Nomination: Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees

Prevot, Franck. Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees. Illus. by Aurelia Fronty. 2015. 48p. Charlesbridge, $17.95 (978-1-58089-626-9). Gr. 3-5.

Wangari Maathai, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, dedicated her life to restoring Kenya’s land by planting millions of  trees throughout the country. Maathai was the founder and creator of the Green Belt Movement, which was an organization led by women that urged all people of Kenya and its government to care about the environment and plant trees to restore the land after colonial British rule. Although Maathai was met with political and sexist retaliation, she never gave up on the importance of her work or her fellow Kenyans. Maathai created a movement that not only helped save her environment, but empowered women through a common cause.

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