Summary: After the Civil War ended Booker T. Washington fulfilled his dream of attending school, then set out to teach. Finding many eager students in Tuskegee, Alabama but no school, Booker decided to build his own school. So he rolled up his sleeves and dug clay, molded thousands of bricks, and constructed his own kiln to fire them. But brick making was more difficult than he'd imagined. Yet, Booker continued the back-breaking work, built a fine school, and welcomed all who shared his passion for learning.
The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps by Jeanette Winter (Schwartz & Wade, 2011)
The story of how Jane Goodall's love for all the animals in the world leads her to study chimps in Africa and be their advocate and friend. Today, she still continues to speak out and protect the animals and their homes.
Although Europeans during the Middle Ages thought insects were evil, Maria Merian thought them beautiful and harmless. Through careful observation and study she eventually proved metamorphosis was a natural process. Written in first person, Merian’s account of her quest for truth during her thirteenth year is transformative.
A member of the Kikuyu ethnic group, Maathai has and is doing much to make the world a better place. In particular, she is interested in the green movement and women’s rights. She won the Nobel Peace Prize because she “stood up courageously against the former oppressive regime in Kenya.” This book is about how she led the way to change.
Read the press release from the Nobel Peace Prize for Maathai received in 2004.