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Masai and I by Virginia Kroll
Published by Puffin, 1994

When Linda learns about East Africa and a tall, proud people called the Masai, she feels a strong sympathy with them. As she continues her life in the city, playing on the streets, eating with her family and getting ready for school, she begins to compare each activity with the way it would be if she were a Masai.

Masai and I by Virginia Kroll

As Linda compares her life to theirs, she learns to celebrate both things that are different and things that are the same.

With alternative pictures of Linda’s inner-city life and that of a Masai, a fascinating sense of kinship emerges.

‘The text and pictures achieve a perfect harmony…The comparisons are always positive…A joy of a book’ – Junior Education

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