A man I helped to settle here
taught me a saying from Africa.
I'll bet you would like it:
A cow is God with a wet nose.
Kek comes from Africa where he lived with his mother, father, and
brother. But only he and his mother have survived. Now she's
missing, and Kek has been sent to a new home. In America, he sees
snow for the first time, and feels its sting. He wonders if the
people in this new place will be like the winter-cold and unkind.
But slowly he makes friends: a girl in foster care, an old woman
with a rundown farm, and a sweet, sad cow that reminds Kek of home.
As he waits for word of his mother's fate, Kek weathers the tough
Minnesota winter by finding warmth in his new friendships, strength
in his memories, and belief in his new country.