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Wangari's Tree of Peace: A True Story from Africa Paperback – 1 Oct 2018
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"The tightly focused text moves quickly without sacrificing impact . . . Winter's images appear in framed, same-size squares on each page, creating a flat, frieze-like effect that pays off as Wangari's movement grows and the activities within each frame multiply--a powerful demonstration of Wangari's work."--Publishers Weekly, starred review "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 "The compact story does offer a way into one of our less-limned Nobel Prize winners, and with adults to fill the gaps in, this could be an appealing introcduction."--The Bulletin "The ethics and outcome of the tale are not forced on the reader. Rather, it is told very gently--like any good story--and is brightly illustrated."--The Georgia Straight "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 Smithsonian Magazine, Best Books of the Year 2008
About the Author
JEANETTE WINTER has written and illustrated many children’s books based on true-life stories, including the highly acclaimed MAMA, The Librarian of Basra, and My Name Is Georgia. She lives in New York City.
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All children should know her story
18 October 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
2 people found this helpful.
Great introduction to the work of Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai who was awarded the peace prize "for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace" (nobelprize.org). It is wekk written and illustrated and is just right for older pk - 2nd grade (or older). I have used this book to teach about taking care of the earth and right action. Students in my Human Values class brought up issues of gender inequality, non-violence (there is a page where it mentions how she was beaten and jailed), and injustice. There seems to be a great book about this amazing women for every age group, so if this one seems to young or lacking depth, try Planting the Trees of Kenya, Mama Miti, or Seeds of change,
A Great Story....A Great Heroine!
28 August 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
This was a summer reading assignment for my 8 year old son and I was delighted to hear about this incredible woman. The illustrations were very vibrant and kid friendly (it kept his attention, yeah!). After reading this with him I immediately Googled Wangari ad was amazed to hear her efforts to plant trees in her country and how difficult a journey it was, but how with perservance and faith her campaign grew from her little village for the world to learn just how incredible a leader she become.
Beautiful, true story of a powerful woman who should ...
13 May 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
Beautiful, true story of a powerful woman who should be a role model for us all. It teaches a powerful lesson about the importance of protecting our environment, standing up for what you believe in the face of adversity, and creating a community that works together to make the world a better place. There are so few children's books set in African countries, and what's great about this one is that is tells the story of the brilliance and bravery of a Kenyan woman who helped her own country. It's a story of Kenyan resilience, strength, brilliance, and independence and presents a Kenya that seeks change from within rather than relying on the typical trope of stories set in Africa that represent Westerners as heroes and Africans as helpless. Every child should read this book.
27 December 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
I love the story and the illustrations make this book on of my favorites. I love using this book to teach biographies, primary/secondary sources, finding additional information via multiple sources, and time lines. This is a great buy.
This book is just perfect to teach young children about community building
9 April 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
This book is just perfect to teach young children about community building. It also teaches them to stand up for what's right. Also, a great book to talk about people that live in other parts of the world.
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