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

by Jeanette Winter

Jeanette Winter’s striking acrylic illustrations, in a warm palette of colors,... read more

Jeanette Winter’s striking acrylic illustrations, in a warm palette of colors, bring a vibrant sense of importance to the story of Wangari Maathai and the Green Belt Movement in Kenya. Beginning with Maathai’s childhood growing up beneath an umbrella of green in the shadow of Mount Kenya, Winter’s words root readers in a faraway landscape. Following Wangari’s study-abroad experience in the United States, she returns home to find the land deforested, with serious consequences to her people and the agriculture. Wangari launches a mission to replant the trees of Kenya, and she gradually recruits an army of women across the land to join her—despite social and political obstacles. Together they plant more than 30 million trees, and the land is renewed. An author’s note provides information on the chronology of events as well as details on the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Wangari Maathai in 2004. This straightforward and vivid picture book biography both works on its own and complements other materials on this topic. (Ages 5–9)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2009

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