Mama Miti

Mama Miti

Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya

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"Nelson's pictures, a jaw-dropping union of African textiles collaged with oil paintings, brilliantly capture the villagers' clothing and the greening landscape... This is, in a word, stunning ." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Nelson's ( We Are the Ship ) breathtaking portraits of Maathai often have a beatific quality; bright African textiles represent fields, mountains, and Maathai's beloved trees...Napoli ( The Earth Shook ) creates a vivid portrait of the community from which Maathai's tree-planting mission grows." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A beautiful introduction for children just learning about the Greenbelt Movement." -- School Library Journal

Through artful prose and beautiful illustrations, Donna Jo Napoli and Kadir Nelson tell the true story of Wangari Muta Maathai, known as "Mama Miti," who in 1977 founded the Green Belt Movement, an African grassroots organization that has empowered many people to mobilize and combat deforestation, soil erosion, and environmental degradation. Today more than 30 million trees have been planted throughout Mama Miti's native Kenya, and in 2004 she became the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Wangari Muta Maathai has changed Kenya tree by tree--and with each page turned, children will realize their own ability to positively impact the future.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2010
ISBN: 9781416935056
Branch Call Number: 333.72 MAA NAP
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : ill. ; 31 cm
Additional Contributors: Nelson, Kadir

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ChristchurchKids Mar 24, 2014

Similar in structure and cadence to a folktale, this introduction to environmental activist Wangari Muta Maathai -- winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize -- gives its audience an inkling of Maathai's importance to her Kenyan homeland. In this much-simplified version of her life story, women from all over Kenya come to ask "the wise Wangari" for advice, and Wangari (who founded Kenya's Green Belt Movement) tells them what sorts of trees to plant to solve each particular problem. "Vibrant collage artwork" (Booklist), created using oil paints and printed fabrics, depicts Kenya's people and landscapes with colorful grandeur. For a look at a very different woman who left an equally green legacy, try The Tree Lady by H. Joseph Hopkins.

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