Monday, September 20, 2010

Seeds of Change

I haven't posted about a children's picture book in a long time, primarily because we just haven't been reading any really good ones. Hypatia has been mainly interested in fairy tales for awhile now, and although I like many of the (vast quantity) of retellings out there, most aren't worth blogging about.

Tonight I read her a book that she hadn't picked: Seeds of Change: Wangari's Gift to the World. It is another telling of the life story of Wangari Maathai: Nobel Peace Prize winner, environmentalist, and groundbreaking woman scientist. Her story is one worth retelling to children over and over, so I appreciate this new book very much. The prose was not amazing, but the illustrations are rich and lovely, and the story itself is well presented. Carbon's verdict was that it was a very nice book. Hypatia was still mad that it wasn't a fairy tale, but she'll remember the message.

And if you are working on a Global Warming message (which I always am), or more specifically if you are thinking about doing some education related to the 10/10/10 Global Work Party Day, this book would go very well with it. Planting trees for 10/10 would be a great project.

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