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Only the Mountains Do Not Move: A Maasai Story of Culture and Conservation

Written and photographed by Jan Reynolds

Paperback: $9.95

 

 

Nobody can say he is settled
anywhere forever;
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

Thumb_thumb Jan Reynolds - Author, Illustrator

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

ISBN

Paperback: 9781600608445

Hardcover: 9781600603334

Guided Reading:

Q

Lexile:

990L

Interest Level:

Grades 3 - 6

Reading Level:

Grades 4 - 5

Themes

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

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