This picture book tells the inspiring story of Wangari Maathai, women’s rights activist and one of the first environmental warriors. After going to college in America, Wangari returned to her Kenyan home full of new ideas — but she was shocked to see how deforestation was devastating her lush country. So she combined her passions for women's equality and environmental protection: she realized that by training women to care for their environment, she could give them jobs and help them protect nature.
Wangari began the Green Belt Movement in Kenya in the 1960s, which focused on planting trees, environmental conservation, and women’s rights. She inspired thousands across Africa to plant 30 million trees in 30 years — and became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. With a narrative non-fiction text by award-winning author Gwendolyn Hooks and vibrant illustrations from print-maker Margaux Carpentier, this gorgeous picture book explores political and environmental issues through one woman's inspiring story.
"[Maathai's] political involvement is also detailed in this story: her opposition to environmentally irresponsible government plans and how she joined in protest with other women for the release of political prisoners. Each spread matches several paragraphs on one topic with one or more scenes of stylized humans and animals against extremely bright colors.... A solid introduction to an important figure." — Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||6 - 9|
|Publication Date||Jun 6, 2021|