Bound To Stay Bound

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 Author: Carzoo, Breanna

 Publisher:  Harper (2023)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 29 cm

 BTSB No: 197534 ISBN: 9780063054066
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Traffic signs and signals -- Fiction
 Self-perception -- Fiction
 Identity (Psychology) -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction

Price: $23.98

Meet Greenlight! Greenlight has an important job to do, but every time it's her turn to shine ... everyone drives away! When Greenlight decides to stop shining altogether, will she be able to find the power and connection of her own light?

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (05/01/23)
   School Library Journal (07/01/23)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/07/23)

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School Library Journal - 07/01/2023 PreS-Gr 3—The book's cover is colorful and appealing, and the green light herself has tons of personality. She's recently taken to feeling bad about her work and, thus, herself. The red light makes everyone stop; yellow urges caution. Both of those are important jobs. Green light tells the cars to "go" and then is left behind, leaving her down in the dumps. The story, however, has no real believable resolution. Nothing can be done about this situation and there is no pivotal transformation to satisfy readers that the green light has changed. Perhaps the use of anthropomorphism precludes noting the importance of the lights in the real world and the dire consequences of ignoring them. VERDICT It seems there is a mismatch in this book. Using traffic lights to address the topic of feelings through inanimate objects does not immediately jump to mind. Books like Jacqueline Woodson's Each Kindness are far better suited to the task.—Joan Kindig - Copyright 2023 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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