Bag in the Wind

Bag in the Wind


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In a singular first children’s book, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Ted Kooser follows a plastic bag on its capricious journey from a landfill into a series of townspeople’s lives.

One cold morning in early spring, a bulldozer pushes a pile of garbage around a landfill and uncovers an empty plastic bag — a perfectly good bag, the color of the skin of a yellow onion, with two holes for handles — that someone has thrown away. Just then, a puff of wind lifts the rolling, flapping bag over a chain-link fence and into the lives of several townsfolk — a can-collecting girl, a homeless man, a store owner — not that all of them notice. Renowned poet Ted Kooser fashions an understated yet compassionate world full of happenstance and connection, neglect and care, all perfectly expressed in Barry Root’s tender illustrations. True to the book’s earth-friendly spirit, it is printed on paper containing 100 percent recycled post-consumer waste and includes an author’s note on recycling plastic bags.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763630010
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 02/23/2010
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 1,188,929
Product dimensions: 10.40(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Ted Kooser was the United States Poet Laureate from 2004 to 2006 and won a Pulitzer Prize for his book of poems Delights and Shadows. He is the author of twelve full-length volumes of poetry and several books of nonfiction, and his work has appeared in many periodicals. This is his first children’s book. He lives in Garland, Nebraska.

Barry Root has illustrated many books for children, including The Cat Who Liked Potato Soup by Terry Farish and The Birthday Tree by Paul Fleischman. He lives in Quarryville, Pennsylvania.


Garland, Nebraska

Date of Birth:


Place of Birth:

Ames, Iowa


B.S., Iowa State University, 1962; M.A., University of Nebraska, 1968

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Bag in the Wind 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Formerly a United States Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser has penned an imaginative story focusing on conservation, and related it through the adventures of an empty plastic bag. Now, this is just a perfectly ordinary bag, the kind you might carry groceries in. It was "...just the color of the skin of a yellow onion, and it had two holes for handles." The bag's odyssey begins one winter morning when a bulldozer pushes garbage around a landfill. The motion loosens the bag which is picked up by the wind. From there breezes carry it over the landfill's fence and to a country road where a young girl, Margaret, is picking up aluminum cans. She turns them in, saving her pennies for something special. Of course, once she has used the bag it is blown further along to a gas station, to a road where it is found by a homeless man, to a stream, to a river where a woman finds it and uses it to line"the front of her outside coat." One of the surprises BAG IN THE WIND has for us is the bag's final destination. Kooser closes his narration with information about recycling plastic bags. Barry Root's warm and winning illustrations done in watercolor and gouache beautifully express the meaning of the story. - Gail Cooke
hshell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book follows the life of a plastic bag which was thrown away. It flies all over the place and is used for many different things, showing the reader to not throw them away but to reuse or recycle them. I definitely think that the story and illustrations were both very strong in this book. The soft, muted colors that Root used were quite beautiful and really grabbed my interest.