Wangari's Trees of Peace

A True Sroty from Africa

Book Information

Author: Jeanette Winter
Illustrator: Jeanette Winter
Genre: Non-Fiction
Theme: One persons passion, vision, and determination can inspire great change.
Awards: None
Winter, J. (2008). Wangari's Trees of Peace. Orlando, Florida: Harcourt, INC.


As a young girl in Kenya, Wangari is surrounded by trees. But when she gets older, she sees the trees being cut down . Wangari is afraid that soon all the forests will be destroyed. So she decides to plant nine seedlings. and as they grow, so do her plans...

Illustrations From the Book

The illustrations from the book were done in acrylic on Arches watercolor paper. The illustrator shows through the illustrations the emotion Wangari feels when she sees the deforestation of her homeland.

Author and Illustrator

Jeanette Winter

Jeanette Winter lives in New York City, where she has written and illustrated many books for children based on true-life stories, including the highly acclaimed MAMA, The Librarian of Basra, and My Name is Georgia.
For more information visit the full biography linked below.

Other books by Jeanette Winter

Wangari Maathai

Criteria for High Quality Muliticultural Literature

Characters authentically reflect the distinct cultural experiences of a specific cultural group. This book shows the cultural experiences of the character Wangari. It is authenticated by being the true story behind Wangari Maathai's struggle to keep trees in her homeland. It follows the course of her life breifly from childhood to adulthood as well. It not only portrays Wangari accurately but also the women who she got to pursue and support her cause.
Setting is representative of and consistent wit historical situation of a particular culture. This book simply represents the Pan African Green Belt Network that Wangari Maathai presented in her district. It was a tree planting initiative on 1986. The Green Belt Movement was seen throughout the Africa but it shows how the situation was similar for other African cultures as well.
Illustration reflect accurate cultural settings. The illustrations in the book are simple because they are geared for younger grade levels, but they do portray accurate details. One detail is the mountain that Wangari lives near, Mount Kenya. Even the birds that are portrayed in the illustrations are accurate. They are the Masked Weaver, a bird commonly sighted in Kenya.

Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story From Africa Lesson Idea

Grade Level: Kindergarten

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.7 With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).

Objective: students will be able to identify what part of the story and illustration is portraying

Lesson Procedure:

  • Start the lesson out by showing the students pictures and asking them what they think is happening in the pictures. Explain to them that pictures can help you understand what is happening in a story. Tell them that in books Illustrators work together with Authors to help make more clear.
  • Next introduce the book, to the students and explain to them that they need to really focus on the story and how the details in the illustration support the text. Read the book to the students. Use prompting questions to help students how the illustrations relate to the story and what moment in the story.
  • After reading the story talk about some of the major events in the book and what the illustrations portrayed. Explain to the students that they are going to be illustrators today. Give them a paper and read a sentence from the story. Have the students depict that moment in their own illustrations.


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