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I'm Not a Plastic Bagby 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 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.
"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." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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 humankinds connection to our planet.
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 nonprofit organizations in online organizing and fundraising.
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