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This book was borrowed from the library for reading/reviewing.
Published by Candlewick Press February 23, 2010/48 pages/For ages 4-8
The author Ted Kooser is a previous U.S. Poet Laureate 2004-2006, Pulitzer Prize winner of 2 poems he wrote--Delights and Shadows. Bag in the Wind is the first children's book he has written.
Illustrations are by Barry Root, watercolor and gouache, he has illustrated 2 other children's books.
A woman driving a bulldozer pushing garbage in a landfill sees an empty plastic yellow bag. The bag is a nameless, voiceless adventurer in this book on recycling. The wind blows the bag, it travels across the landscape, visits people along the way, and teaches the reader the importance of re-using/recycling/thinking before throwing away an object that can be re-used.
The book has wonderful illustrations of a rural area in the autumn/winter. There is great detail in the watercolor pictures of the land, trees, streams, snow, birds. People are less significant in the larger picture of recycling, our recycling affects our world at large--we are the tool used in order to recycle, but it affects in a positive way the world we live in.
The story is probably too much for a 4 or 5 year old, in my opinion more understandable to a 6-8 year old. It is not that recycling cannot be taught to a 4 or 5 year old, it is because of the lengthiness of the story that a 4 or 5 year old would not sit still and their minds and bodies would wander.