Only the Mountains Do Not Move

A Maasai Story of Culture and Conservation

By Jan Reynolds
(Lee & Low Books, Hardcover, 9781600603334, 40pp.)

Publication Date: October 1, 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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Nobody can say he is settled anywhere forever;
it is only the mountains which do not move from their places.

So goes a Maasai proverb, and so goes the lives of the Maasai in Africa. For hundreds of years they have moved with their herds of cattle and goats across thousands of miles in Kenya and northern Tanzania.
Today the Maasai face new challenges, moving them in different directions. Their traditional way of life is threatened, lands are overgrazed, and wildlife is on the brink of extinction. The Maasai are meeting these obstacles head on—adapting their lives and farming practices, while keeping their vibrant close-knit culture alive.
Award-winning author-photographer Jan Reynolds presents a striking glimpse of a dynamic people. Only the Mountains Do Not Move shows the Maasai’s remarkable ability to forge a delicate balance between the richness of the past and the needs of the future.

About the Author
JAN REYNOLDS is the author and photographer of award-winning photo-essays. Her work has been recognized by the National Council of Social Studies as Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People and American Bookseller’s Pick of the Lists. She has also written travel and adventure articles for National Geographic, the New York Times, and Outside magazine. When Reynolds isn’t writing, skiing, mountain climbing, or traveling the world, she can be found driving her recycled vegetable oil–fueled car or spending time with her husband and their two sons at home in Stowe, Vermont.
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