Dr Wangari Maathai Plants a Forest – Book Review
Author: Rebel Girls
Genre: Middle grade children
My rating: ★★★★★
Release Date: Expected 25th February, 2020 by Rebel Girls
Format: Kindle, 128 pages
What did I think?
I requested this middle grade children’s book through Net Galley because I’m already a fan of the great things that Wangari Maathai did for her country, Kenya, and further afield. Her story is such a wonderful success story because she pushed on against greed, danger, sexism, and helped so many people – and animals. What did she do? She showed people how to green the land when the environment was failing.
Maathai began the Green Belt Movement in the late seventies and one of her drivers was that we might only do a small thing but that small thing might encourage others and in that way create something larger. I mean, we all know about this in one form or another and some of us believe it and others think we can’t make a difference so we don’t have to try, or don’t have to change. But fortunately Maathai didn’t let that stop her and she did wonderful things with her organisation, greening the land, turning it back from becoming desert where it could not sustain people (with the poor suffering the most).
This book is a wonderful introduction for young people of what one person who cares, and realises that the responsibility for having an earth that will sustain us is actually on all of us, can do. I think many children, and their parents will enjoy and find inspiration in Maathai’s story.
I think this book would be even better in a hold-in-your-hand version because it appears to have some beautiful illustrations which were cut up onto different pages on the kindle version I read. Beyond that, the kindle version was quite good.
I know this particular story of Wangari Maathai is for kids but there were so many great lessons, even for bigguns like me. Timely lessons, too, given the current environmental crisis and the fact that here in Australia we have a government not only doing so little to help, but at times working to harm. I thoroughly recommend it, whether you have kids or just want a quick, easy primer on something who achieved so much.
Thank you to the publisher and writer, Rebel Girls (woohoo!), and to Net Galley for my copy, given in return for an honest review.
For more info: Goodreads – Or your local Library