One plastic bag : Isatou Ceesay and the recycling women of the Gambia (#0657AS1)

by Paul, Miranda; illustrated by Zunon, Elizabeth

7 reviews & awards | 6 full-text reviews

Hardcover (library binding) Millbrook Press, 2015
Price: USD 15.04
Description: 34 unnumbered pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 24 x 28 cm
Dewey: 363.7288; Audience: Lower Elementary; Reading Level: 3.0
AR 2.9 LG .5 170587EN; RC 1.6 1; LEX AD570L; F&P P
From the publisher: Grades Pre-K/K-3; Ages 5-9
From Kirkus: Ages 5-8; PW: Ages 5-9; SLJ: Gr 1-4


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Product Overview
From Follett

Includes bibliographical references. Isatou Ceesay finds a way to recycle discarded plastic bags that have accumulated in dirty heaps in her Gambian village.

From the Publisher

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.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Millbrook Press
  • Publication Date: February 1, 2015
  • Format: Hardcover (library binding)
  • Dewey: 363.7288
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: 34 unnumbered pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 24 x 28 cm
  • Tracings: Zunon, Elizabeth, illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 1-46771-608-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-46771-608-6
  • LCCN: 2014-009382
  • Follett Number: 0657AS1
  • Reading Level: 3.0
  • Audience: Lower Elementary
  • Grades: Pre-K/K-3
  • Ages: 5-9
  • Kirkus: Ages 5-8
  • Publishers Weekly: Ages 5-9
  • School Library Journal: Gr 1-4
  • ATOS Book Level: 2.9
  • AR Interest Level: LG
  • AR Points: .5
  • AR Quiz: 170587EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 1.6
  • Reading Counts Points: 1
  • Lexile: AD570L
  • Fountas & Pinnell: P

Reviews & Awards
  • Horn Book Guide, 10/01/15
  • Horn Book Magazine, 01/01/15
  • Kirkus Reviews, 11/15/14
  • Library Media Connection, 11/01/15
  • Publishers Weekly, 12/22/14
  • School Library Journal starred, 12/01/14
  • Science Books & Films (AAAS), 06/01/16

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (February 15, 2015 (Vol. 111, No. 12))
Grades K-3. As Isatou Ceesay, a young woman in Njau, Gambia, drops and breaks the basket of fruit she is carrying, she discovers an abandoned bag made of a strange fabric—plastic. At first these brightly colored bags seem convenient throughout the village, but as they break, they are discarded. As 1 becomes 2, then 10, then 100, their beauty turns into a growing pile of filth that attracts dirty water, mosquitos, and a stench. When the problem worsens as goats begin to eat the bags and die, Isatou and her friends devise a clever plan that’s initially met with ridicule. They wash the bags, cut and roll them into plastic thread, and crochet them into purses, all in secret. But when 1, then 2, then 10 women buy them, proud entrepreneur Isatou soon has enough money to buy a new goat and relishes the returned beauty of her village. Colorful textured and patterned collage artwork illustrates this inspiring true story, which concludes with more information about Isatou’s grassroots initiative.

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