Grade 2–4—This entry on Wangari Maathai takes a slightly more comprehensive look at her life than several other recent books. Her deep love of nature and her determination, first to get an education and later to save the environment and ultimately the people of Kenya, are discussed. Foreign business interests and the duplicity of "corrupt police" forced her first into prison, then politics, and ultimately into spreading her message to the wider world. The book closes as she received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. An afterword adds more detail on the Green Belt Movement. Vivid colors sparkle from within the thick white outlines in the batik-style illustrations that fill the pages.—Carol S. Surges, McKinley Elementary School, Wauwatosa, WI
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Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai has become a popular subject for the elementary-school crowd: this title marks the fourth picture-book biography about the Kenyan environmentalist to be released in the last two years. More than the previous offerings, Johnson's title discusses Maathai's education, particularly the role that her brother played in advocating that his sister attend school, and later, at college in the U.S., the inspiration Maathai found in her female science professors: “From them she learned that a woman could do anything she wanted to.” Throughout the poetic text, Johnson includes direct quotes, sourced in appended notes, which will help young people feel a more immediate connection to the inspiring activist and her powerful message. Sadler's bright mixed-media art, reminiscent of Ashley Bryan's work with its white outlines and rainbow-hued shapes, reinforces the sense of a depleted land growing green again and the presence, even in bustling city scenes, of a vibrant natural world. An author's note and resources conclude this title, which complements, rather than duplicates, other recent titles about Maathai. Grades 2-4. --Gillian EngbergSee all Editorial Reviews
Beautifully illustrated, beautifully told biography of Wangari. My eco-conscious, story-loving, feisty little girls love this book and its message of courage and hope and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by D. P.
This book gives the reader an account of how Wangari made a difference in her community by being a "seed of change"! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sandy Chambers
This captivating story of Wangari and her lifelong endeavor to make a positive impact on the environment and women's role in science is one you will remember long after you put the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Pen
This is an amazing, selfless story about Wangari! Over 900 Students and 70 staff members at an elementary school in Raleigh, NC have had the honor of reading this book! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ashley Howey
Outstanding story technique. Captivating. Super art work. A book children will enjoy. Great for adults to read to young children.Published 14 months ago by Gloria Glenn
is a biographical picture book on the life of scientist Wangari Mathai. Children will read about the struggles that Kenyan biologist Wangari Mathai overcame and how she eventually... Read morePublished on November 26, 2012 by Jenna
The book "Seeds of Change" the story of Wangari Maathai a woman from Kenya that helped teach her country the importance of planting trees and women's rights. Read morePublished on May 22, 2011 by manny