One Plastic Bag

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

One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia tells the inspiring story of five women who creatively dealt with their village’s plastic trash problem. Despite limited resources and ridicule, Isatou and her friends persevered for more than a decade, eventually realizing economic empowerment through their recycled plastic purse project. The book also includes bonus information such as a Wolof language glossary, timeline of actual events, and photos of the women of Njau.

The book, written by Miranda Paul and illustrated by award-winning artist Elizabeth Zunon, has been honored as a Junior Library Guild Selection! Its release date in the U.S. was February 1, 2015. You can now buy the book through the publisher, your local bookstore or an online independent store. That way you’ll be one of the first to get the book once it’s available. The book also has its own website at OnePlasticBag.com!

Year 2: Properties of Materials
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  • Format: Paperback
  • Print length: 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 27.31 x 0.94 x 23.19 cm
  • Reading age: 6 - 11 years old
  • Publication date: February 2015
  • ISBN: 9781467716086

Miranda Paul

Miranda is the award-winning children's author of One Plastic Bag, Water is Water, Whose Hands Are These? and Nine Months, a 2019 Boston Globe Horn Book Honor for Nonfiction. Miranda presents often at schools and libraries. One of her bravest moments involved reciting poetry inside a crocodile pit.


Elizabeth Zunon (Illustrator)

Elizabeth grew up in a hot, sunny, tropical country in West Africa called the Ivory Coast, where people speak French (and many other languages). Since her mother is American, she wanted to make sure that Elizabeth and her little brother could speak both French and English, so she read them a lot of bedtime stories in English after they came home from speaking French all day at school. As a little girl, Elizabeth loved to draw, paint, make up dances and play dress-up, and as she grew up, she didn't really change! Elizabeth went to art school in the United States and decided to focus on Children's Book Illustration. In school, she made a lot of paintings and books that were filled with images and memories of her childhood in the Ivory Coast. She still loves thinking about life there and drawing palm trees, tropical flowers, people in busy marketplaces, and days at the beach- especially since she now lives in Upstate New York, where it gets cold and snowy!

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What is the book "One Plastic Bag" about?

"One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia tells the inspiring story of five women who creatively dealt with their village's plastic trash problem. Despite limited resources and ridicule, Isatou and her friends persevered for more than a decade, eventually realizing economic empowerment through their recycled plastic purse project. The book also includes bonus information such as a Wolof language glossary, timeline of actual events, and photos of the women of Njau.

The book "One Plastic Bag" is about "how one African woman began a movement to recycle the plastic bags that were polluting her community." It tells the true story of Isatou Ceesay in Njau, Gambia, where plastic bags were causing problems such as pollution, disease, and harm to animals. Isatou Ceesay found a way to recycle the bags and make a positive change in her community. The book emphasizes how one person's actions can make a difference in the world.

In this inspiring narrative, readers are introduced to Isatou and her determination to address the plastic bag pollution that plagued her village. Despite facing limited resources and even ridicule, Isatou and her friends persevered, working tirelessly for over a decade. Their unwavering commitment eventually led them to a groundbreaking solution - the creation of recycled plastic purses.

Throughout the book, readers are immersed in the journey of Isatou and her fellow women as they transform discarded plastic bags into beautiful and functional accessories. This creative endeavour not only helped to solve the community's pollution problem but also brought about economic empowerment for the women of Njau.

To further enrich the reading experience, "One Plastic Bag" includes additional content such as a Wolof language glossary, allowing readers to delve deeper into the cultural context of the story. A timeline of actual events and captivating photographs of the women of Njau provide a visual and historical backdrop to the inspiring narrative.

By combining the heart-warming tale of Isatou Ceesay and her friends with bonus materials, "One Plastic Bag" demonstrates the power of individual actions to bring about positive change. Through their perseverance and resourcefulness, these remarkable women showcase the potential for transformative impact, inspiring readers of all ages to contribute to a better world."

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