First Come the Zebra

By The New York Times

Barasch successfully dramatizes a real-life conflict between the Kikuyu and Masai peoples in Kenya, by telling the story of two boys. Abaani, a Masai herder, and Haki, a Kikuyu whose family are farmers, immediately begin fighting when they first meet. Things escalate until a baby wanders into danger and they both help in the rescue. The scenes are simply drawn, and the resolution feels hopeful and realistic; endnotes provide helpful context.