The last straw


Children's Books

Zoe Matthiessen

North Atlantic

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Page Count: 32
Trim Size: 8 x 10
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Meet Sippy, the world’s last plastic straw

Sippy, a plastic straw who was used once and then discarded, worries what will happen to him when he realizes he can’t be recycled. As he flies, floats, and flutters around the planet, he meets animals who are struggling with the plastic problem. He chats with a raccoon with a six-pack ring around his neck, a cardinal whose nest is made entirely of junk, turtles who confuse grocery bags with food, a hermit crab forced to live in a plastic cap, and a startled duck who runs around with a chip bag on her head. Finally, Sippy is swallowed by a hungry whale who is dining on ocean trash! Just when all hope seems lost, he skyrockets to freedom and calls out “Together we can fix this! Let’s clean our world–let’s try!”

Parents and teachers of children 7 to 10 years old can use Sippy’s colorful adventure–based on real examples of animals in our environment–to raise awareness about the impacts of plastics on nature and to teach children about alternatives to single-use plastics.

TIMELY TOPIC: The movement to ban straws and other single-use plastics is growing, with cities and states around the country beginning to address the issue. Environmentalism will continue to be a big topic in the coming years and the environmental impact of plastics is one of the biggest issues.

AGE-APPROPRIATE TEACHING TOOL: Many parents and teachers are asking themselves how they can teach their children about climate issues in a manner that is child-friendly. This friendly version of a straw’s life helps kids understand the environmental impact of discarded plastics and the importance of recycling. The book also includes a list of resources related to recycling and environmentalism.

UP & COMING ARTIST/ACTIVIST: Zoe Matthiessen was selected as one of the “Top Ten Emerging Artists of 2018” by Art New England Magazine, with her work on the cover of the March/April issue of the print publication. She has had many successful shows and her illustrations have appeared in The Nation, The Guardian, and The Environmental Defense Fund publications. Matthiessen is currently organizing an environmental activist group, “The Pick-Up Artists,” which will bring artists together to target heavily littered outdoor locations for cleanup and art creation.

Zoe Matthiessen

Deeply frustrated by the impact of corporate and political chaos upon our environment and society, Zoe Matthiessen rants with her dip pen addressing topics that impact us all such as plastic pollution, environmental deregulation, corporate greed, deforestation and corrupt politicians. Zoe is a self taught artist, awarded by the Society of Illustrators and American Illustration. She was selected by Art New England Magazine as one of the "Top Ten Emerging Artists of 2018” and awarded their Artist-in-Residence of 2019. She contributes regularly to The American Bystander and to The Nation, and is currently producing an environmental children’s book, “The Last Straw,” which will be released Jan 2021. Recent exhibitions include “Seeing Nature Through Art” at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History (Oct-26 2019-June 30 2020), a solo show at The New Haven Lawn Club (April 30-June 30 2019), Endicott College (Oct 2018-Jan 2019) and inclusion in the "Art As Witness: Political Graphics" exhibit at SVA Chelsea Gallery, in NYC.
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