Seeds of change : planting a path to peace (#29792D5)

by Johnson, Jen Cullerton; illustrated by Sadler, Sonia Lynn

10 reviews & awards | 6 full-text reviews

Hardcover Lee & Low Books, 2010
Price: USD 17.36
Publisher out of stock. This item is scheduled to be available on November 18, 2020.
Description: 40 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Dewey: 333.72; Int Lvl: 3-6; Rd Lvl: 4.8
AR 4.8 LG .5 137343EN; RC 5.4 3; LEX 820L; F&P S


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Includes bibliographical references. Examines the life of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize-winner and environmentalist Wangari Maathai, who made a stand in the face of opposition to women's rights and started an effort to restore Kenya's ecosystem.

From the Publisher
A picture book biography of scientist Wangari Maathai, the first African woman - and first environnmentalist - to win a Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for planting trees in her native Kenya. Detailed narrative and vibrant images paint a robust portrait of this inspiring champion of women's rights and the environment and engagingly capture the people, clothing and landscape of Kenya.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Lee & Low Books
  • Publication Date: April 1, 2013
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Dewey: 333.72
  • Classifications: Biography, Nonfiction
  • Description: 40 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
  • Tracings: Sadler, Sonia Lynn, illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 1-60060-367-X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-60060-367-9
  • LCCN: 2009-043239
  • Follett Number: 29792D5
  • Interest Level: 3-6
  • Reading Level: 4.8
  • ATOS Book Level: 4.8
  • AR Interest Level: LG
  • AR Points: .5
  • AR Quiz: 137343EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 5.4
  • Reading Counts Points: 3
  • Lexile: 820L
  • Fountas & Pinnell: S

Reviews & Awards
  • Book Links, 01/01/11
  • Booklist, 06/15/10
  • Horn Book Magazine, 10/01/10
  • John Steptoe Award - Illustrator, 2011
  • Kirkus Reviews starred, 04/15/10
  • Library Media Connection starred, 11/01/10
  • Multicultural Review, 10/01/10
  • Publishers Weekly, 04/12/10
  • School Library Journal, 04/01/10
  • Wilson's Children, 10/01/10

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (June 1, 2010 (Vol. 106, No. 19))
Grades 2-4. Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai has become a popular subject for the elementary-school crowd: this title marks the fourth picture-book biography about the Kenyan environmentalist to be released in the last two years. More than the previous offerings, Johnson’s title discusses Maathai’s education, particularly the role that her brother played in advocating that his sister attend school, and later, at college in the U.S., the inspiration Maathai found in her female science professors: “From them she learned that a woman could do anything she wanted to.” Throughout the poetic text, Johnson includes direct quotes, sourced in appended notes, which will help young people feel a more immediate connection to the inspiring activist and her powerful message. Sadler’s bright mixed-media art, reminiscent of Ashley Bryan’s work with its white outlines and rainbow-hued shapes, reinforces the sense of a depleted land growing green again and the presence, even in bustling city scenes, of a vibrant natural world. An author’s note and resources conclude this title, which complements, rather than duplicates, other recent titles about Maathai.

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