Thursday, April 7, 2011
Bag in the Wind :: Book Recommendation
By Stephanie Kay
Last month my son, William, needed to read 3 books about the environment or recycling to earn a badge in Cub Scouts. I discovered Bag in the Wind on the shelves of our local library and decided it would meet our needs.
The story begins at a landfill at the moment that a strong gust of wind blows a yellow plastic bag out the landfill gates. We then follow the bag as it is caught in a tree, reused by a little girl, discovered by a homeless man and eventually makes it's way to a thrift store.
I see so many plastic bags caught on tree branches, whirled in the air by the wind and crumpled on the side of the rode that the premise of this story caught my imagination. Now I find myself wondering how DID that plastic bag come to be wrapped around a branch at the park? And, better yet, my son is inspired to recycle.
Bag in the Wind makes for a nice read aloud and starting point to discuss recycling and caring for the environment.
What do you think about when you see a plastic bag blowing on the wind? Or are they so common now that you barely notice them?
Bag in the Wind by Ted Kooser. Illustrated by Barry Root. Published by Candlewick Press, 2010.