"As a young girl in Kenya, Wangari was taught to respect nature. She grew up loving the land, plants, and animals that surrounded her — from the giant mugumo trees her people, the Kikuyu, revered to the tiny tadpoles that swam in the river. Although most Kenyan girls were not educated, Wangari, curious and hardworking, was allowed to go to school. There, her mind sprouted like a seed. She excelled at science and went on to study in the United States. After returning home, Wangari blazed a trail across Kenya, using her knowledge and compassion to promote the rights of her countrywomen and to help save the land, one tree at a time. This book brings to life the empowering story of Wangari Maathai, the first African woman, and environmentalist, to win a Nobel Peace Prize."Look at one of the fantastic illustrations.
Read what people are saying about her:
- Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai: A Global Icon of Conservation ~ NPR, today
- Wangari Maathai and Why She Matters ~ Huffington Post, today
- Wangari Maathai, 71, Nobelist and advocate for Kenyan women, environment, dies ~ Washington Post, today
- The Green Belt Movement, which she founded in 1977
Seeds of Change: Planting a Path to Peace ~ by Jen Cullerton Johnson, illustrated by Sonia Lynn Sadler, 2010, biography for children (Kenya), 9/10Both books are excellent. Rated: 9 of 10.
Unbowed by Wangari Maathai, 2006, memoir (Kenya), 9/10