In honor of Earth Day I reviewed Seeds of Change, by Jen Cullerton Johnson. This book is already much decorated, having garnered the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent in Illustration, and a place on the American Library Association’s Amelia Bloomer List for children’s feminist literature, among other awards.
Seeds of Change, Jen Cullerton Johnson
Johnson’s Seeds of Change traces the story of Wangari Maathai, the first African woman and environmentalist to win the Nobel Peace Prize, which she won in 2004.
As a young girl, Wangari grew up in rural Kenya where she learned a deep appreciation and respect for the natural environment. The great mugumo trees earned a special place in her heart: they provided a home for monkeys, birds, and geckos; tasty fruit for humans and elephants; and a shady resting place for Wangari’s Kikuyu ancestors. Continue reading