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One of the things I’m most thankful for are good books. When I read a couple weeks ago about “14 Cows for America,” I knew I had to read the story for myself.

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It’s about a group of Masaai warriors who decide to give cows to the United States after 9/11.

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The symbolism in the book is startling. There are often exquisite drawings with two tower-like figures in the background. Giraffe necks, walking sticks, branches of acacia trees.

Interestingly, I bought this book for a young friend. Reading it to her, I realized she is young enough to have been born years after the national tragedy. While I had tears in my eyes by the end of the story, touched by the beautiful illustrations as much as the carefully selected words, she was entranced by the animals.

In a way, this is healing.

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The other recent children’s book I purchased is “The Red Shoes.” Again, it’s the matching of spectacular drawings with words chosen just right that make this book art.

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Plus, who doesn’t love a good story of redemption that includes amazing accessories?

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Both stories are full of hope and healing with patient perseverance. They are being added to my list of favorites for children, including “The Fire Cat,” and “The Secret Garden.”