Mama Miti

Mama Miti

In 2004 the Nobel Peace Prize was given to Wangari Maathai, a woman from Kenya whose life had created such opportunities and self-sufficiency for so many people in her country. Wangari grew up hearing the stories of her people told over and over again and she learned the power of a tree. Grown, she moved to the city where she lived and worked and planted trees to nourish her own body and soul. Then, one by one women began coming to visit her to tell her of their troubles. Each had a story to tell and each left Wangari with a hand filled with seedlings and hope and the potential of making a difference in their own lives and the lives of others. Wangari sent them away with seedlings to grow fruit trees to feed themselves and others and with seedlings of trees whose wood could offer firewood so they would not have go searching far and wide. She taught them to plant fig trees near their streams so the roots could filter the flowing water and make it safe to drink. Wangari shared her wisdom of the trees with woman after woman who in turn shared her advice with others. In time, Kenya once again became a land of trees and peace and prosperity. Her advice to one and all: Plant a tree. Brought to life in the vivid and striking collages of Kadir Nelson, this book resonates with dignity, hope, wisdom and the strength we find in sharing with one another. Ages 5-9 40 pages

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