Friday, June 20, 2008
Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai by Claire Nivola
Wangari Maathai grew up on a farm in central Kenya and went on to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. As a young woman she left Kenya to attend college in the United States. Upon her return, she discovered that her beloved land had been decimated and that many families, who once grew their own food on family farms, now labored on large plantations, forcing them to purchase expensive store-bought food. Lack of nutrition had left many of the people weak and susceptible to illnesses. Starting with the women, Wangari began to encourage the people to replant the land – particularly the trees. One seed at a time, this picture book biography celebrates the ability of one person to ignite a spark that will make a significant difference in thousands of lives.