Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai

Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai

by Claire A. Nivola

Hardcover(First Edition)

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374399184
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 04/01/2008
Series: Frances Foster Bks.
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 138,635
Product dimensions: 10.80(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: AD870L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

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, Massachusetts.

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Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
JRlibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This would be a great picture book to use with a study of individuals who made a difference. Could be used in a character education program or during Earth Day or in an environmental study. Wangari Maathai won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004,
NataliaLucia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Personal Response: This story is so inspiring. I had never heard of Wangari Maathai before or the Green Belt movement before reading it. After reading this book, I want to do more for the environment in Tucson. I plan to plant a tree in my yard next spring. I really loved this story.Curricular Connection: Second, Third, and Fourth Graders could read this book in connection with a unit on the environment. Students could plant seeds in small cups in their classroom, and take them home when they are larger. Students could also discuss what they can do here in Tucson. For example, Tucson has many non-native plants that are killing off native plants, such as the Buffel grass in Sabino Canyon.
nieva21 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As an environmentalist and someone who makes every attempt to leave the land as I found it I felt this is a necessary read for all. It shows us how government can exploit the land for selfish and procured. This book promotes good environmental protection and awareness about conserving natural resources.
karinaw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Personal Response:I did not know who Wangari Maathai and it took a while to figure out why she was an important person. However, this is a good story that teaches that we can make a difference. I like that it teaches the importance of taking care of our land.Curricular/Programming Connections:Kenya- changes in society and practicesAgriculture- importance of taking care of the land and not depleting resources.
litlb00k on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the beautiful story of one woman - Wangari Maathai - who was determined to save her home land of Kenya by teaching the people to respect the land and replace the trees they cut down. Wonderful!
jenunes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Planting the Trees of Kenya is an interesting true story about Wangari Maathai, an activist who started the Green Belt Movement in Africa. A good book for middle school crowds, this story would lead to many discussions about deforestation, the Nobel Peace Prize, Africa, Activists, World-Wide Movements, and many more.
Michelle_Bales on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wangari Maathai loved her native Kenya. She also loved biology and the natural world. She left Kenya to go to college in the U.S. When she returned, the land she remembered for its natural beauty had been stripped of its "dress of green." Rather than wait for the government or someone else to do something, she took matters into her own hands. This is the story of what she did and how she did it. This is a story of one person affecting sweeping change and helping the land and people she loved. This book is illustrated beautifully.
zeebreez on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nivola, Claire A. Planting the Trees of Kenya. New York: Fraces Foster Book, 2008. This is a interesting story about Wangari Maathai. She was born in Kenya and became a woman who fought to keep Kenya beautiful. She realized that the land was becoming barren and unfirtle for crops because there were not enough trees to keep the topsoil. So she began a movement to plant trees across Kenya. It took 30 years to see the fruit of her labor but soon the whole country was covered with trees and this improved the lives of the Kenyans. This story teaches how one simple act can make a big difference in our world.This books also has very nice illustrations. It would be a good book to use to tie in with an Africa Unit. Age group: 8- 12 years.
Kathdavis54 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wangari Maathai went off to college only to come home to Kenya to notice her people in terrible trouble. They were poor and the overall economy was struggling. Somehow, she finds a way to help her people. Students will be intrigued by this story. How can trees help anyone? How did one person start this whole movement? The story will inspire and teach readers of all ages. It will definitely lead to discussions on the economy, community, and life.
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