Facing the Lion: Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna
Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton with Herman J. Viola, 2003, YA
Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books
Format: Paperback, 128 pages
ISBN-10: 0792272978 / ISBN-13: 978-0792272977
Synopsis: Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton gives American readers a firsthand look at growing up in Kenya as a member of a tribe of nomads, whose livelihood centers on the raising and grazing of cattle. Readers share Lekuton's first encounter with a lion, the epitome of bravery in the warrior tradition. They follow his mischievous antics as a young Maasai cattle herder, coming-of-age initiation, boarding school escapades, soccer success, and journey to America for college. Lekuton's riveting text combines exotic details of nomadic life with the universal experience and emotions of a growing boy.