Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya by Donna Jo Napoli
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I [sort of] see how this book is important, but...
Many people visit the lady who comes to be known as Mama Miti; they visit her for help and advice. However, her advice is always the same: to grow Maathai trees. Well, taken literally, the starving family is still going to starve if they plant a Maathai tree--won't it take years to grow and bear fruit? And the family who needs shelter will still need shelter if they plant a Maathai tree--won't it take years to grow enough to take branches from to build a home?
Because this is just so outrageous to me, all symbolism is lost and becomes meaningless. The pictures are nice, though.
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