I'm Not a Plastic Bag

I'm Not a Plastic Bag

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by Rachel Hope Allison
     
 

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Foreward by Jeff Corwin Based on the real-life occurrence of The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an island of floating trash in a remote area of the Northern Pacific Ocean more than twice the size of Texas, I'm Not a Plastic Bag tells a moving story about loneliness, beauty, and humankind's connection to our planet. Produced in conjunction with American Forests and

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Foreward by Jeff Corwin Based on the real-life occurrence of The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an island of floating trash in a remote area of the Northern Pacific Ocean more than twice the size of Texas, I'm Not a Plastic Bag tells a moving story about loneliness, beauty, and humankind's connection to our planet. Produced in conjunction with American Forests and the Global ReLeaf programs, Archaia will plant two trees for each tree used in the manufacturing of this book. Presented in partnership with JeffCorwinConnect, a global, ecological, educational and entertainment multimedia company launched by Jeff Corwin, the popular wildlife expert and nature conservationist.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
An allegorical tale about pollution has never before featured such a sympathetic trash monster. In this wordless graphic novel, produced in association with biologist/TV host Jeff Corwin, Allison tackles the real-world result of modern consumption and trash production: the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But rather than showing the formless slew it is in reality, Allison creates a lonely, floating landfill that communicates in words from restaurant signs and name tags. By its very nature, the trash monster is a danger to those it would befriend, and its only hope for happiness lies in transformation. Allison communicates a large range of emotion for the creature with an umbrella and a tire for eyes. Her two-page spreads of both nature and the trash accumulating in it are, by turn, beautiful and heart-wrenching. While the introduction and short articles about the environment are helpful for presenting the real-world inspiration for Allison, they lack the impact of her art and serve solely as additional information. While easily useful for elementary to high school classrooms discussing issues in the environment, adults will be the ones who get the full impact of the allegory. Ages 6–up. (May)
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—Who would have thought that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch could evoke readers' sympathy? Allison personifies the floating accumulation of trash into a being filled with loneliness and longing. Among the plastic bags, bottles, and other debris, a used tire and windblown umbrella appear as eyes. Shifts in the floating morass open "mouths" that reveal words such as "come in" or "hello," the story's only text. Extensions from the edges of the garbage monster appear as overgrown hands, sometimes reaching down to a giant squid and other times pointing to the various messages. Meanwhile, more trash arrives from sea and sky, including the carcass of an albatross, dead after ingesting plastic. The puzzling ending has the entire mass rising skyward, followed by the monster's face shining in the night sky. The images themselves are arresting, providing multiple perspectives from above, below, and on the surface of the floating mass of trash. Allison's work might serve as a discussion starter to lead in to the information pages about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, endangered species, and ways individuals can help reduce ocean pollution. Environmentalist Jeff Corwin's introduction explains the problem's magnitude. Loree Burns's Tracking Trash (Houghton, 2007) explains how scientists study ocean currents and the movement of debris and includes photos of garbage patches. Ted Kooser's Bag in the Wind (Candlewick, 2010) combines text and illustrations to follow the multiple owners and uses of a single plastic bag.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936393541
Publisher:
Archaia
Publication date:
05/08/2012
Edition description:
All Ages
Pages:
88
Product dimensions:
(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
6 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Rachel Hope Allison earned her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2009. She now works as an illustrator and with several non-profit organizations in online organizing and fundraising. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, dodges hipsters and babies on the way to the subway, works, draws, reads, and generally plays way too much Rockband.

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I'm Not a Plastic Bag 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
giantangryrobot More than 1 year ago
This is a beautifully illustrated book about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Although it doesn't have any words, there is a definite, touching story and the book is full of little details that carry through the storyline and are fun to follow. I love that the story brings awareness to environmental issues without (in my opinion) being overly moralizing, and I also appreciate the extra information provided in the front and the back of the book about what sort of trash makes up the garbage patch and what we can do to help. And the publisher has arranged to have two trees planted for each tree used in making the book!