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Plastic: past, present and future

Plastic past, present, and future

Published: 29 May 2019

Hardback, 36 pages

Recommended for age 5+ and 7+

By Eun-ju Kim

Illustrated by Ji-won Lee

Translated by Joungmin Lee Comfort

Published by Scribe Publications

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The world consumes over 300 million tonnes of plastic each year. But when did we start using plastic? And why? Where does all the plastic waste go? Journey through the life cycle of plastic - how plastics are produced and recycled, the many uses of plastics throughout the last century, how our plastic use and pollution has spiralled out of control, and what we can do about it.

Tagged everyday materials , plastic and pollution

Reviewed by Rebecca Simpson-Hargreaves

Plastic Past, Present and Future is nonfiction picturebook that covers the journey of how plastic is made to how its use can impact on the environment.

A really rich text which will surprise the reader; this is not like any nonfiction book you will have met before! Key facts are woven through a story that beautifully illustrates the life-cycle of plastic. It looks (and is) inviting to the reader with bright colours and graphic-style drawings.

This book is impressive in that it can make what might at first glance, be a mundane topic into one that is interesting and captivating. Easy to follow illustrations help readers to understand the processes related to the creation of plastic accompanied by an informative narrative. It would soon become a firm favourite in any classroom.

Plastic Past, Present and Future is suitable for primary aged children, KS1 upwards. It could be shared a general class book during storytime or as a reading for pleasure text. This would be a useful addition when teaching materials or if looking at environmental issues such as recycling and the concerns about the planet.

I am a lecturer in Primary Education specialising in English at the University of Manchester. Lover of picture books, poetry, non fiction and fantasy. Passionate about using children's literature to develop children's empathy, self-awareness and social justice and human rights.

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