background. Especially interesting were the episodes, where the author interacts with the then Kenyan president Arap Moi, presenting him in a rather better light than is usual (not a lot of his dictatorial characteristics comming through).

While the book is endearing overall and I can definitely see how it is something I would give my children to read, it falls a bit short in my opinion to make it into a real 5 star read - the language, descriptions, story, none of them have the quite vividness and energy for that.
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Very interesting and informative book. Easy to read, it reminds people born into a material world of the real values of life. The author has the unique opportunity to have lived in both worlds and can compare the merits of each. I love reading about tribes and their culture especially in East Africa as I have visited many times.
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