Spring 2023

Una bolsa de plástico (One Plastic Bag)

Isatou Ceesay y las mujeres recicladoras de Gambia (Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia)

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

The inspiring true story of how one African woman began a movement to recycle the plastic bags that were polluting her community.

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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978-1-7284-9294-0
On pre-order until 01/01/2023
$11.99
978-1-7284-9345-9
On pre-order until 01/01/2023
$17.99
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books, Social Studies
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Books: Feminism, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning, Spanish-Language
Copyright 2023
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language Spanish
Number of Pages 40
Publication Date 2023-01-01
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF037020, JNF007120, JNF010000
Dewey DDC 363.72/88
Dimensions 10.125 x 8.875
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Author/Illustrator note, Maps, Original artwork, Timeline, and eSource

Author: Miranda Paul

Miranda Paul is the award-winning author of more than a dozen books for children, including One Plastic Bag and Boston Globe–Horn Book Honoree Nine Months Before a Baby Is Born. Miranda is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books and serves as its mentorship chair. Learn more at mirandapaul.com.

Illustrator: Elizabeth Zunon

Elizabeth Zunon grew up in the Ivory Coast, West Africa, and memories of her childhood can be seen in her artwork. She currently lives in Albany, New York. Find her online at www.lizzunon.com.