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One Plastic Bag

Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia

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Plastic bags are cheap and easy to use. But what happens when a bag breaks or is no longer needed? In Njau, Gambia, people simply dropped the bags and went on their way. One plastic bag became two. Then ten. Then a hundred.

The bags accumulated in ugly heaps alongside roads. Water pooled in them, bringing mosquitoes and disease. Some bags were burned, leaving behind a terrible smell. Some were buried, but they strangled gardens. They killed livestock that tried to eat them. Something had to change.

Isatou Ceesay was that change. She found a way to recycle the bags and transform her community. This inspirational true story shows how one person's actions really can make a difference in our world.

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"The simple format of this picture book belies the strength of its content, a story lovingly supported by charming collage illustrations....Ceesay figured out how to use crochet, a skill with which the villagers were already familiar, to make purses out of the plastic bags. Simple but lyrical text conveys this beautiful, thought-provoking tale of ecological awareness and recycling." -- Dorcas Hand, School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Miranda Paul
Illustrator Elizabeth Zunon
ISBN 9781467716086
Publication Date Feb 1, 2015
Publisher Millbrook Press
Language English