Wangari's Trees of Peace : A True Story from Africa Hardback
As a young girl growing up in Kenya, Wangari was surrounded by trees.
But years later when she returns home, she is shocked to see whole forests being cut down, and she knows that soon all the trees will be destroyed.
So Wangari decides to do something - and starts by planting nine seedlings in her own backyard. And as they grow, so do her plans...
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 32 pages, full colour illustrations throughout
- Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
- Publication Date: 22/08/2008
- Category: Picture books
- ISBN: 9780152065454
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Review by ccbell
As a young girl growing up in Kenya, Wangari was surrounded by trees. But years later when she returns home, she is shocked to see whole forests being cut down. So Wangari decides to do something - and starts by planting nine seedlings in her own backyard. And as they grow, so do her plans.
Review by jroy218
"Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa" begins with a young girls story of growing up in Africa. She leaves for years, and comes back to her native Kenya where she sees that there is a lack of trees and it is causing inhabitants problems. She begins by setting up nine seedlings and tells other women about it as well. Men think they are crazy. Eventually, many trees are make in Kenya and lives there are made easier. The pictures in this book are great. It shows the demolition of her area and how she gets in back. This would be a great book to use with a K - 3 class to explain how activities to help the environment can be started with just one person. I am sure children would love the book!
Review by AmyNorthMartinez
This book is a beautifully illustrated book that packs a powerful message of pacifism and personal responsibility. I would use it in any lessons related to peaceful resistance, our ecosystem, or environmental restoration. There are no racial conflicts in the story. However, the conflict between men and women that is developed in the narrative is not resolved. This may nurture difficult moments in the classroom.
Review by AbigailAdams26
Jeanette Winter, whose picture-book biographies include <u>The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq</u>, and <u>Nasreen's Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan</u>, turns her attention to the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize-winner Wangari Maathai in <u>Wangari's Trees of Peace</u>. Growing up in rural Kenya, Wangari developed a deep love of the natural world, but when she returned to her homeland after her college years in the United States, she discovered a land that had been stripped of its greenery, a land increasingly unable to support its people. Determined to help, she began to plant trees, encouraging others to do the same...After reading Claire A. Nivola's <u>Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai</u>, I was curious to see how another children's author would handle this story. Generally speaking, I was pleased with Winters' informative narrative, which included some aspects of the story - like Wangari's imprisonment by the government - that were omitted from Nivola's book. Although I preferred the illustrations from <u>Planting the Trees of Kenya</u>, this is still an immensely appealing book, highly recommended to anyone looking for a good children's book on the founder of Kenya's <i>Green Belt Movement</i>.
Review by matthewbloome
This story was perfect for a primary level read about this amazing woman. Mrs. Winter does a great job choosing a simple vocabulary to explain the Greenbelt Movement and Wangari Maathia's importance for her people.
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