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Dr. Wangari Maathai Plants a Forest


By Rebel Girls

Illustrated by Eugenia Mello


From the world of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls comes a historical novel based on the life of Dr. Wangari Maathai, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist and environmentalist from Kenya.

Wangari lives in the lush, green, land of rural Kenya where the soil is perfect for planting, the trees tower into the sky, and the streams are full of mysterious creatures. All day, she plays beneath her favorite fig tree, and at night she gathers around the fire with her family to listen to her mother’s stories.

Then Wangari grows up and goes away to school, and things start changing at home. Farmers chop down the trees. Landslides bury the stream. The soil becomes overworked and dry, and nothing will grow. People go hungry. After all her studies, Dr. Wangari Maathai realizes there is a simple solution to these problems: plant a forest full of trees.

Dr. Wangari Maathai Plants a Forest is the story of environmentalist and activist Dr. Wangari Maathai, who became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. It's also a story about the importance of making your voice heard, and using that voice to protect the natural world.

This historical fiction chapter book includes additional text on Dr. Wangari Maathai’s lasting legacy, as well as educational activities designed to encourage caring for the planet and believing in the power of one.

About the Rebel Girls Chapter Book Series
Meet extraordinary real-life heroines in the Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls chapter book series! Introducing stories based on the lives of extraordinary women in global history, each stunningly designed chapter book features beautiful illustrations from a female artist as well as bonus activities in the backmatter to encourage kids to explore the various fields in which each of these women thrived. The perfect gift to inspire any young reader!


Rebel Girls is the preeminent edutainment company that empowers girls to pursue their dreams without limits. Rebel Girls products inspire children to dream bigger and realize their fullest potential, by introducing them to extraordinary women throughout history. Stories are brought to life through book publishing, podcasts, toys, and digital media. The Rebel Girls community spans over 85 countries, with 5.5M books sold in 49 languages and 7M podcast downloads.


Full-color Illustrations
Featuring full-color illustrations by artist Eugenia Mello, which depict Dr. Wangari Maathai at all ages, the Kenyan landscape, and Dr. Maathai’s role as founder and leader of The Green Belt Movement.

Bonus Content
This book includes exercises and challenges to encourage young readers to start thinking about their own legacies. These activities were developed in partnership with Wanjira Maathai, Dr. Maathai’s daughter and chair of The Green Belt Movement, to explore farming, sustainability, and emotional intelligence.

Dr. Wangari Maathai is a historic and inspirational example of triumph. Her story demonstrates how one small act, such as planting a tree, can have a large impact on the natural environment and local community.


More books in the A Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls Chapter Book Series.


ISBN: 9781733329217
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 128
Age Recommended : 6-9

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