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Plastic Island
: (Russian) Пластмассовый остров


Lee Myeongae


Sang Publishing


Picture Books



Overseas Licensing

French, Japanese, Chinese, Taiwanese


  • #ocean environment
  • #plastic
  • #sea birds
  • #plastic island
  • #environmental picture book
  • #pollution
  • #waste in the ocean
  • #2019 Gothenburg Book Fair
  • #2020 Moscow International Book Fair

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Chun Sanghyun

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    270 * 244

A story about environmental issues caused by plastic garbage in the ocean.

Book Intro

(Russian) Пластмассовый остров

Образ пластмассового острова основан на реально существующем в океане огромном скоплении мусора, принесённого подводными течениями.  Морским птицам этот пёстрый пластмассовый мусор кажется чем-то необычным и интересным, однако для них он опасен и даже смертелен, ведь они могут запутаться в нём или проглотить, приняв за еду. Книга представляет парадоксальный взгляд на созданную человеком цивилизацию.


(English) Plastic Island

The picture book helps children and even adults to think about the environment.

Plastic made by mankind flows into the sea, floats along the ocean currents and forms an artificial island made of plastic. The island is said to be 14 times larger than the country of Korea. This book is a picture book featuring a story about this phenomenon through the eyes of a bird. The author stated that, as a mother, she wanted to talk about the environment with children after watching a documentary film about these plastic islands.
 While many people point out the issues caused by the plastic waste discarded in the ocean or in garbage bins in our daily lives, few people are aware of the potentially critical consequence as they should be.

 The plastic waste we discard never sinks. It floats on the surface of the sea and flows along the North Pacific Gyre to form a huge , oval-shaped island. This island was first formed in the 1950s when people started to use a lot of plastic goods. Plastic is a material that does not decompose, and it is commonly used in our daily lives. As it does not decompose, but only breaks down into smaller pieces, pieces of plastic float around the sea, like sponges, and enter the bodies of the fish which we later catch and serve as a meal on our tables. Plastic waste contaminates the sea and causes pain and harm to marine organisms.

 It is sad that there are multiple islands made of plastic waste scattered throughout the five oceans. What's worse is that there is no clear solution for this issue. The only things we can do are physically collect the plastic waste from the sea or prevent it from getting there in the first place by thoroughly collecting waste or reducing the amount of plastic waste being created. But regardless, it is important to think about  how we can make and recycle plastic goods.

 The author tells a paradoxical story about plastic as a product of human civilization, from the perspective of a bird living in the sea. Birds will slowly die off without even knowing what plastic is. This is what makes an adult embarrassed as they read this book to a child. But now is the time to seriously talk about the environment with children. This matter is very important and we, as adults, have a responsibility to teach future generations about the environment.

About the Author

Lee Myeongae

(Englsih) Lee Myung-Ae majored in Korean painting, and currently works as an illustrator. Lee was selected as illustrator of the year at Bologna Children’s Book Fair twice, and received the Silver prize at Nami Concours, and the Golden Plate award and Golden Apple award at BIB. She wrote and illustrated the picture books Plastic Island, 10 Seconds, Tomorrow Will Be a Sunny Day, Vacation, and Flower, and illustrated They Are All Flowers, The Marvelous Home Shopping, and Am I Pretty?


(French) Mentionnée en tant qu'illustrateur de l'année de Bologne, elle a remporté le prix d'argent du concours Nami et la plaque d'or BIB. Elle a créé les livres d’image île en plastique, Dix seconde, Il fera beau demain, et illustré plusieurs livres tels que Mamie Otarie, Téléshopping-gadget, Grand-père crottes de nez. 


(Japanese) 『明日は晴れます』で2021年BIB金のりんご賞、2017年ナミコンクール銀賞を受賞し、『プラスチック島』で2015年ナミコンクール銀賞とBIB金牌賞(BIB PLAQUE)を受賞しました。そのほかにも『オットセイジジババ』、『鼻くそおじいちゃん』、『招待された子どもたち』、『みんな花だ』などいくつかの子供の本に絵を描きました。この絵本『花』は絵本作家の集い『バカンス』の『伝来プロジェクト』から始まりました。


(Vietnamese) Được bình chọn là Tác giả vẽ tranh minh hoạ của năm trong giải thưởng ở Bologna vào năm 2015 và 2017; nhận giải Bạc cuộc thi Nami (2015, 2017), nhận thưởng Tấm bảng vàng tại BIB(2015) và Giải thưởng quả táo vàng BIB (2021) .2017), nhận thưởng Tấm bảng vàng tại BIB(2015) và Giải thưởng quả táo vàng BIB (2021) .Sách đã sáng tác và vẽ minh hoạ gồm 《Đảo nhựa》, 《10 giây》, 《Kỳ nghỉ》, và 《Hoa》.






Biennial of Illustration Bratislava, 2015. Plaque Award

2015 Bologna Children's Book Fair Illustrator of the Year

2015 Nami Concours Green Island Prize


Selected by Bookstart (2015)

Recommended by Morning Reading (2015)

Selected by Gyeongsangnam-do Reading Garden (2015)

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