Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa
If you want to share an inspiring true story about reforesting Africa with your students (ages 4—7), children, or grandchildren, this is the story! Wangari’s Trees of Peace by Jeanette Winter is the story about Wangari Maathai, who enjoyed the trees in her neighborhood as a child. After attending college in the United States, she returned to Kenya to discover many forests had been cut down for building projects. Fearing her land would become a desert, she began a nationwide planting project with just nine seedlings that she planted in her yard. There are so many reasons to share the story of this woman with your children: how trees can prevent land from turning into a desert, how one person can be responsible for great change, how a woman can effect a change in a “man’s world” just to name a few! (She won the Nobel Peace Prize for her work, by the way.)
Wangari’s Trees of Peace is available in a Kindle or hardcover version from Amazon, hardcover or Nook Book from Barnes and Noble , or hardcover or ebook from HMH Books for Young Readers. Interestingly, there is an audio reading of the text on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jK1NndEf6f0
Winter, Jeanette. Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa. Boston: HMH Books for Young Readers, 2008. Print. ISBN-10: 0152065458, ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780152065454.
NGSS: K-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive. K-ESS2-2. Construct an argument supported by evidence for how plants and animals (including humans) can change the environment to meet their needs. K-ESS3-1. Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants or animals (including humans) and the places they live. K-ESS3-3. Communicate
solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment. 2-LS2-1. Plan and conduct an investigation to determine if plants need sunlight and water to grow.