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Wangari's Trees of Peace : a true story from Africa
Winter, Jeanette; Wangari's Trees of Peace : a true story from Africa. Orlando, FL: Harcourt Children's Books, 2008. $17.00, ISBN 9780152065454 / 0152065458.

Note: This true story of Wangari Maathai, environmentalist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is a shining example of how one woman's passion, vision, and determination inspired great change.


This picture book covers the salient facts of Wangari Maathai's life, including the beatings and imprisonment that Maathai had to endure to address ecological imbalances in Kenya. Author/illustrator Jeanett Winter's simple narrative makes Maathai's story accessible even to preschoolers. However, her illustrations are not as detailed or as authentic as those of Clair Nivola's in Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai . Also Winter's depiction of Kenyan women makes them appear more like beasts of burden than environmental activists. Additionally, she downplays the country of Kenya with her subtitle, A True Story from Africa. Recommended, especially if coupled with Nivola's book. Copyright 2009 Africa Access

Rating: R Grade: P / E Type: Book

Reviewed by: Africa Access / CABA Committee

Subject: Wangari Maathai / Green Belt Movement / Kenya / East Africa