Mama Miti

A biography that reads like a legend, Mama Miti is a superb literature choice to study Kenya, wisdom and environmental renewal. Wangari Muta Maathai, a.k.a. Mama Miti, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004, a first for an African woman. One of her main endeavors was beginning the Green Belt Movement which combats deforestation in part by encouraging Kenyan citizens to plant trees for peace. Donna Jo Napoli‘s prose captures the essence of this strong woman.

Resplendent with textured fabrics and colourful oil paints, Kadir Nelson brings forward the spirit of Mama Miti and Kenya.

The back matter includes notes from the author and illustrator, a glossary and additional facts. Don’t miss this one!


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Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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