One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling women of the Gambia by Miranda Paul, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon. PICTURE BOOK/NON-FICTION. Millbrook Press (Lerner), 2015. $20EL (K-3), EL – ESSENTIAL
In country of Gambia, plastic bags are a novelty. They seem to work even better than the woven basket bags, which break so easily. Turns out the plastic bags break too. But unlike the woven bags, which once left to garbage, become a healthy part of the earth –the discarded plastic bags never break down and are instead become a danger to the community. Isatou Ceesay was a woman with an idea –that plastic could be cut and woven together into reusable goods that people would want to buy and clean up the community at the same time.
This is a fantastic story of how one person can make a difference, reuse and recycle, and use their creativity to help their own life and their community at the same time. The illustrations are stunning collages that capture the vibrancy of the country and the mess of the plastic bags. This would be an excellent edition to a school library collection.
Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.