Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions Of Trees

wangari maathaiWangari Maathai received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for starting the Green Belt Movement, dedicated to planting trees, protecting the environment, and promoting women’s rights. This beautiful picture book biography describes her early life when she went to school at a time when very few African women even learned to read. She eventually studied in the United States and earned her Ph.D. from the University of Nairobi in 1971. Besides planting trees all over Kenya, she organized the environmental party to defeat the corrupt Kenyan government in 2002. Dramatic and vibrant stylized art, with African textile patterns, helps celebrate Maathai’s life and accomplishments. Extensive back matter includes a timeline of her life with photographs, a map of Africa, information on Kenya today and deforestation, quotations from her autobiography and Nobel lecture, and helpful websites. mjw
Title: Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions Of Trees
Author: Franck Prevot
Illustrator
: Aurelia Fronty
Publisher
: Charlesbridge. Watertown, Massachusetts
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: French
Translator
: Dominique Clement
Original Title
: Wangari Maathai: la femme qui plantait des millions d’arbres
Original Publisher
: Editions Rue du Monde
Original Copyright
: 2012
ISBN
: 978-1-58089-626-9
Hardcover pages
: 48
Age range
: 6-9
Genre
: Picture Book Biography
Book setting
: Kenya
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Author’s residence
: France
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s residence
: France
Awards:  2016 Children’s Africana Book Award
Subjects
: Environmentalists, Green Belt Movement, Kenya, Multicultural, Novel Peace Prize, Trees, Women

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