Created: 9th January, 2017

Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya

Author: Donna Jo Napoli
Illustrator: Kadir Nelson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

This picture book describes the life of Wangari Maathai, who was the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize for her work in encouraging the planting of forests in Kenya and creating the Green Belt movement, contributing to sustainable development and democracy. Wangari Maathai’s life story has inspired several authors and illustrators and the way they portray it varies in approach and emphasis. Donna Jo Napoli brings out the healing and useful properties of different kinds of trees, incorporating their Kikuyu names.

See also:

Wangari’s Trees of Peace by Jeanette Winter (9780152065454), Harcourt, USA £11.99

Planting the Trees of Kenya by Claire A. Nivola (9780374399184), Farrar, Straus and Giroux, USA £13.95

Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees by Franck Prévot, illustrated by Aurélia Fronty, translated from French by Dominique Clément (9781580896276), Charlesbridge, USA £6.99

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