Pittsburgh writers are celebrating Pittsburgh women.
Pittsburgher Jonah Winter takes us to a party with poet Gertrude Stein.
And Jonah Winter’s mom, Jeanette Winter,* takes us to Kenya to meet Wangari Maathai, an activist with a surprising Pittsburgh connection.
Gertrude Is Gertrude Is Gertrude introduces poet Gertrude Stein, who was born in Allegheny City–today’s Pittsburgh’s North Side. Jonah Winter’s words playfully imitate Gertrude Stein’s own style. His rhymes,. rhythms, and soothing repetitions help us get to know Gertrude Stein by showing us how she wrote.
Wangari’s Trees of Peace is the true story of Wangari Maathai. In 2004, Wangari received the Nobel Peace Prize for her Green Belt Movement, which brought trees and hope to Kenya.
Wangari grows up in Kenya, and goes on to study in America. Jeanette Winter’s illustration shows Wangai on an ocean liner, a wistful giraffe watching her sail towards a land of skyscrapers.
Wangari faces formidable obstacles in her struggle to save the farms and forests of Kenya, but Jeanette Winter puts it in language and pictures we can easily understand. An author’s note fills in additional details about Wangari’s life and work.
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