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Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa

As a young girl growing up in Kenya, Wangari Maathai was surrounded by trees. But years later when she returns home, she is shocked to see whole forests being cut down, and she knows that soon all the trees will be destroyed. So Wangari decides to do something — and starts by planting nine seedlings in her own backyard. And as they grow, so do her plans...

Maathai's innovative idea to teach women across the country to plant new trees — helping both the environment and women's rights at the same time — would grow into the Green Belt Movement, a grassroots organization that's changed Kenya forever and brought green life back to barren soil. This true story of Wangari Maathai, environmentalist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is a shining example of how one woman’s passion, vision, and determination inspired great change.

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"The acrylic illustrations have a warm folk-art influence. The pictures are both literal and symbolic, and framed in complementary lines of color. An author's note and a quote from Maathai are included. This book would be a superb choice for read-alouds or assignments." -- School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 8
Author Jeanette Winter
ISBN 0152065458
Publication Date Sep 21, 2008
Publisher Harcourt Children's Books