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a derelict lot in Milwaukee and
began to transform it into an urban
farm. Digitally enhanced artwork
depicts Allen’s efforts at community
The Good Garden: How One
Family Went from Hunger to Having
Enough. By Katie Smith Milway.
Illus. by Sylvie Daigneault. 2010.
Kids Can, $18.95 (9781554534883).
María Luz’s family owns a
small plot of land in the hills of
Honduras, but they can’t raise a
profitable farm, until a new teacher
arrives and shows the village how
to make compost for the soil and
terraces to prevent erosion. Based on
a real Honduran family, the story is
followed by a profile of Don Elías,
who taught sustainable farming and
ways to improve food security locally and globally.
The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees
to Feed Families. By Susan L. Roth
and Cindy Trumbore. Illus. by Susan
L. Roth. 2011. Lee & Low, $19.95
(9781600604591). Gr. 3–7.
Dual narration (one in simple,
cumulative text and the other in more
detailed prose) recounts how Japanese
American Gordon Sato realized a way
to grow mangrove trees along the shore
of Eritrea in Africa. Accompanied by
textured collages, the book explains
how this innovation provides nutrients
to animals and resources for impoverished villages. Back matter expands on
One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and
the Recycling Women of the Gambia.
By Miranda Paul. Illus. by Elizabeth
Zunon. 2015. Lerner/Millbrook,
$19.99 (9781467716086). K–Gr. 3.
Patterned mixed-media artwork il-
lustrates this picture book about Isatou
Ceesay, who improved
the beauty and econo-
my of her Njau village
in Gambia. After
noticing a proliferation
of plastic bags littering
the roads and harming
the goats, she enlisted
other women to help
her crochet purses out
of the plastic bags and
sell them. An author’s
note provides more in-
formation on Ceesay’s
Rad American Women A–Z: Rebels,
Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who
Shaped Our History . . . and Our
Future! By Kate Schatz. Illus. by
Miriam Klein Stahl. 2015. City Lights,
$14.95 (9780872866836). Gr. 5–9.
From Billie Jean King to Temple
Grandin, this alphabetical book presents catchy profiles of 25 women activists and groundbreakers in American
history. The letter X is dedicated to
women whose voices and histories
were never recorded. Illustrated with
stylized prints on vibrant backgrounds,
it also offers 26 ways for readers to
become rad activists.
The Tree Lady: The True Story of
How One Tree-Loving Woman
Changed a City Forever. By H. Joseph
Hopkins. Illus. by Jill McElmurry.
2013. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane,
$16.99 (9781442414020). Gr. 1–3.
Growing up in the 1860s, Katherine
Olivia Sessions wasn’t supposed to get
dirty or study plants and trees. After
being the first woman to graduate
from the University of California with
a degree in science, Katie organized
volunteers to help her turn the once-desert town of San Diego into a haven
of trees and gardens. Fitting illustrations in a folk art–style complete this
Wangari Maathai: The Woman
Who Planted Millions of Trees.
By Franck Prévot. Illus. by Aurélia
Fronty. 2015. Charlesbridge, $17.95
(9781580896269). Gr. 3–5.
Folk art illustrations adorn this
picture-book biography of Wangari
Maathai, who created the Green Belt
Movement in Kenya to bring back the
country’s trees lost to deforestation. It
concludes with photos of the Nobel
Peace Prize winner, a time line, and
more info about Kenya and its forests.
See also Jeanette Winter’s Wangari’s
Trees of Peace (2008) and Jen Cullerton
Johnson’s Seeds of Change (2010).
Angela Leeper is the Director of the
Curriculum Materials Center at the
University of Richmond (VA).
A young girl brightens
up her neighborhood
through art in Maybe
by Isabel F. Campoy
and Theresa Howell,
illustrated by Rafael