Bound To Stay Bound

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 What does brown mean to you?
 Author: Grady, Ron

 Publisher:  Nancy Paulsen (2023)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 27 cm

 BTSB No: 144427 ISBN: 9780593462881
 Ages: 3-7 Grades: K-2

 Stories in rhyme
 Brown -- Fiction

Price: $23.28

A young boy goes about his day, playing, painting, and baking while making positive associations with the color of his brown skin.

   Kirkus Reviews (12/01/22)
   School Library Journal (01/01/23)

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School Library Journal - 01/01/2023 PreS-Gr 2—This vibrant, positive narrative follows a brown-skinned boy through his day as he celebrates the many shades of brown in his family and world. "Brown is my dad who is stirring a mix" and "Brown is the ground where I rest my feet." The boy discovers the many shades of brown all around him, and readers gain appreciation for the beauty of its depths. Grady's book joins others of its kind, such as Samara Cole Doyon's Magnificent Homespun Brown, Ashok Banker's I Am Brown, and Tiffany Rose's M Is for Melanin. Perhaps what sets his book apart is his perspective as a teacher at a nature preschool; his main character is a preschooler exploring his world with curiosity, energy, and joy, which this age group has in droves. The illustrations capture each moment vibrantly, from the muddy puddles to the warm "gooey goodness" of chocolate chip cookies. VERDICT This is a welcome addition to all collections promoting positive skin tone discussions and leading to personal explorations of the title's question. Provocative and generous.—Heidi Dechief - Copyright 2023 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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