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

Wangari's Trees of Peace A True Story from Africa

Written by Jeanette Winter
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Synopsis

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

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 by planting nine seedlings in her own backyard. And as they grow, so do her plans...

Reviews

Wangari Maathai, the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner whose Green Belt Movement has planted 30 million trees in Kenya, is the subject of Winter's (The Librarian of Basra) eloquent picture biography. . . . Winter's images appear in framed, same-size squares on each page, creating a flat, frieze-like effect that pays off as Wangari's movement grows and the activities within each frame multiply-a powerful demonstration of Wangari's work. --Publishers Weekly, starred review (8/11/08) This delightful picture-book biography of the environmentalist has engaging illustrations and accessible, succinct prose. . . . This book would be a superb choice for read-alouds or assignments. --School Library Journal, starred review (11/08) The tightly focused text moves quickly without sacrificing impact . . . Winter's images appear in framed, same-size squares on each page, creating a flat, frieze-like effect that pays off as Wangari's movement grows and the activities within each frame multiply--a powerful demonstration of Wangari's work. --Publishers Weekly, starred review This delightful picture-book biography of the environmentalist has engaging illustrations and accessible, succinct prose. . . . This book would be a superb choice for read-alouds or assignments. --School Library Journal, starred review

The compact story does offer a way into one of our less-limned Nobel Prize winners, and with adults to fill the gaps in, this could be an appealing introcduction. --The Bulletin

The ethics and outcome of the tale are not forced on the reader. Rather, it is told very gently--like any good story--and is brightly illustrated. --The Georgia Straight

Award-winning writer and illustrator Jeanette Winter's clear text and bold paintings (right) make it easy to imagine the story of Maathai and the women of the Green Belt Movement she started. --American Scientist

. . . beautifully illustrated and simply written for young children. --Sacramento Bee

Jeanette Winter's singular illustrative style is recognizable by the organic patterns and lively pastel hues . . . Scenes of crouching women planting tiny saplings . . . and, later, images of lush, bird-filled forests . . . celebrate [Maathai's] powerful vision. --Audubon

About the Author

Jeanette Winter is the acclaimed author/illustrator of many highly regarded picture books, including The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq; Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa; Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan and most recently, Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan.

She lives with her husband, artist Roger Winter, in New York.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
32 pages

Author

Jeanette Winter
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Publisher

Harcourt Children's Books

Publication date

22nd August 2008

ISBN

9780152065454


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