Stories about valuing our natural world
illustrated by Jim Madsen
2011 Simon & Schuster
starred review PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY: ...poetic descriptions of the landscape and journey... a refreshing new angle ...
SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL: ...the sights, sounds, and smells of his incredible journey...a beautiful, atmospheric narrative that explores the possibilities of that momentous expedition [Lewis and Clark].
NEW YORK TIMES:
..poetic text and lush artwork tell an evocative story...
MAMA MITI: WANGARI MAATHAI
AND THE TREES OF KENYA
illustrated by Kadir Nelson
2010 Simon & Schuster
winner of the Anne Izard's Storytellers' Choice Award
winner of the Frances and Wesley Bock Book Award
Black-Eyed Susan Book Award list, Maryland Association of School Librarians
Elementary California Readers list for 2013
starred reviews KIRKUS & PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
nominated for the NAACP Image Award
Best Books of the Year list ESSENCE magazine
Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
Amelia Bloomer Project Recommended List
used as the focal point for the Maryland Artist/Teacher Institute, summer 2013
part of the Pearson MyView 2017 K-5 Reading Program
25 Children’s Books to Nourish Curiosity by Food Tank
in Chinese (Chang-Tang Int. Publishing Co., Taichung, Taiwan ISBN 978-986-6347-25-2)
in Japanese (Suzuki, Tokyo ISBN 978-4-7902-5223-8)
to be in Spanish (Pearson)
breathtaking … a vivid portrait of the community from which Maathai's tree-planting mission grows.
From KIRKUS: …. This is, in a word, stunning
To hear the author reading the book, click here.
Above is a photo of children in Cura Orphanage (outside Nairobi) in Kenya, reading MAMA MITI. The orphanage (in 2011) cares for 50 children who have lost their parents to AIDS, providing safety, health, and a new family, full of hope.