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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 was a book that I just happened to grab while walking through the library one day. This was a great book to read since I have been reading informational books that center around standing up for what you believe and DOING something you are passionate about. This was also a powerful story since the main character was a woman from a country where women were somewhat oppressed. One quote even said that no one really thought much about what the women wanted to do, since they did not know how to read or write. This is a great story about a woman who leaves her home country, becomes educated, returns, and makes great change. ( )
  HeidiJones | Mar 16, 2015 |
This book is based on the real story of Wangari Maathai. Wangari is in the U. S. and learns of the destruction of her home in Kenya. Saddened by this, she returns home to help. She helped plant trees to bring back the forest of Kenya. I liked to illustrations as well. They bring her story to life, and have great detail to them. ( )
  kwolinski | Dec 3, 2014 |
This is yet again another book to she to impact Wangari had of the African Community. It is interesting to see the difference in all three of the books. The credibility of the books is crucial to determining which of the differences are true. ( )
  hschmill22 | Nov 25, 2014 |
Planting the Trees of Kenya is a really good book and the story is based on the real story of Wangari Maathal. After learning of the destruction of Kenya's forest when Wangari returned back home, I was saddened. However, Wangari is a courageous and brave women, and she helped the people bring back the forest and fruit trees back to make the people who had once been sick and week to be healthy. The illustrations were also good, and the images of when Kenya lost their forest were sad. To see all the people grow the trees,though, made me really happy, and I am glad I read this story and now a little something of African History. ( )
  Remy_Ferrell | Nov 20, 2014 |
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 |
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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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