Author Cate Njore does the donkey work translating complex concepts, in cartography, for the younger minds.
In her new book, Mappy Maria: Plant Trees, the seasoned cartographer encourages young Kenyans, and any other person below 15 years to conserve the environment by planting trees.
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Climate change mitigation is at the center of the global discourse and with the death of the 4K clubs in Kenyan schools. We are sliding into dangerous territory as a country.
Many fertile agricultural lands, such as in Central and Western Kenya are being converted into concrete jungles sounding a death knell to the future food security of the country.
Cate Njore’s book starts by laying the foundation for the importance of planting trees. The author professionally engages the young mind by showing (pictorials) them the effects of cutting down trees; drying rivers, thinning grass, unproductive soil and disappearing wildlife.
Catherine Njore is a member of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) Commission on Cartography and Children.
She immediately showcases the importance of partnerships with professionals in conservation; the reclamation of land, the return of soil fertility, wildlife and the water on the river; and rains.
The book has a map and other interactive To Do things, for the reader.
Her other books follow the same format and are quite engaging for the young and adult alike.
Ekoroi Review recommends this book for schools. The first batch I bought was also about maps with another theme. Up to now, the teacher has refused to return it to my daughter. This is after she answered a difficult question in class as other pupils stared blankly in awe. I think I will point the teacher in the direction of Nuria Store, where the books are sold.
Author Njore busts the myth that ‘women can’t read maps’.