Book Launch for Children’s Book about Plastic Trash

My Little Plastic Bag Book

Photo by: Jon Derby of Sam Love, Lisa Bisbee-Lentz and Samrae Duke

The Greater Good Gallery will host a book launch party and book signing for My Little Plastic Bag on Thursday July14 at 5:30 pm, 228 Craven Street, New Bern, NC. Meet and Greet the author and illustrator. Refreshments will be served.

The book with text by local poet Sam Love and illustrator Samrae Duke tells the story of what happens to a plastic bag when a little girl throws it out the window. Through brightly colored illustrations a child can follow the plastic through the ecosystem into the ocean. Finally the chemicals in the plastic come back to Amy’s family in the fish her family eats.

The story is based on a poem by Sam Love that appeared in his poetry book, Converging Waters and in Duke University’s Eno magazine. “I get really angry when I see the plastic pieces that the mowers cut up on the side of the road and I wanted to create an educational book for young children that helps them understand there is no ‘away’,” according to Love.

“This book can be valuable to teach young people about the problems plastic trash creates in our aquatic environment,” says Travis Graves, Lower Neuse Riverkeeper.

Diane Mac Eachern, publisher of the BigGreenPurse.com web site, says, “My Little Plastic Bag can help children understand how even a harmless action like throwing away aplastic bag can have serious consequences.”

“Plastic in our water is now epidemic,” states Love. He cites one United Nations estimate that every square mile of the ocean already contains46,000 pieces of plastic and most of them are so small we can’t see them. “As the plastic is ingested by the fish and other wildlife, ”Love says, “plastic chemicals can get into our food supply and affect our health.”

Love believes any child who is curious about nature will enjoy My Little Plastic Bag.“This book gives teachers and parents a great educational tool to build awareness of environmental stewardship. After all, the future belongs to our children.”

The book is designed for children ages 4 to 8 and it includes a discussion guide for parents and teachers.

The Greater Good Gallery will host a book launch party and book signing for My Little Plastic Bag on Thursday July14 at 5:30 pm. Meet and Greet the author and illustrator. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, email the Greater Good Gallery or stop by 228 Craven St., New Bern to purchase a copy of My Little Plastic Bag.

By: Lisa Bisbee-Lentz, Greater Good Gallery

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