As a young girl in Kenya, Wangari was taught to respect nature. She grew up loving the land, plants, and animals that surrounded herfrom the giant mugumo trees her people, the Kikuyu, revered to the tiny tadpoles that swam in the river. Although most Kenyan girls were not educated, Wangari, curious and hardworking, was allowed to go to school. There, her mind sprouted like a seed. She excelled at science and went on to study in the United States. After returning home, Wangari blazed a trail across Kenya, using her knowledge and compassion to promote the rights of her countrywomen and to help save the land, one tree at a time.
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WOMEN'S RIGHTS ACTIVIST & ENVIRONMENTALIST Seeds of Change: Planting the Path to Peace by Jen Cullerton Seeds of Change is not only a biography of the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Wangari Maathai, but it is a Coretta Scott King Award winner. This book is straight to the point, not wasting a word, but emits a huge encouraging message on how it is the little things that people can do to create a huge change. Wangari was a young girl who grew up in Kenya, Africa who was actually allowed to go to school. As a young child she was taught a respect for nature and excelled greatly in her science classes. After studying in the U.S., she returned back to her native land and used her knowledge to teach women and children how to plant trees. She advocated for the women in her country as well as encouraging environmental awareness for her people. In this vivid children's picture book, it teaches children that even a small thing like a seed can make a huge change. One must remain diligent and help educate others. I would definitely recommend this book as a read along. It would be exceptionally fun to read during Black History month.