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I'm Not a Plastic Bag Hardcover – April 25, 2012
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Then I read the book.
It's one thing to read about something like the Garbage Patch on Wikipedia or wherever, to stare blankly at the statistics that describe its size and depth and so forth. Then you know. All well and good. But this book isn't about knowing, it's about feeling. The artwork reaches straight past the logical part of your brain and right down to your heart. By the end of the story, you don't *know* more about the Patch than you did before. But you *feel*. You feel the hopeful patience of the ocean, the sad acceptance of the fish and the birds, even -- especially -- the sublime grotesque that is the Garbage Patch itself.
You might think that a book about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch would try to make the reader feel guilt or shame. Not this book. This is no mere preachy fable. It is the illustrator's genius that when you close the book, what remains is not the feeling of condemnation for participation in the system that created the Patch. No, as the last page is turned, the reader feels an expected surge of hope, a feeling that we, the ones who made this awful thing, we who have unleashed it upon the fish and the birds and the sea and the world, it is we who can, we who must, remove it from the face of the planet.
This book is a rare treasure. The illustrator's passion for nature and for life call out to the reader from every page, from every line.Read more ›