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

by Miranda Paul
Illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon

Published by Millbrook Press, 2015
32 pages
ISBN: 978𢴒67716086

Ages 710

When Isatou Ceesay first noticed a piece of silky fabric on the ground in her Gambian community, she wasn抰 sure what it was. 揚lastic, her Grandmother explains with a frown. Soon there is more. The bags are convenient but people discard them when they break. The litter is unsightly, and a hazard to livestock that eat it. It抯 a problem that grows as Isatou reaches adulthood. Watching her sister crochet gives Isatou the idea to turn the worn bags into something useful again, and soon a group of women are transforming old plastic bags into purses after washing and cutting them into strips to crochet. The new bags are not only a solution to the litter problem but become a means of economic development in their community. Debut Wisconsin author Miranda Paul brings a storyteller抯 gift for language and pacing to this picture book account based on real events and set against Elizabeth Zunon抯 illustrations full of texture and color. An author抯 note with more about Isatou and the ongoing initiative, pronunciation guide for the Wolof words incorporated into the narrative, timeline, bibliography, and color photographs are included in the end matter.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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