Wangari Maathai | Little Lit Book Series

Wangari Maathai learned from her mother early in life that "a tree is worth more than its wood" and it stuck with her.  After witnessing deforestation and its ill effects on the people, animals and land of her native Kenya, Wangari set out on an initiative called the Green Belt Movement with the purpose of replanting hundreds of thousands of trees.  Through opposition and adversity, her voice remained clear, confident and strong.  Her efforts extended further beyond the Green Belt Movement—she played a part in bringing about democracy and constitutional change and was eventually appointed assistant minister of the environment, natural resources and wildlife.  So far, she and her supporters have planted over thirty million trees with new ones still being planted every day.  Wangari was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her work that brought so much hope to others.
Wangari Maathai was written by Franck Prévot, illustrated by Aurélia Fronty and published by Charlesbridge.