First Come the ZebraAuthor Lynne Barasch ISBN 9781620140291 Binding Trade Paper Publisher Lee & Low Books Publication Date May 23, 2013 Size 216 x 267 mm
One day when Abaani, a Maasai boy, takes his family's cattle out to graze, he is surprised to see a Kikuyu boy, Haki, tending a new fruit and vegetable stall alongside the road. The boys know of the traditional conflicts between the Maasai and the Kikuyu. They take an immediate dislike to each other.
A short while later, as customers surround Haki's stall, a dangerous situation suddenly arises. Abaani calls to Haki, and together they act quickly. Little do the boys know they have also taken the first step in overcoming their differences and forging a path to friendship.
Framed by the annual great migration of animals to Kenya, First Come the Zebra looks beyond current conflicts toward the hope for peaceful coexistence. This appealing story is an encouraging tribute to the potential of today's youth to make a difference in the world.
LYNNE BARASCH is the author and illustrator of several award-winning books for children. She was inspired to write First Come the Zebra by the beauty of the land and people of Kenya, which she visited in 2007. Barasch and her husband live in New York City. They have three grown daughters.