I'm Not a Plastic Bag

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Press: Boom Entertainment (April 25, 2012)
Publication Date:2012-4-25
Author Name:Rachel Hope Allison


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.

About 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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Comment List (Total:6)

  •     nice book to add to my classroom library
  •     I got this book for my 6th grade granddaughter who is very interested in the environment. I was under the impression that it was a graphic novel. Instead all of the drawings have no words to accompany them and the explanation is all at the end of the book.
  •     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!
  •     Loved it. Beautiful illustrations. Using it in school with elementary kids.
  •     Before I learned about this book, I had only some vague notions of what the Great Pacific Garbage Patch might be. I knew there was some garbage out in the ocean and I knew it was big and gross, and that's all I knew. After I ordered the book, I went to Wikipedia and read about the Patch, and I learned that it was in fact big and gross. OK, fine, I figured, whatever.Then I read the book.It's one thing to read about something like the Garbage Patch on Wikipedia or wherever, to stare blankly at the statistics that describe its size and depth and so forth. Then you know. All well and good. But this book isn't about knowing, it's about feeling. The artwork reaches straight past the logical part of your brain and right down to your heart. By the end of the story, you don't *know* more about the Patch than you did before. But you *feel*. You feel the hopeful patience of the ocean, the sad acceptance of the fish and the birds, even -- especially -- the sublime grotesque that is the Garbage Patch itself.You might think that a book about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch would try to make the reader feel guilt or shame. Not this book. This is no mere preachy fable. It is the illustrator's genius that when you close the book, what remains is not the feeling of condemnation for participation in the system that created the Patch. No, as the last page is turned, the reader feels an expected surge of hope, a feeling that we, the ones who made this awful thing, we who have unleashed it upon the fish and the birds and the sea and the world, it is we who can, we who must, remove it from the face of the planet.This book is a rare treasure. The illustrator's passion for nature and for life call out to the reader from every page, from every line. There are no words in the story because they would only get in the way. This book reaches out unhesitatingly to the best part of our souls, and in doing so, reminds us of what it is to be human, and what it is to be alive.
  •     This book is phenomenal. The author's portrayal of the Pacific Garbage Patch makes one think about how many individual beings this human-created waste affects. I love the end of the book...but you will have to "read" it for yourself to see what happens!

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