Seeds of Change: Planting a Path to Peace


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$19.95  $18.55
Lee & Low Books
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9.2 X 10.1 X 0.4 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Jen Cullerton Johnson is a writer, an educator, and an environmentalist with master's degrees in nonfiction writing and curriculum development. She teaches at both the elementary and college levels in Chicago, where she also conducts writing workshops. Johnson can be found online at

Sonia Sadler was an illustrator and a fine artist who focused on depicting the cultures, lives, and stories of peoples of African descent. Her book, Seeds of Change, earned her a Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent. Her unique style drew inspiration from quilts and employed a variety of techniques and mediums--from watercolor to scratchboard. She passed away in September 2013.


* "This debut picture biography, idealized and inspiring, draws on Wangari Maathai's autobiographical writing to present an overview of the activist's life from childhood to the present... Maathai always wears a colorful headscarf or fabric bow, and the community spirit she resuscitates is joyfully celebrated on every spread. Vibrant and accomplished." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

[A] more thorough investigation of Maathai's life... Throughout the book runs the image of the Kikuyu people's sacred mugumo tree as the source of Maathai's tree-planting project, an idea "as small as a seed but as tall as a tree that reaches for the sky." -- Publishers Weekly

"This entry on Wangari Maathai takes a slightly more comprehensive look at her life than several other recent books... Vivid colors sparkle from within the thick white outlines in the batik-style illustrations that fill the pages." -- School Library Journal

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent in Illustrations, EMIERT/ALA
Notable Books for a Global Society, International Literacy Association (ILA)
Amelia Bloomer Project - Feminist Task Force, American Library Association (ALA)
Green Earth Book Award Honor Book, The Nature Generation
Notable Children's Book, Smithsonian

Indiana Young Hoosier Book Award List, Indiana Library Federation