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One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia (Millbrook Picture Books) Library Binding – February 1, 2015
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The plastic bag didn’t last and soon Isatou left it behind. The bags seemed to multiply with blue ones, red one, clear ones, and even purple. There were more and more because “one plastic bag becomes two ... then ten ... then a hundred.” The years passed by and Isatou found herself to be a woman, hardly noticing “the ugliness around her.” The goats had begun eating those very bags, the ugliness she had passed by, and were dying. The goats were foraging in the garbage, eating the bags. Isatou began collecting the bags, but what would she do with them?
This is the amazing story of Isatou, a young woman who empowered others by looking for solutions. Isatou Cheesay watched as garbage began to overtake and destroy Njau, Gambia. Rather than ignore it, she began to gather up the ugliness and turned it into a thing of beauty, “recycled plastic purses.” Other women began to crochet and Isatou’s solution began to reclaim her village. Young students will enjoy learning about her journey in an expanded author’s note. There is a photograph of Isatou and some other women of Njau. In the back of the book is an index, a “Wolof Glossary and Pronunciation Guide, a Timeline (1970s to 2014), and additional recommended book resources to explore.
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It's a great read--highly, highly recommended.
One Plastic Bag‘s Web site is packed with activities and information, including a PowerPoint about The Gambia and instructions for turning plastic bags into purses.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is a nice story about the environment and recycling. I wish I would get a bag to show when I tell the story.Published 12 days ago by Oni Lasana
A beautifully told story about the courage and determination of Isatou Ceesay in Gambia, who realizes that the rubbish building around her is dangerous. Read morePublished 1 month ago by kaye baillie
I've read this book several times over the last several months, and each time it delights me more. It's a non-fiction picture book that reads like a story--a triumphant story of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jane Healy
As soon as I read a very early draft of this manuscript, I knew it was meant for big things. Love this story of hard work, hope and how one woman has literally been the change she... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Melissa Gorzelanczyk
Good illustration of solving a problem because of personal need and circumstances. Also good timeline that shows solutions are not immediate and the result of one person on their... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dianne Garber
Miranda Paul is an incredible author. She is planting seeds of change and for that, I'm grateful!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I loved this story so much I bought it as a Christmas present for a child.Published 4 months ago by Lelia Rose Foreman
Although we want picture books to be educational and hope that they will have a positive and inspiring message, we also need them to be beautiful and engaging. Read morePublished 10 months ago by viviankirkfield