I have looked up this book so many times in the past few days, it has pushed into a spot on my favorites bar. This book, Mama Miti: Wangari Mathaai and The Trees of Kenya is just so captivating. You would think the wonderful illustrations by Kadir Nelson, and the poetic prose of by Donna Jo Napoli would be the most appealing aspects of the novel, but the reality of Wangari Mathaai’s humanitarian efforts is the driving force of the story.
Wangari Mathaai is so inspiring. She could have finished her studies, and created a life for herself in the United States, but she didn’t. She returned home to Kenya and made a difference. Her people were suffering from the effects of deforestation. She planted seeds, and created the Greenbelt Movement. Her humble beginnings led to the profound difference she made locally in her community, and globally as an Environmental Activist. She was the first African Woman to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.
Implicit and explicit messages from the story can resonate with people of all ages. My words provide mere insight into the art of this book – You HAVE to read it.