One cold morning in early spring, a bulldozer pushes a pile of garbage around a landfill and uncovers an empty plastic bag a perfectly good bag, the color of the skin of a yellow onion, with two holes for handles that someone has thrown away. Read more...
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One cold morning in early spring, a bulldozer pushes a pile of garbage around a landfill and uncovers an empty plastic bag a perfectly good bag, the color of the skin of a yellow onion, with two holes for handles that someone has thrown away. Just then, a puff of wind lifts the rolling, flapping bag over a chain-link fence and into the lives of several townsfolk a can-collecting girl, a homeless man, a store owner not that all of them notice. Renowned poet Ted Kooser fashions an understated yet compassionate world full of happenstance and connection, neglect and care, all perfectly expressed in Barry Root s tender illustrations. True to the book s earth-friendly spirit, it is printed on paper containing 100 percent recycled post-consumer waste and includes an author s note on recycling plastic bags."
- ISBN-13: 9780763630010
- ISBN-10: 0763630012
- Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
- Publish Date: February 2010
- Page Count: 48
- Reading Level: Ages 5-8
- Dimensions: 7.76 x 10.46 x 0.43 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.88 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 45.
- Review Date: 2010-01-04
- Reviewer: Staff
A plastic bag, “just the color of the skin of a yellow onion,” blows away from a landfill and across a wintry rural landscape. With unadorned realism, captured in former poet laureate Kooser's plainspoken prose and Root's (The Birthday Tree) copper and slate-gray watercolors and gouache, a girl finds the bag and fills it with aluminum cans, which she takes to a gas station to cash in. Soon the bag meanders on. A traveler, sleepy beside a bridge, lets the bag slip into the water, and in the morning, a homeless woman fishes it out. After the bag ends up at a secondhand store, its journey comes full circle when the girl from earlier buys a baseball glove and ball from the cozy-shabby shop, not recognizing they're put in the same bag she had before, “because it looked just like every other grocery bag in the world.”The reflective message about waste (there's an endnote about recycling plastic bags) is gently balanced against the meditation on the quiet beauty and nobility of objects—and people—that aren't often given a second thought or glance. Ages 5–8. (Feb.)