Wangari's Trees of Peace

By Jeanette Winter,

Book cover of Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa

Book description

As a young girl growing up in Kenya, Wangari was surrounded by trees. But years later when she returns home, she is shocked to see whole forests being cut down, and she knows that soon all the trees will be destroyed. So Wangari decides to do something - and starts…

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Wangari is from Kenya and grew up among many trees. When she is older and returns home, she notices that the trees have all been cut down. She decides to replant her own trees which starts a movement with many to reforest the land. She has many obstacles to overcome but, in the end, prevails. This is a story that shows determination in the face of many challenges to make a difference. I, of course, love that it also introduces children to a very different and very beautiful part of the world. This is another story that can connect us…

There are many beautiful picture books about environmentalist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement in Kenya, but this one expresses so simply and clearly the connection between the health of the land and of the community that depends on it. 

After years away, Wangari Maathai came home to Kenya and was shocked to find barren ground where there had once been trees and crops. Although she was overwhelmed by the loss, she refused to give in to despair. Wangari planted nine seedlings and convinced other women to do the same. My favourite part…

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