One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia by Miranda Paul and Illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon was published in 2015 and tells the story of Isatou Ceesay, a woman who saw a problem and did something about it.
In her town, the litter of plastic bags has caused goats to die and has become an eyesore. She and the women of the Gambia gather the discarded plastic bags, wash them, cut them into plastic yarn, and create fashionable and useful purses and bags out them. At first the women are laughed at, but them one woman buys a purse, and soon everyone wants one.
From their earnings, the women contribute to an empowerment center that gives free health care and literacy classes and also shows the dangers of burning plastic.
This book includes a Wolof glossary and pronunciation guide of the words used in the book. This book is uplifting and shows the difference one person can make if they have an idea, act on it, and share it.
Read to a child today even if that child is you.
Link to our NICU book registry if you'd like to donate books to babies in the newborn intensive care unit so their parents can read to them while they grow. You can also donate gently used books to our project by sending them to me or to Angie. Email me for a mailing address. We can use both English and Spanish books. If you have a graduate of the NICU, or if you have a baby whose life you would like to honor by donating books to this project, let me know, and I can make a book plate with their name for the books you donate.