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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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Rating:*****
Tags:Part E: Nonfiction Books: Biography

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Summary: This book is about a lady who inspired the people of Kenya to start planting trees in order to bring life back to their country.

Critique: This is a great book to inspire others to make a difference in their part of the world. You could challenge the students to follow what they are passionate about.

Craft Element: Taking care of the Earth is a theme throughout the book. You could read this to the class and have the students do a class project. The project could be as simple as planting a tree in the park or some other Earth promoting community service.
  Summer18 | Sep 2, 2016 |
"Planting the Trees of Kenya" is about Wangari Maathai and her work to start her Green Belt Movement. When Wangari was younger, her home in Kenya was covered in trees, but after her return from college, the land was almost completely bare. She then made it her mission to replant trees all over Kenya and she enlisted the help of many to do it. She went around and taught people, young and old, how to plant trees and how to care for their land. Her work earned her recognition around the world. Wangari Maathai's story teaches the importance of not only taking care of the earth but also the importance of doing what's right even when it's hard. ( )
  tmoore3 | May 3, 2016 |
I would use this book to tie into a science lesson in the 3rd grade because I would have each student plant their own plant to grow and then take home. I would do 3rd grade because I think that is when the kids will get the best understading of the book. ( )
  SarahSangalli | Apr 25, 2016 |
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.(amazon).
  AmyStepaniuk | Oct 10, 2015 |
This story functioned extremely well as a picture book because readers can see the difference in the land of Kenya over time just as Wangari did. Lovely telling of a historical event.
  kali.joy | Sep 16, 2015 |
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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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