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Seeds of Change: Planting a Path to Peace

Seeds of Change: Planting a Path to Peace

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Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent in Illustrations, EMIERT/ALA
Notable Books for a Global Society, International Reading Association (IRA)
Amelia Bloomer Project - Feminist Task Force, American Library Association (ALA)
Green Earth Book Award Honor Book, The Nature Generation
Indiana Young Hoosier Book Award List, Indiana Library Federation
Notable Children's Book, Smithsonian

A picture book biography of scientist Wangari Maathai, the first African woman--and first environmentalist--to win a Nobel Peace Prize (in 2004) for her work planting trees in her native Kenya.

As a young girl in Kenya, Wangari was taught to respect nature. She grew up loving the land, plants, and animals that surrounded her-from 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.

Seeds of Change: Planting a Path to Peace brings to life the empowering story of Wangari Maathai, the first African woman, and environmentalist, to win a Nobel Peace Prize. Engaging narrative and vibrant images paint a robust portrait of this inspiring champion of the land and of women's rights.

Author: Jen Cullerton Johnson
Publisher: Lee & Low Books
Published: 04/01/2010
Pages: 32
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.00lbs
Size: 10.10h x 9.20w x 0.40d
ISBN: 9781600603679
Audience: Ages 9-12

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 4.8
Point Value: 0.5
Interest Level: Lower Grade
Quiz #/Name: 137343 / Seeds of Change: Planting a Path to Peace

Award: Young Hoosier Book Award - Nominee
Award: Delaware Diamonds Award - Nominee
Award: Coretta Scott King Award - Winner

Review Citation(s):
School Library Journal 04/01/2010 pg. 146
Publishers Weekly 04/12/2010 pg. 49
Kirkus Review - Children 04/15/2010
Booklist 06/01/2010 pg. 98
Multicultural Review 12/01/2010 pg. 73
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2010 pg. 441 - Below Average, With Minor Flaw
Foreword 06/16/2010

About the Author
JEN CULLERTON JOHNSON is a writer, an educator, and an environmentalist with master's degrees in nonfiction writing and curriculum development. She teaches at both the elementary and college levels in Chicago, where she also conducts writing workshops. Johnson can be found online at SONIA SADLER was an illustrator and a fine artist who focused on depicting the cultures, lives, and stories of peoples of African descent. Her book, Seeds of Change, earned her a Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent. Her unique style drew inspiration from quilts and employed a variety of techniques and mediums--from watercolor to scratchboard. She passed away in September 2013.

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