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.
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Book Review: Bag In The Wind by Kooser Ted - Reviewed by Romi Foster (23 Nov 2011)
Bag in the Wind is a story that will change your life, make you look at the ways you use plastic bags and see in a whole new light exactly what they are doing to the earth. Ever thrown out a perfectly good bag? Well the bag in this story was a wonderful, freshly made plastic bag, but once it got used, it got tipped into the dumpster and is now lying under dirt and rubble. Only to get moved, and then it's off, flying around the land and being picked up and used by many different, inter-connecting people.
It's an amazing book!
Ted Kooser was the United States Poet Laureate from 2004 to 2006 and won a Pulitzer Prize for his book of poems DELIGHTS AND SHADOWS. He is the author of twelve full-length volumes of poetry and several books of nonfiction, and his work has appeared in many periodicals. This is his first children's book. He lives in Garland, Nebraska. Barry Root has illustrated many books for children, including THE CAT WHO LIKED POTATO SOUP by Terry Farish and THE BIRTHDAY TREE by Paul Fleischman. He lives in Quarryville, Pennsylvania.
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