Mama Miti by Donna Jo Napoli & Kadir Nelson
Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya

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Through artful prose and beautiful illustrations, Donna Jo Napoli and Kadir Nelson tell the true story of Wangari Muta Maathai, known as “Mama Miti,” who in 1977 founded the Green Belt Movement, an African grassroots organization that has empowered many people to mobilize and combat deforestation, soil erosion, and environmental degradation. Today more than 30 million trees have been planted throughout Mama Miti’s native Kenya, and in 2004 she became the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Wangari Muta Maathai has changed Kenya tree by tree—and with each page turned, children will realize their own ability to positively impact the future.

About Donna Jo Napoli & Kadir Nelson

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Donna Jo Napoli is the award-winning author of many distinguished books for young readers, among them The King of Mulberry Street and Daughter of Venice. She lives with her family in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, where she is a professor of linguistics at Swarthmore College
Published May 8, 2012 by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books. 40 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Napoli adopts a folkloric narrative technique to showcase the life work of Wangari Maathai, whose seminal role in Kenya’s reforestation earned her the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004.

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While Nobel Medalist Wangari Maathai has been the subject of two earlier picture biographies (Jeanette Winter's Wangari's Trees of Peace and Claire Nivola's Planting the Trees of Kenya ), this story is structured more like a folktale, portraying Maathai as healer and botanist.

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The Washington Post

Although these richly hued illustrations don't resemble those in Nelson's monumental "We Are the Ship" (2008), about Negro League baseball players, "Mama Miti" (which means "the mother of trees") makes vibrantly clear how strong and resourceful Maathai and other African women have been in restori...

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Chicago Tribune

There have been other children's books on the life of 2004 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Wangari Maathai, and it's a testament particularly to the power of Kadir Nelson's images that this book so compellingly draws us into the story of one person.

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