Synopses & Reviews
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 tells a story inspired by the life of 2004 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Wangari Maathai that will touch the hearts and spirits of all who read it. Kadir Nelson's stunning collage illustrations honor the spirit of a land and of the woman who saved it.
Through artful prose and beautiful illustrations, Donna Jo Napoli and Kadir Nelson tell the true story of Wangari Muta Maathai, known as and#8220;Mama Miti,and#8221; 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 Mitiand#8217;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 treeand#8212;and with each page turned, children will realize their own ability to positively impact the future.
About the Author
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 andlt;iandgt;Stones in Waterandlt;/iandgt; in 1997. Her novel andlt;iandgt;Zelandlt;/iandgt; was named an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists, a Publishers Weekly Best Book, a Bulletin Blue Ribbon, and a School Library Journal Best Book, and a number of her novels have been selected as ALA Best Books. She isandnbsp;a professor of linguisticsandnbsp;at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, where she lives with her husband. Visit her at DonnaJoNapoli.com.andlt;Bandgt;Kadir Nelsonandlt;/Bandgt; is the widely acclaimed illustrator of many books for children, including andlt;iandgt;Thunder Rose,andlt;/iandgt; written by Jerdine Nolen, which received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award; andlt;iandgt;Ellington Was Not a Street,andlt;/iandgt; written by Ntozake Shange, which received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award; and andlt;iandgt;Hewitt Anderson's Great Big Life,andlt;/iandgt; written by Jerdine Nolen, which won the 2005 Society of Illustrators Gold Medal. He is also the illustrator of Deloris Jordan and Roslyn M. Jordanand#8217;s andlt;iandgt;Salt in His Shoesandlt;/iandgt; and Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee's andlt;iandgt;Please, Baby, Pleaseandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;Please, Puppy, Pleaseandlt;/iandgt;. Kadir Nelson lives with his family in San Diego, California.