Bound To Stay Bound

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 Homemade together Christmas
 Author: Cocca-Leffler, Maryann

 Publisher:  Whitman
 Pub Year: 2015

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 23 cm.

 BTSB No: 225297 ISBN: 9780807533666
 Ages: 4-7 Grades: K-2

 Christmas -- Fiction
 Gifts -- Fiction
 Family life -- Fiction
 Pigs -- Fiction

Price: $20.01

A family of pigs decides that this year they will make their gifts for Christmas rather than buy gifts. But the littlest pig struggles to come up with an idea.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.70
   Points: .5   Quiz: 178124

   Kirkus Reviews (09/01/15)
   School Library Journal (10/01/15)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/12/15)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 10/01/2015 PreS-Gr 1—When Luca's family decide to give one another only homemade Christmas presents this year, his sister, mom, and dad get to work on their surprises right away. Although he has plenty of good ideas—build a snow bear, make honey granola, make origami birds—none of them work out right. Luca's mother consoles him by saying the best part of Christmas is spending time together, which gives him a terrific idea that incorporates parts of his earlier failed gifts. The whimsical watercolor illustrations depicting a family of clothed, dainty-hooved, rotund pigs will charm readers, as will the way each family member's gift harmonizes with the others to create a special Christmas morning. VERDICT A sweet and nonpreachy depiction of an old-fashioned, noncommercial way to celebrate the holiday.—Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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