Planting the Trees of Kenya
by Claire A. Nivola

Price at time of review: $16.95
32 pp.
Macmillan Publishing Co.
New York, NY
ISBN: 0374399182

Grade Level: K-4

Reviewed by CBC Reviewer

This true story describes the life and work of Wangari Maathai, the first woman Ph.D. in East Africa. Her story is a valuable model of environmental stewardship and community leadership.

Maathai earned her first two degrees in the United States, then returned to her native Kenya to lead an effort at reforestation. The work she did not only restored habitat but provided key elements for survival, making the lives of the woman who worked with her far more tolerable.

The book powerfully illustrates personal and social aspects of science. Watercolor illustrations accompany thought-provoking text. This story of ecology and personal empowerment will inspire middle and secondary readers. Another book on this topic for younger readers, Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa, shares the honor of being placed on NSTA/CBC's list of Outstanding Science Trade Books for 2009.

Review posted on 2/17/2009

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