One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia

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.

The bags accumulated in ugly heaps. Something had to change. Isatou Ceesay found a way to recycle the bags and transform her community.

February 2015

Millbrook Press

Ages 5-9

ISBN 978-1-4677-1608-6

Written by Miranda Paul

"Zunon’s collages, with their vivid colors, elegant patterns, and varied textures — especially those from actual plastic bags — provide a beautiful and authentic entry into the story." - The Horn Book

"Zunon used actual plastic bags in the colorful textured collages that illustrate this picture book. Faces of people and animals are expressive and draw the reader into the story." - The Times Union

- Awards for One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia - 

Monarch Award Master List: Illinois School Library Media Association, 2017

Children's Africana Book Award Notable Book, 2016

Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year: Biography and Memoir, 2016

Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, 2016

District-Wide Choice Read-Aloud: Elementary Level, Shenendehowa Public School District, 2016

Amelia Bloomer List, 2016

Chicago Public Library's Best Informational Books for Younger Readers, 2015

Junior Library Guild Selection, 2015

EUREKA! California Reading Association Honor Award 2015




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