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Wangari's Trees of Peace is the inspiring true story of a woman who faced the destruction of her country's natural environment and decided to do something about it herself, and in the process empowered many of her fellow Kenyans to care for their own land.
Wangari faced many obstacles, and her work was slow going at times, but after decades of work, the movement she started has re-planted millions of trees and helped to enrich the environment and people's lives. Her story is definitely a valuable one to introduce children to -- one caveat is that one of the obstacles depicted in this particular book is Wangari being assaulted by a law enforcement officer, which parents/teachers might like to be aware of before reading. Otherwise, the text and illustrations are quite accessible to young children.
Wangari was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her work in sustainable development, human rights, and peace.
Scrounged From: Our local library
Author/Illustrator: Jeanette Winter
Content Advisory: One scene shows Wangari being hit by a law enforcement officer, which may be disturbing for some children.