Bound To Stay Bound

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 All by himself?
 Author: Arnold, Elana K.

 Publisher:  Beach Lane Books (2022)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [40] p., col. ill., 28 cm

 BTSB No: 069768 ISBN: 9781534489899
 Ages: 3-8 Grades: K-3

 Cooperativeness -- Fiction

Price: $23.28

Illustrates that we are all connected and that no one goes through life--or builds anything--all by themselves.

 Illustrator: Potter, Giselle

   Kirkus Reviews (-) (07/15/22)
   Booklist (09/15/22)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 09/15/2022 This cumulative tale explores the progression of making a wooden toy from start to finish. A farmer plants the tree, an arborist tends the tree, a woodcutter cuts the tree down, a woodcarver carves geometric blocks out of the lumber, an artist paints the blocks with colorful bricks, and a driver delivers the blocks to a toy store, where the shopkeeper displays them artfully in the window. Finally, the grandmother buys the blocks to give to her grandchild, who built a masterpiece (“All by himself?” Actually, grandmother helps, too). The story climaxes with an imaginative block structure and then cleverly unravels, repeating each step backward, all the way to the tree itself. Potter’s delicate full-page watercolors display peaceful landscapes and backgrounds, capturing details of each step in the process and concluding with the majestic tree at the heart of the story. A lesson in executive functioning skills or, better yet, a chance for children to shout out the rhythmic pattern as they unwind all the steps in the toy’s creation. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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