The last straw : kids vs. plastics

by Hood, Susan, 1954-

Format: Print Book 2021
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Summary

"Thoughtful and thought-provoking, this book will plant the seeds of environmental activism in young readers." --Kirkus (starred review)

"I encourage everyone to read this book." --Dr. Jane Goodall

There's no doubt about it--plastic is in almost everything. From our phones and computers to our toys and utensils, plastic is everywhere. But the amount of plastic we throw away is hurting the health of our planet.

With The Last Straw: Kids vs. Plastics, readers will be fascinated as they learn about the growing plastic problem and meet just a few of the young activists who are standing up and speaking out for change.

You'll hear about the "Be Straw Free" campaign, started by nine-year-old Milo Cress. You'll discover how scientists are using jellyfish snot and munching, crunching caterpillars to break down plastic pollution faster. You'll meet Xóchitl Guadalupe Cruz López, the eight-year-old girl turning old plastic bottles into solar heaters.

And there are many more incredible kids here, not much older than our readers, who will inspire us all to change the way we think about plastic!

With an introduction from Milo Cress and bright, colorful illustrations from Christiane Engel, this collection of brilliant, lyrical nonfiction poems by award-winning author Susan Hood highlights the threat of plastic and the kids who are fighting for change to save our planet. Includes extensive backmatter with a timeline, author's note, further resources, and more.

Contents
Introduction
Fantastic plastic
P is for peek-a-boo plastic
A sea change
Plastic for dinner?
The great Pacific garbage patch
Ban the bag
Mr. Trash wheel
The road back
From bottles to buddies
For the love of frogs
Ode to the jellyfish
What can a bottle be?
The munching, crunching caterpillars
Be straw free
A shining light
Stand up, speak up
Join the crew.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This collection of nonfiction poems addresses the dangers of plastic pollution. Each entry identifies a cause, consequence, or solution, and offers a couplet, limerick, or other bit of poetry along with a brief factual paragraph and quote. Many poems highlight kids who have spearheaded initiatives, such as one girl who collected bottle caps to create a buddy bench for her school, students in Guatemala who turn discarded plastic bottles into construction ecoblocks, or a boy who launched a "Save the Frogs!" campaign. The poems flow effortlessly and effectively convey their important messages. The pages are filled with bright illustrations and eye-catching, engaging layouts. In addition to an author's note, time line, charts of top polluters, and alternatives to plastic products, the back matter includes resources for the subject of each poem, definitions of poetry formats, further reading recommendations, and research resources. Whether an ode to jellyfish or a collective poem about the fork that Jack threw away, this is a breezy way of introducing ecology concepts and starting important conversations."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this factually augmented poetry collection, Hood illuminates the reasons, repercussions, and remedies for humans' considerable use of plastic. She begins with "Fantastic Plastic," which presents a rhetorical question: "Where would the world be without ?" But subsequent poems, such as "Plastic for Dinner?" highlight the consequences of its use. Solutions are offered in the forms of couplet-based "Ban the Bag" ("Cloth and canvas can't be beat!") and "Ode to Jellyfish" (their mucus "may be the solution to plastic pollution!"), among others. Prose paragraphs supplement with additional information, including real-life people in the fight against plastics, and Engel's vivid, inclusive digital illustrations bolster this appealingly accessible picture book. Front matter includes an introduction by Milo Cress, founder of Be Straw Free, and back matter includes an author's note, timeline of the history of plastics and its projected future, and additional resources. Ages 4--8. (Feb.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Plastics -- Environmental aspects -- Juvenile literature.
Plastics -- Environmental aspects -- Juvenile poetry.
Plastic scrap -- Environmental aspects -- Juvenile literature.
Plastic scrap -- Environmental aspects -- Juvenile poetry.
Recycling (Waste, etc.) -- Juvenile literature.
Recycling (Waste, etc.) -- Juvenile poetry.
Environmental protection -- Citizen participation. -- Juvenile literature.
Environmental protection -- Citizen participation -- Juvenile poetry.
Children's poetry, American.
Plastics.
Plastics -- Juvenile poetry.
Recycling (Waste)
Recycling (Waste) -- Juvenile poetry.
Environmental protection -- Citizen participation.
Environmental protection -- Citizen participation. -- Juvenile poetry.
Poetry.
Didactic poetry.
Publisher New York, NY :2021
Edition First edition.
Other Titles Kids vs. plastics
Kids v. plastics
Kids versus plastics
Contributors Engel, Christiane (Illustrator), illustrator.
Audience Ages 5 up.
Language English
Description 48 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9780062981394
0062981390
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