Bound To Stay Bound

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 Red tin box
 Author: Burgess, Matthew

 Publisher:  Chronicle Books (2023)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: [56] p., col. ill., 24 x 25 cm

 BTSB No: 173426 ISBN: 9781452179735
 Ages: 2-5 Grades: K

 Time capsules -- Fiction
 Grandmothers -- Fiction
 Grandparent-grandchild relationship -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

On her eighth birthday Maude buries a red tin box with some special treasures at the foot of a flowering dogwood tree and makes a promise to herself--and many years later she and her granddaughter travel to her childhood home to dig it up and pass it on.

 Illustrator: Turk, Evan

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (02/15/23)
   Booklist (04/01/23)
 The Hornbook (00/05/23)

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Booklist - 04/01/2023 Eight-year-old Maude carefully selects a group of treasures and places them in a red tin box. After she buries the box beneath a dogwood tree, Maude makes a promise known only to herself. As time passes, the illustrations suggest that she and her partner, a woman, become parents to a daughter, who eventually has her own daughter. Later, Maude takes the granddaughter back to her childhood home. The tree is bigger now, but they are able to dig up the box. After Maude gives the box to her granddaughter, the young girl buries it and makes a promise to herself. Why these objects were important to Maude is not explained, but seeing them helps her remember and share stories across generations. The text does not explain the objects’ significance, but the illustrations hold powerful emotion. What caused Maude to bury the box in the first place? Why is she seized by a sudden need to retrieve it? Both events seem to be tied to changes or transitions, highlighted by an angle of geese flying overhead. - Copyright 2023 Booklist.

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