Mama Miti

Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya

By Napoli, Donna Jo & Nelson, Kadir

Publishers Summary:
One woman. One seed.One hope for the future.Thayu nyumba -- Peace, my people.Wangari grew up in the shadow of Mount Kenya listening to the stories about the people and land around her. Though the trees towered over her, she had loved them for as long as she could remember. So strong, so beautiful, how the trees made her smile.Wangari planted trees one by one to refresh her spirit. When the women came to her for help with their families, she told them to do the same. Soon the countryside was filled with trees. Kenya was strong once more. Wangari had changed her country, tree by tree.Donna Jo Napoli tells a story inspired by the life of 2004 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Wangari Maathai that will touch the hearts and spirits of all who read it. Kadir Nelson's stunning collage illustrations honor the spirit of a land and of the woman who saved it.

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ISBN
978-1-41693-505-6
Publisher
Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on February 1, 2010

Gr 3-4 This idealistic account focuses on Wangari's wisdom in advising women to plant different kinds of trees to solve their particular economic problems. "Here are seedlings of the "mukinduri". This tree makes good firewood." "Plant a tree. A "mukawa". Its thorns will keep out predators." Napoli inserts a Kikuyu phrase and its translation after each bit of Wangari's advice. ""Thayu nyumba"""Peace, my people." The story seems to suggest that the trees were a rather quick solution to the people's problems of hunger and poverty in Kenya's devastated landscape. "Soon cool, cl...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2010

This picture book celebrates Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize–winner Wangari Maathai who, by encouraging women to plant trees, also gave them a way t...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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