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The Last Straw by Zoe Matthiessen
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Jan 05, 2021 | ISBN 9781623174637

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“A powerful lesson wrapped in endless charm, Zoe Matthiessen’s The Last Straw is beautifully conceived, written, and illustrated. You can read it to rapt children or read it alone in your den. It’s that good, that important.”
—RON HAUGE, Emmy-winning television writer for The Simpsons and Seinfeld

“BRAVO for Sippy, the straw who rails against the very real evils of plastic pollution in this irresistible picture book! Zoe Matthiessen’s appealing art, funny rhymes, and essential message are all right on target. The Last Straw will inspire even the littlest of readers to help stem the tide of plastic trash and save the lives of the millions of animals literally caught up in our toxic mess.”
—SY MONTGOMERY, naturalist and author of The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness, finalist for the 2015 National Book Award

The Last Straw is a lovely book—a sweet eco-tale rendered in obsessive, passionate detail. It could signal a new genre of kids books, the environmental fairy tale.”
—BARRY BLITT, illustrator and recipient of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize

“This book is a triumph—a luminous, witty story that is easy to grasp and discuss with our kids and everyone else. A brave, brainy, strong moral statement and stunningly beautiful! An instant classic.”
—STEVE BRODNER, independent illustrator, journalist, and educator

“For several years now I’ve been a fan of Zoe Matthiessen’s environmental drawings and hermastery of pen and ink. I hope this book motivates others to care for our planet a little bit more.”
—TIM O’BRIEN, illustrator, educator, and president of the Society of Illustrators

“I recommend The Last Straw to people of all ages. Through her illustration and verse, Matthiessen gets us to look directly at what we’re doing when we throw away plastic, through the endearing character of Sippy the plastic straw and all the animals we encounter. Please read this book, give a copy to someone you know, and take a cue from Sippy on the last page, ‘What can you and your family do to use less plastic?’ There are some great tips there which are not difficult to implement.”
—Brad Mehldau, jazz pianist, composer, and arranger

“Kids—or really anybody—interested in the environment will enjoy The Last Straw‘s witty words and luscious art. Zoe Matthiessen is a top talent, truly one-of-a kind.” 
—Michael Gerber, editor & publisher of The American Bystander

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