Only the Mountains Do Not Move: A Maasai Story of Culture and Conservation
Written and photographed by Jan Reynolds
Nobody can say he is settled
it is only the mountains
which do not move from their places. So goes a Maasai proverb, and so goes the lives of the Maasai in Africa. For hundreds of years they have moved with their herds of cattle and goats across thousands of miles in Kenya and Tanzania.
Today the Maasai face new challenges. Their traditional way of life is threatened, lands are overgrazed, and wildlife is in danger. Maasai tribes are meeting these obstacles head-on—adapting their lives and agricultural practices while keeping their vibrant, close-knit culture alive.
Award-winning author-photographer Jan Reynolds presents a striking glimpse of these dynamic people. Only the Mountains Do Not Move shows one Maasai tribe’s remarkable ability to forge a delicate balance between the richness of the past and the needs of the future.
About the Creators
is an award-winning author and photographer whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including National Geographic, The New York Times, and Outside magazine. All seven books in her Vanishing Cultures series of photo-essays for children were recognized as Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People. Reynolds is also an avid skier, mountain climber, and adventurer. She holds the world record for women's high altitude skiing, was part of the first expedition to circumnavigate Mount Everest, and performed a solo crossing of the Himalayas. Reynolds lives with her family in Stowe, Vermont.
About This Title
Interest Level:Grades 3 - 6
Reading Level:Grades 4 - 5
Photographic Illustrations, Nature/Science, Nonfiction, Identity/Self Esteem/Confidence, Religion/Spiritual, Overcoming Obstacles, Occupations, Food, Farming, Environment/Nature, Cultural Diversity, Conflict resolution, African/African American Interest, Animals, Exploring Ecosystems, Informational Text, Integrity/Honesty , Optimism/Enthusiasm, Persistence/Grit, Respect/Citizenship
Part of These Collections
African American English Collection Middle School, Nonfiction Collection Middle School, Fluent Dual Language , Fluent English, Informational Nonfiction Grades 3-6, Appendix B Diverse Collection Grades 3-6, English Guided Reading Level Q, Nonfiction Grades 3-6, Environmental Collection, High-Low Books for Preteens (Grades 4-6), High-Low Books for Teens (Middle and High School) African American English Collection Grades 3-6, Diverse Background English Collection Grades 3-6, Appendix B Diverse Collection Middle School,