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Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees [Hardcover]

Item : Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees [Hardcover]
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Author Author : PrÉVot, Franck
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 158089626X
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9781580896269
Publisher Publisher : Charlesbridge
Pages Pages : 48
Binding Binding : Hardcover
Item ID : 100142151

“Trees are living symbols of peace and hope.” –Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace laureate

This simply told story begins with Green Belt Movement founder Wangari Maathai’s childhood at the foot of Mount Kenya where, as the oldest child in her family, her responsibility was to stay home and help her mother. When the chance to go to school presented itself, she seized it with both hands. In the 1960s, she was awarded the opportunity to travel to the US to study, where she saw that even in the land of the free, black people were not welcome.

Returning home, Wangari was determined to help her people and her country. She recognized that deforestation and urbanization was at the root of her country’s troubles. Her courage and confidence carried her through adversity to found a movement for peace, reconciliation, and healing. 

Aurélia Fronty’s beautiful illustrations show readers the color and diversity of Wangari’s Africa—the green trees and the flowering trees full of birds, monkeys, and other animals; the roots that dig deep into the earth; and the people who work and live on the land. Wangari Maathai changed the way the world thinks about nature, ecology, freedom, and democracy, inspiring radical efforts that continue to this day.*Wangari Maathai's biographical details, including, of course, her creation of Kenya's Green Belt Movement, are explicitly linked to feminist and human rights issues during her lifetime in this picture book. After an introduction to Wangari Maathai as a woman who carried out her important work with important people —and an immediate, affirming reference to village women as important people—the text moves into a present-tense description of the life and times of Wangari, she who belongs to the leopard. Every double-page spread features striking, stylized artwork in lush colors, enhancing a thoughtful text. Predominant Kenyan attitudes toward womenlĂ*

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