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A Bag in the Wind

September 25, 2010

Bag in the Wind

Written by Ted Kooser, illustrated by Barry Root
Candlewick Press, 2010
Picture book

It was a bag for carrying groceries, just the color of the skin of a yellow onion, and it had two holes for handles.  It was a perfectly good bag, but someone had thrown it away.”  

The bag blows through well crafted scenes, illustrated in soft yellow and blues – to a chain-link fence, a branch, a girl picking up aluminum cans, a homeless man’s pocket, a river, a grocery store  and back to the girl but in the end . . .

Margaret didn’t recognize it because it looked just like every other grocery bag in the world – the color of the skin of yellow onion, with two holes for handles.

Bag in the Wind is written by two-term U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser. He says in the author note that 100 billion plastic shopping bags per year are used and thrown away, many which fly away from landfills and become a danger to animals who get tangled or attempt to eat them. Kooser asks readers to recycle plastic bags and/or reuse bags instead of getting new ones.

Book Play:  Imagine a bag blows away from your house. Where does it go? Think of four places your bag could blow starting in your neighborhood and traveling around where you live. Write or draw the adventures of your bag. Make a map showing where the bag travels.

WIN a copy of A Bag in the Wind! E-mail your name and address (to make book delivery faster) to with “Bag in the Wind” in the subject line. We will randomly select one lucky winner to receive a signed copy of the book. Deadline for entry is midnight MST on October 16, 2010.

One Comment leave one →
  1. September 27, 2010 1:44 pm

    Just the cover alone makes me want to read this… It’s beautiful…..

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