Planting the Trees of Kenya by Claire A. Nivola
Fun picture book about the story of Wangari Maathai, first woman from Africa to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. As a child she remembers her home in Kenya with many farms and villages where people ate the food they grew. She was able to attend college in the US, where she studied biology in hopes to return to Kenya with her new knowledge. In those five years, though, Kenya had changed dramatically. The trees had been cut down for more plantation fields, which led to various problems. Wangari Maathai taught the women to grow trees from seeds. This turned out to be the best thing for the people of Kenya.
I thought the book was really good for younger children to learn about a person out making a difference in her home country. The pictures are colorful.