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by Claire A. Nivola

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Title:Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai (Frances Foster Books)
Authors:Claire A. Nivola
Info:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (2008), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 32 pages
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Tags:Part E: Nonfiction Books: Biography

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Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai by Claire A. Nivola (2008)

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This is the inspirational story of Wangari Maathai, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. I had not heard her story before reading this book. It is a story of hope and perseverance. Maathai helps the people of Kenya realize how their actions are destroying the environment and creating an unsustainable land. She teaches as many people as she can the importance of planting trees and taking care of the land. In 30 years, over 30 million trees have been planted- amazing! ( )
  SuPendleton | Jul 27, 2014 |
What an incredible narrative. It manages to show the ecological benefits of small scale farming and maintaining local fauna, as well as depicting strong role models for young girls, all while maintaining accessibility and avoiding pretention. The book paints a portrait of Wagnari Maathai as a determined and intellectual leader and other Kenyan women, regardless of educational background, as key players in this national environmental movement. The illustrations maintain the lightness of the watercolor medium while still having intricate details and interesting textures, making the sweeping landscapes captivating without being overdone or too heavy handed. The same can be said for the book’s language: some direct quotes from Maathai provide moving imagery. This is not just a good book, but it is an important message full of positive and inspiring ideas.
  KellyAnnGraff | Mar 3, 2014 |
I selected this book because I saw it on the shelf and had read Unbowed, Maathai's memoir, for a global environmental politics course I took. I wanted to see if the children's book held true to Maathai's memoir. For the most part, the books appears to be accurate in terms of describing in simple terms the devastation of the landscape caused by farming and deforestation. However, the book leaves out all of the political battles Maathai fought, and the very real physical danger she was often in when it came to defending the Green Belt Movement . I really enjoyed the illustrations and the message of hope that the author provides. It makes me want to read Unbowed again, because I have forgotten so many of the details. I think I may also use the children's book as an example of how human rights and environmentalism intersect in my human rights literature unit. ( )
  Sandert1 | Feb 11, 2014 |
This is a slightly more detailed story about Wasgari's trees. It explains that she studied biology at an American college. I would read this to middle age students studying biographies. ( )
  afussell | Nov 27, 2013 |
This book tells the story of Wangari Maathai, who planted thousands of trees and started an environmental movement in Kenya. This is a beautiful story that children should know about, ( )
  HannahRevard | Nov 26, 2013 |
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As Wangari Maathai tells it, when she was growing up on a farm in the hills of central Kenya, the earth was clothed in its dress of green.
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She had been away for five years, only five years, but it might have been twenty-so changed was the landscape of Kenya.
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This is a book that is a biography about Wangari Maathai. The story is told through her life accomplishments. Wangari grew up in Kenya, where trees cloaked the hills, fish filled the streams, and the people tended their gardens. She noticed that she came back from college, everything was different. It was her job to restore everything back to their normal ways. The author does a great job telling the remarkable story of one’s woman’s effort to change the fate of her land by teaching many to care for it.
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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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"This is the story of Wangari Maathai, winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize and founder of the Green Belt Movement, Wangari came home from college to find the streams dry, the people malnourished, and the trees gone. How could she alone bring back the trees and restore the gardens and the people?"--Dust jacket.… (more)

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