Donna Jo Napoli offers this inspiring story of Wangari Maathai, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner, in Mama Mita: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya. It’s the story of how one woman changed the landscape of Kenya and the lives of many in the process.
Wangari Maathai was known for listening to the stories of the people around her in the land of Kenya. She grew up admiring the trees and landscapes. They inspired her and made her happy. She began planting trees, one seed at a time. When women would come to her for advice, she would encourage them to plant a tree as well. Over the years, her passion changed the landscape of Kenya and rebuilt its strength. This story will call you to action and show children how little it takes to make a difference. Mama Mita: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya is one of many children’s books geared towards kids ages 9-12. Those are the perfect ages in which to teach kids how they can change the world and inspire others. The story will take children to a completely different world that many of them didn’t know existed. It will teach them about the culture of Kenya and how differently the people live, even in this day and age. It’s an opportunity to shed light on a far off land and to show your children what it takes to make on impact on the lives of others. Donna Jo Napoli is an award-winning author of inspirational tales for children. Her ability to relate to children and tell stories has won her praise and accolades. The intriguing art of award-winning illustrator Kadir Nelson brings the African culture to life. The vibrant colors and
textures of the characters jump from the page and draw the reader in. The pictures will help kids delve into the world of the Kenyans, making the story relatable. Mama Mita: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya is a story for anyone who wants to be inspired. Children and adults alike will benefit from this incredible tale.