Planting the trees of Kenya: the story of Wangari Maathai

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Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, Apr 7, 2008 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages
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Wangari Maathai, winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize and founder of the Green Belt Movement, grew up in the highlands of Kenya, where fig trees cloaked the hills, fish filled the streams, and the people tended their bountiful gardens. But over many years, as more and more land was cleared, Kenya was transformed. When Wangari returned home from college in America, she found the village gardens dry, the people malnourished, and the trees gone. How could she alone bring back the trees and restore the gardens and the people?

Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature, says: “Wangari Maathai’s epic story has never been told better—everyone who reads this book will want to plant a tree!”

With glowing watercolor illustrations and lyrical prose, Claire Nivola tells the remarkable story of one woman’s effort to change the fate of her land by teaching many to care for it. An author’s note provides further information about Wangari Maathai and the Green Belt Movement. In keeping with the theme of the story, the book is printed on recycled paper.

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The illustrations are wonderful too. - Goodreads
The writing style is very clear and understandable. - Goodreads
This book has a great plot for a young reader. - Goodreads

Review: Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai

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Wangari Maathai tells her story of growing up surrounded by green in the farm hills of central Kenya. All kinds of trees covered Kenya and the streams were filled with fish. Wangari tells us about the ... Read full review

Review: Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai

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See : Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya by Donna Jo Napoli, Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa by Jeanette Winter, The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families by ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

CLAIRE A. NIVOLA has written and/or illustrated several books, including The Mouse of Amherst, written by Elizabeth Spires, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. She lives in Newton Highlands, Massachusetts.