Bound To Stay Bound

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 One word from Sophia
 Author: Averbeck, Jim

 Publisher:  Atheneum Books for Young Readers (2015)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [36] p., col. ill., 22 x 28 cm.

 BTSB No: 076854 ISBN: 9781481405140
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Interpersonal communication -- Fiction
 Family life -- Fiction
 Giraffes -- Fiction
 Birthdays -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction
Humorous Fiction
Family Life

Price: $21.58

All Sophia wants for her birthday is a pet giraffe, but as she tries to convince different members of her rather complicated family to support her cause, each tells her she is using too many words until she finally hits on the perfect one. Includes glossary.

 Illustrator: Ismail, Yasmeen

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 4.30
   Points: .5   Quiz: 175566
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: K-2
   Reading Level: 3.70
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 65346

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (03/15/15)
   School Library Journal (04/01/15)

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School Library Journal - 04/01/2015 PreS-Gr 1—Poor Sophia. Her birthday is coming, and she only has One True Desire (a pet giraffe), but four major obstacles stand in her way, namely her mother (a judge), father (a businessman), uncle (a politican), and grandmother (a strict disciplinarian). She gives each member of her biracial family an individualized presentation including visuals and supporting material, but each one says no and critiques her presentation as being too wordy. In a last ditch attempt, Sophia does a group presentation of one word ("Please!"), accompanied by a compelling pair of pleading eyes. This effort garners (surprise!) success, so she follows it up with two equally important words—"Thank you!" Averbeck's text is a fun take on kindergarten meets the board of directors. Kids will get it even if they don't understand a few of the words (effusive, loquacious, verbose). Ismail's watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations are childlike in the best possible way—featuring bold colors and faces showing great expressions, Sophia's drawings, a pooping giraffe, and just the right amount of detail. They are a perfect complement to the text. VERDICT An amusing story to which kids and adults can relate. Plus it's nice to see a biracial family and female judge in the same book.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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