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Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa Paperback – Illustrated, July 31, 2018
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"This delightful picture-book biography of the environmentalist has engaging illustrations and accessible, succinct prose. . . . This book would be a superb choice for read-alouds or assignments."—School Library Journal, starred review
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"Award-winning writer and illustrator Jeanette Winter's clear text and bold paintings (right) make it easy to imagine the story of Maathai and the women of the Green Belt Movement she started."—American Scientist
" . . . beautifully illustrated and simply written for young children."--Sacramento Bee
"Jeanette Winter's singular illustrative style is recognizable by the organic patterns and lively pastel hues . . . Scenes of crouching women planting tiny saplings . . . and, later, images of lush, bird-filled forests . . . celebrate [Maathai's] powerful vision."—Audubon
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About the Author
JEANETTE WINTER has written and illustrated many books for children, including MAMA, The Librarian of Basra, Calavera Abecedario: A Day of the Dead Alphabet Book, My Name Is Georgia, and Josefina. She lives in New York City.
- Publisher : HMH Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition (July 31, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1328869210
- ISBN-13 : 978-1328869210
- Reading age : 4 - 7 years
- Lexile measure : AD600L
- Grade level : Preschool - 3
- Item Weight : 4.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 8 x 0.13 x 10.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #58,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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All in all, great book, great story, and the amazing Wangari saving Kenya by planting one tree at a time!
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I have another version of this story, Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya Hardcover by Professor of Linguistics Donna Jo Napoli (Author), Kadir Nelson (Illustrator). This, Napoli version, is a more poetically written telling of the story with exquisite illustrations and a musical refrain which I have found the children really enjoy repeating.
The Winter's version is more reasonably priced than the Napoli one, which is quite expensive.