About The Book:
About The Author:
One woman. One seed.
One hope for the future.
Thayu nyumba -- Peace, my people.
Wangari grew up in the shadow of Mount Kenya listening to the stories about the people and land around her. Though the trees towered over her, she had loved them for as long as she could remember. So strong, so beautiful, how the trees made her smile.
Wangari planted trees one by one to refresh her spirit. When the women came to her for help with their families, she told them to do the same. Soon the countryside was filled with trees. Kenya was strong once more. Wangari had changed her country, tree by tree.
Donna Jo Napoli is the acclaimed and award-winning author of many novels -- both fantasies and contemporary stories. She won the Golden Kite Award for Stones in Water in 1997. Her novel Zel was named an American Bookseller Association Pick of the List, a Publishers Weekly Best Book, a BCCB Blue Ribbon, and a School Library Journal Best Book, and a number of her other novels have been selected as ALA Best Books. She is the head of the linguistics department at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, where she lives with her husband and their children.
About The Illustrator:
Kadir Nelson is the widely acclaimed illustrator of many books for children, including Thunder Rose, written by Jerdine Nolen, which received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award; Ellington Was Not a Street, written by Ntozake Shange, which received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award; and Hewitt Anderson's Great Big Life, written by Jerdine Nolen, which won the 2005 Society of Illustrators Gold Medal. He is also the illustrator of Deloris Jordan and Roslyn M. Jordan's Salt in His Shoes and Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee's Please, Baby, Please and Please, Puppy, Please. Mr. Nelson lives with his family in San Diego, California.
This book is absolutely wonderful! It is the story of Wangrai and how she help to stop deforestation in Kenya. The book is designed for children ages 4-8. So you know that all of this woman's accompliments are expressed in an easy to read and understand format!
Nelson's stunning illustrations, done with oil paints and printed fabrics on gessoed board, bring to life the culture of Africa. The book contains a wonderful glossary in the back that define all the Kikuyu words seen in Mama Miti. It also gives a short biography of Wangari Muta Maathai, who was the first African woman to with the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. She has founded The Green Belt Movement, a national grassroots organization to combat deforestation of Kenya! There is also information from the author about Maathai's life and work, with several website links.
My daughter loves this book. She thinks the pictures are beautiful, and though only three years old, through this book I have been able to begin teaching her the importance of looking after the earth around her. As well, it is a fabulous resource for teaching young children about the culture of Africa, and I believe would be wonderful for homeschoolers, and preschool and early elementary teachers to use during Black History month, or any time!
In honor of this publication Simon and Schuster has made a donation to the Green Belt Movement to plant trees in Kenya. For information on the Greenbelt Movement visit Green Belt Movement.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
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