Planting the Trees of Kenya

Planting the Trees of Kenya : The Story of Wangari Maathai

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Wangari Maathai, winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize and founder of the Green Belt Movement, grew up in the highlands of Kenya, where fig trees cloaked the hills, fish filled the streams, and the people tended their bountiful gardens. But over many years, as more and more land was cleared, Kenya was transformed. When Wangari returned home from college in America, she found the village gardens dry, the people malnourished, and the trees gone. How could she alone bring back the trees and restore the gardens and the people?Bill McKibben, author of "The End of Nature," says: "Wangari Maathai's epic story has never been told better everyone who reads this book will want to plant a tree!"With glowing watercolor illustrations and lyrical prose, Claire Nivola tells the remarkable story of one woman's effort to change the fate of her land by teaching many to care for it. An author's note provides further information about Wangari Maathai and the Green Belt Movement. In keeping with the theme of the story, the book is printed on recycled paper."show more

Product details

  • 6-8
  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 228.6 x 279.4 x 12.7mm | 439.98g
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 2. Aufl.
  • colour illustrations
  • 0374399182
  • 9780374399184
  • 92,595

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"As an illustrator, Nivola . . . creates absorbing, telltale images--sweeping views of the countryside with miniature human figures, in the manner of folk paintings . . . .The whole is as much a pleasure as an inspiration." --"The Horn Book" "Simultaneously childlike and sophisticated...The idea of restoring ruined land to its original beauty will fill readers of all ages with hope." --Starred, "Publishers Weekly" "Beautiful . . . The story of how each human and tree can make a difference will inspire young people, who will want to linger over the wide, double-page landscapes." --Starred, "Booklist""" "The delicately detailed illustrations suit the equally low-key writing style...This tale of civic responsibility, personal initiative, and conservation of natural resources is a timely one." --Starred," School Library Journal""" "Possesses a detailed, naive charm that beautifully explicates Maathai's social progress as she instructs women, schoolchildren and even prison inmates in the benefits of planting and nurturing trees...This impressive effort will resonate with children."" --Kirkus Reviews"show more

About Claire A Nivola

CLAIRE A. NIVOLA has written and/or illustrated several books, including "The Mouse of Amherst," written by Elizabeth Spires, a "Publishers Weekly" Best Book of the Year. She lives in Newton Highlands, more
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