Tuesday, September 27, 2011

3 Great Picture Books About Wangari Maathai

It saddened my heart to hear of Wangari Maathai’s recent passing.

There is no better example of leaving a legacy.

There is no better example of how the dedicated work of one person toward a vision can change landscapes (both figurative and literal) for future generations.

Through the simple act of planting a tree, Wangari Maathai fought for the environment, the rights of women and peace.

TAKING ROOT: The Vision of Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai address to Earth Day NY in Times Square - April 22, 2010

Three beautiful books that share the work and life of Wangari Maathai:

Wangari's Trees of Peace: a True Story from Africa
by Jeanette Winter

Mama Miti
written by Donna Jo Napoli
Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Seeds of Change 
winner of the 2011 Coretta Scott King John Steptoe Award for New Talent
written by Jen Cullerton Johnson
illustrated by Sonia Lynn Sadler

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