It is rare to find a children’s book with such an important message about our environment, that is set outside the US, and is illustrated so beautifully! One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and The Recycling Women of The Gambia is the inspirational, true story about littered plastic bags and the woman who stood up and transformed her community. It is the perfect book to introduce environmental topics to kids like recycling, and also teaches that even one person can make a difference. The story begins on a walk in Njau, Gambia.
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A young woman, Isatou discovers that plastic bags are being used more and more in her village- and being tossed aside, littering the ground.
One plastic bag becomes two.
Then a hundred.
Plastic isn’t beautiful anymore, she thinks.
As the ugliness grows and the litter accumulates, one day Isatou finds a goat is choking on a plastic bag it has ingested. “She knows too much to ignore it now.”
One Plastic Bag is the story of how one woman cleans up her community, inspiring friends and neighbors to help create plastic, recycled purses, and reduce the trash in her village.
When she passes by the pile of rubbish, she smiles because it is smaller now. She tells herself, one day it will be gone and my home will be beautiful.
After reading this true story, we flipped to the back and read the real timeline of Isatou’s achievements, and even saw a picture of her! There’s a Wolof (language of the Gambia) glossary, and an author’s note that explains the story of recycling in Njau, and the women’s contributions. This book is a must-have for schools and homes that would like their kids to be aware of global perspectives on issues such as trash ad developing nations.
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Happy Multicultural Children’s Book Day Becky !!!! Thank you for co-hosting and celebrating with us. This is one of my favorite books. Love your activities to go with it. Enjoy !!
Pragmatic Mom says
Thank you so much for your support of Multicultural Children’s Book Day Becky! I love this book and how the women stuck with their project as it wasn’t an easy go at first! So many great life lessons in one picture book!
I enjoyed this book. What an inspirational story!