One Plastic Bag

Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambiabag copy

Millbrook Press (Lerner)
Published 2.1.2015  *  32 pages

A True Tale with A Cherry On Top

Author: Miranda Paul
and Illustrator: Elizabeth Zunon

Character: Isatou Ceesay

Overview from the jacket flap:

“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.”

For a Tantalizing Taste and Something More, visit the blog of kidlit author, Jeanne Walker Harvey *** True Tales & A Cherry On Top  ***  to learn more about this book.