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One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia by Miranda Paul

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Back of Book:
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.
My Review:
This book tells the amazing and inspirational journey of one woman as she strived to make the world a better place. This book is based on the true story of Isatou. She found a way to recycle the plastic bags that littered the city streets. She recruited many women to help her turn the bags into something beautiful! This story is beautifully told. Isatou was brave enough to take one small step, that would eventually lead to giant change in her community. The authors note in the back tells readers about how the author heard about , and connected with Isatou. This is not simply a book about recycling, but a story of hope. This is an excellent story to read to students about perseverance and not giving up. The text has a repeating refrain that allows readers to follow along. The illustrations are stunning! They bring the women of Niju Gambia to life. I was very excited that One Plastic Bag is apart of the Scholastic Magazines. It deserves to be in every classroom and library.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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