Summary from Goodreads:
In June of 2002, a very unusual ceremony begins in a far-flung village in western Kenya.
An American diplomat is surrounded by hundreds of Maasai people. A gift is about to be bestowed on the American men, women, and children, and he is there to accept it. The gift is as unsought and unexpected as it is extraordinary.
A mere nine months have passed since the September 11 attacks, and hearts are raw. Tears flow freely from American and Maasai as these legendary warriors offer their gift to a grieving people half a world away.
Word of the gift will travel news wires around the globe. Many will be profoundly touched, but for Americans, this selfless gesture will have deeper meaning still. For a heartsick nation, the gift of fourteen cows emerges from the choking dust and darkness as a soft light of hope and friendship.
I came across it by chance and, because I was curious about the title, I sat down to read it. This is one of the most powerful children's books I have read in years. Beautifully illustrated and with a heart warming message, 14 Cows is a book that I believe should be in every classroom. A message of love and compassion from the Maasai people for Americans in response to the attacks on September 11th that proves that, even though we have so many differences, empathy can still exist and thrive between our people.
Even if you have not been affected directly by the events of September 11th, this story will still resonate strongly with you. Give it a try and I am sure that you will find it as beautiful as I did.