Planting the Trees of Kenya

The Story of Wangari Maathai

By Nivola, Claire A.

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ISBN
978-0-37439-918-4
Publisher
Foster Farrar


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on April 1, 2008

Gr 2-4 Wangari Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement, was the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. This simple story focuses on her conservation efforts, with little mention of her personal life and political struggles. Maathai studied biology in the United States in the early 1960s. When she returned to the newly independent Kenya five years later, she noticed that her country's natural resources were disappearing rapidly and that the people were growing poorer. She ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on May 1, 2008

As an illustrator, Nivola is a double threat—equally adept at complementing the words of others (The Silent Witness, The Flag Maker) and, in books of her own, giving the pictures the dramatic lead. For the story of Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan woman who made her despoiled homeland blossom again, she creates absorbing, telltale images—sweeping views of the countryside with miniature human figures, in the manner of folk paintings. As a small child Maathai looks out over a vast green world, where even the fallen branches of the sacr...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2008

After five years away from Kenya, Maathai returns to a despoiled homeland. She rallies women to plant trees, and the movement spreads...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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