DESCRIPTION: A young Kenyan girl learns respect for nature working with her family on their small farm and grows up to lead an environmental movement that empowers women and transforms a nation.
WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: Wangari Matthai never imagined as a child what she would grow up to do to the benefit of her country. Not only did she restore the green landscape but in the process taught women how to seize opportunities to better their condition and brighten the future for their children. Jeannette Winters portrays the Kenyan landscape in brilliant color and tells Wangari’s story with a power that grabs the reader by the heart. The courage required to take a stand, the costs one must pay and the benefits that await are realistically and earnestly portrayed. The miracle of perseverance shines through in this living testimony of how one simple step can change the world.
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