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Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya

Through artful prose and beautiful illustrations, Donna Jo Napoli and Kadir Nelson tell the true story of Wangari Muta Maathai, known as "Mama Miti," who in 1977 founded the Green Belt Movement, an African grassroots organization that has empowered many people to mobilize and combat deforestation, soil erosion, and environmental degradation. Today more than 30 million trees have been planted throughout Mama Miti's native Kenya, and in 2004 she became the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Wangari Muta Maathai has changed Kenya tree by tree -- and with each page turned, children will realize their own ability to positively impact the future.

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“Nelson’s breathtaking portraits of Maathai often have a beatific quality; bright African textiles represent fields, mountains, and Maathai’s beloved trees… Napoli creates a vivid portrait of the community from which Maathai’s tree-planting mission grows." -- Publisher's Weekly

"Jeanette Winter’s Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa and Claire A. Nivola’s Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai (both 2008) integrate more background context, and readers encountering Maathai’s story for the first time here will need to start with the appended short biography in order to understand the story’s generalized references. Most noteworthy is Nelson’s vibrant collage artwork, which features soaring portraits and lush landscapes in oil paint and printed fabrics." -- Booklist

Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 8
Author Donna Jo Napoli
Illustrator Kadir Nelson
ISBN 1416935053
Publication Date Jan 5, 2010
Publisher Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Language English