One Little Bag : An Amazing Journey
by Cole, Henry






Evocative, richly detailed spreads trace the wordless journey of a little bag that is transformed from part of a tall tree before it travels from a grocery store into the hands of a little boy and his three-generation family, who use and reuse the bag as a transporter of objects and keeper of memories. Illustrations.





Henry Cole was born on a dairy farm near Purcellville, Virginia, and was an adored elementary-school science teacher for 16 years. He has since created over 80 popular picture books, including his wordless, award-winning masterpiece Unspoken, Try a Little Kindness, and the Moose series by Margie Palatini. Mr. Cole has always loved art and science, which has made him a keen observer of details in nature. He now lives in both Florida and Virginia.





A very special paper bag begins its life as a tall pine tree. Detailed ink-pen illustrations in mostly black and white tell a wordless story. Readers first see the tree, then the loggers, the paper mill, the paper-bag factory, and, finally, a father and his son carrying home a flashlight in a brown paper sack. Dad packs the boy's lunch for school and paints a red heart on the bag. As the boy grows, pictures show him playing his guitar with his dog, camping, getting married (now there are two hearts!), and welcoming a new baby (three hearts). As the baby grows into a little boy, he collects items with grandpa (heart no. 4) to place inside his special taped and tattered bag. In the last image, the two plant a tree, using the paper bag to hold the roots and the sapling. This very sweet tale about sustainability celebrates recycling, conservation, and ecology. It's just right for Earth Day projects and presents an engaging journey through the central character's own life cycle. Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.





A very special paper bag begins its life as a tall pine tree. Detailed ink-pen illustrations in mostly black and white tell a wordless story. Readers first see the tree, then the loggers, the paper mill, the paper-bag factory, and, finally, a father and his son carrying home a flashlight in a brown paper sack. Dad packs the boy's lunch for school and paints a red heart on the bag. As the boy grows, pictures show him playing his guitar with his dog, camping, getting married (now there are two hearts!), and welcoming a new baby (three hearts). As the baby grows into a little boy, he collects items with grandpa (heart no. 4) to place inside his special taped and tattered bag. In the last image, the two plant a tree, using the paper bag to hold the roots and the sapling. This very sweet tale about sustainability celebrates recycling, conservation, and ecology. It's just right for Earth Day projects and presents an engaging journey through the central character's own life cycle. Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.





This wordless picture book traces one brown paper bag's journey: from timber and manufacturing through the hands of a small, white boy and his single father to those of the next generation. The skilled black-ink drawings lend a look of pleasant harmony to all the characters that populate the pages, from woodland creatures to humans of various ages and gender and racial presentations. Meticulous attention to composition, textures, and period detail—starting around the 1960s—makes each page a delight. The common feature of each scene is a brown paper bag, which the protagonist's father decorates with a red heart on his son's first day of school—the book's only pops of color. After its first use for the boy's lunch, the bag becomes a never-ending vessel-of-all-trades. As the boy grows up, the bag serves as, among other things, a de facto lampshade over a flashlight to quell nightmares; a bag for automotive tools; receptacle for an engagement ring when the protagonist, now a young man, proposes to his girlfriend, a black woman; a petal container for the wedding's flower girl; and a collection bag when the protagonist's child gathers seashells with grandpa. Because there are no words, children are left to draw their own conclusions from an eventual drawing of the grandfather's empty chair. (Is he wintering in some warm place? The planting of a pine seedling, its roots protected by that paper bag, offers an alternative interpretation.) The subtitle will disappoint those who equate "amazing" with narratives outside a common, middle-class, heteronormative life. However, the bag's durability is amazing—and, according to the author's fascinating note, not impossible. Beautifully effective as both nostalgia trip and lesson in conservation. (Picture book. 3-7) Copyright Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.





This wordless picture book traces one brown paper bag's journey: from timber and manufacturing through the hands of a small, white boy and his single father to those of the next generation. The skilled black-ink drawings lend a look of pleasant harmony to all the characters that populate the pages, from woodland creatures to humans of various ages and gender and racial presentations. Meticulous attention to composition, textures, and period detail—starting around the 1960s—makes each page a delight. The common feature of each scene is a brown paper bag, which the protagonist's father decorates with a red heart on his son's first day of school—the book's only pops of color. After its first use for the boy's lunch, the bag becomes a never-ending vessel-of-all-trades. As the boy grows up, the bag serves as, among other things, a de facto lampshade over a flashlight to quell nightmares; a bag for automotive tools; receptacle for an engagement ring when the protagonist, now a young man, proposes to his girlfriend, a black woman; a petal container for the wedding's flower girl; and a collection bag when the protagonist's child gathers seashells with grandpa. Because there are no words, children are left to draw their own conclusions from an eventual drawing of the grandfather's empty chair. (Is he wintering in some warm place? The planting of a pine seedling, its roots protected by that paper bag, offers an alternative interpretation.) The subtitle will disappoint those who equate "amazing" with narratives outside a common, middle-class, heteronormative life. However, the bag's durability is amazing—and, according to the author's fascinating note, not impossible. Beautifully effective as both nostalgia trip and lesson in conservation. (Picture book. 3-7) Copyright Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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