- By Virginia L. Kroll Nancy Carpenter

Masai and I

  • Title: Masai and I
  • Author: Virginia L. Kroll Nancy Carpenter
  • ISBN: 9780689804540
  • Page: 214
  • Format: Paperback
  • Masai and I In school one day a little girl named Linda learns about East Africa and a tall proud people called the Masai If I were a Masai Linda wonders would I live in an apartment building the way I do now

    In school one day, a little girl named Linda learns about East Africa and a tall, proud people called the Masai If I were a Masai Linda wonders, would I live in an apartment building the way I do now Would I have a pet hamster of a new pair of sneakers What would my family be like if I were Masai Linda s observations celebrate things that are different and theings tIn school one day, a little girl named Linda learns about East Africa and a tall, proud people called the Masai If I were a Masai Linda wonders, would I live in an apartment building the way I do now Would I have a pet hamster of a new pair of sneakers What would my family be like if I were Masai Linda s observations celebrate things that are different and theings that are the same, as her imagination opens the door to a place where Masai might be I, and I, Masai.

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    1. Masai and I is a fiction book written by Virginia Kroll and Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter. The style of the book is very simple and easy to read. In this book, the main character compares her own life with what she has learned in school about East Africa and its inhabitants. I like this book because the main character attempts to put herself in someone else’s shoes. The artwork throughout the book is realistic and warm. Another thing that I enjoyed about the book is the comparison of western [...]

    2. My favorite part of the book is the end where the young woman looks in the mirror and loves her reflection.

    3. A little girl compares her life in the U.S. to what it might be like if she were a member of the Masai after learning about them in school. It's an unusual book, but the writing is structured well and the idea is interesting. It's not a typical topic for a picture book, so it leads me to want to try some writing activity with it. It would be a good book to use as a model in the classroom. Well done.

    4. One of my favorite children's literature stories! From the creative flow of the illustrations to the way connections made between cultures by the child in the story, it is entertaining and wonderfully written. A great book to talk about cultures, different ways of life, and making connections.

    5. Masai and I is a fictional children’s book written by a former teacher named Virginia Kroll whose fifth-grade class inspired her to write the book. The main character is a young girl named Linda who learns about East Africa in class and begins to question what life would be like if she lived in East Africa, among a people called the Masai. A teacher can use this book as a text-to-world read about environmental literacy, and bring the East African environment to life, one illustration at a time [...]

    6. Author: Virginia KrollIllustrator: Nancy CarpenterTitle: Masai and IPlot: "This extraordinary picture book, an innovative marriage of image and text, celebrates a teacher's gift and a child's imagination. One day at school Linda learns about East Africa and a tall, proud people called the Masai. For the next few days she wonders what her life would be like if she were a Masai."()Setting: USA school/house and African school/houseCharacters: Masai and narratorPOV: 1st (narrator)Theme: Cultural sim [...]

    7. This was a book donation from Migrant Even Start in Portland, Maine. This would be a good book to continue discussions on empathy - i.e. how are we the same? It would pair well with "the wind blows" game I use to encourage children to see how they are the same as their peers. You could have students complete a Venn diagram to show the differences between the little girl living in NYC and how she would live if she were still in East Africa by discussing differences in housing, food, water, desser [...]

    8. Genre: Realistic FictionReview: Children's LiteraturePrompted by the "tingle of kinship" she felt when she learned about East Africans in school one day, an elementary grader compares her daily customs with those of the people she studied, in Virginia Kroll's Masai And I. Were she Masai, she muses, she'd do many things differently: sleep on cowhide on the bare earth, eat with her mom and other women apart from the men and boys, live among the African animals she sees in the Zoo, and more. Nancy [...]

    9. Beautiful! I love how Kroll highlighted several normal events and circumstances in Linda's day, then compared them to life as Masai. And Carpenter's illustrations blend seamlessly from one page/culture to the other. As an elementary school teacher, I see this book as an engaging read-aloud and a wonderful introduction to comparing and contrasting.

    10. "That day at school, we learned about East Africa and a tall, proud people called the Masai. I feel the tingle of kinship flowing through my veins." And with this, Linda imagines her life in Africa - comparing it to her urban upbringing in America. A nice cross-cultural narrative, ending with: "I come home and stare at my reflection in my bedroom mirror smooth brown skin over high cheekbones and black eyes that slant up a little when I smile. I like what I see. I tingle again with that feeling a [...]

    11. This is a touching story about a little girl discovering her East African heritage. She takes us through her day comparing commonplace activities and encounters in both a Western culture and in an East African culture. This would be a book to use when thinking about expanding the cultural horizons of 2nd graders. Though they may not grasp the spatial relationship between here and East Africa, they will start to realize that not everyone lives as they do.

    12. Beautiful, dreamy illustrations about a young girl talking about her own life, then comparing what would be happening in the same circumstances if she were part of a Masai village community. For example, her Mama says to come home when the streetlights go on, but if she were Masai, she would stay out until "the bats' caves echoed with empty silence'. Beautiful language.

    13. This book has great illustrations that help to meld the story of an American girl and her African American counterparts. The kids noticed how the two stories were brought together by the words and the pictures. It really helps kids to think about what it might be like to live in a different part of the world.

    14. Masai and I is about a little girl who learns about the Masai in her class. Many children do not know a lot about other cultures, therefore this book illustrates that it is very important to learn about a culture that is different from yours. The book teaches you about being open-minded and accepting different cultures.

    15. I highly recommend this read for home and for the classroom. It not only presents African culture in a way that is close and human, but also supports self-esteem in african american children. What the protagonist sees in the Masai and in herself is beautiful, and she would not want to change a thing. Very, very valuable message that I can't stress enough.

    16. Linda learns about East Africa and a group of people called the Masai. If I were a Masai"' Linda wonders what her life would be like if she were Masai. This book is about accepting other beliefs and respecting different cultures.

    17. A skillfully done tale that compares and contrasts life in America with life as a Masai girl in Africa. An excellent way to teach a new culture, in a thoughtful and engaging way.

    18. This story compares the lives of an African-American girl and a Masai girl. I thought the concept might be a little advanced for The Whirl Girl right now, but great in a year.

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