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Seeds of Change : Planting a Path to Peace
by Jen Cullerton Johnson and Sonia Lynn Sadler


Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview
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.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781600603679
  • ISBN-10: 160060367X
  • Publisher: Lee & Low Books
  • Publish Date: June 2010
  • Page Count: 1
  • Reading Level: Ages 6-11
  • Dimensions: 10.1 x 9.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.85 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Biography & Autobiography - Women
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Science & Nature - Environmental Conservation & Protection
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > People & Places - Africa

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 49.
  • Review Date: 2010-04-12
  • Reviewer: Staff

With at least three other picture books out about Nobel Prize–winner Wangari Maathai—Planting the Trees of Kenya (2008), Wangari’s Trees of Peace (2008), and Mama Miti (2010)—another volume about the Kenyan activist might seem to crowd a full shelf. This one, though, provides older children with a more thorough investigation of Maathai’s life. Debut author Johnson includes an account of Maathai’s training for a doctorate in biology and the obstacles she faced, sets her tree-planting initiative in the context of her political career, and identifies her adversaries as “Foreign business people, greedy for more land for their coffee plantations and trees for timber.” The highly stylized figures in Sadler’s (Ma Dear’s Old Green House) scratchboard spreads are outlined in white, lending them a stained-glass feel. Trees, leaves, and water are simplified into elemental shapes, giving the whole the appearance of a tropically colored quilt. Throughout the book runs the image of the Kikuyu people’s sacred mugumo tree as the source of Maathai’s tree-planting project, an idea “as small as a seed but as tall as a tree that reaches for the sky.” Ages 6–11. (May)

 
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