Bound To Stay Bound

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 When things aren't right, go left
 Author: Colagiovanni, Marc

 Publisher:  Orchard Books (2022)

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

 BTSB No: 226364 ISBN: 9781338831184
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Life change events -- Fiction
 Optimism -- Fiction
 Emotions -- Fiction

Price: $23.28

A boy who encounters life's challenges forges ahead on his path with optimism, pushing aside all of the negative creatures who wish to stop his progress.

 Illustrator: Reynolds, Peter H

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.40
   Points: .5   Quiz: 519131

   Kirkus Reviews (01/15/23)
   School Library Journal (05/01/23)

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School Library Journal - 05/01/2023 K-Gr 3—Colagiovanni's affable journey will make children into orators: "When life's burdens start to feel too heavy… don't be afraid to put them down for a while." When nothing is going right for the main character, he decides to go left. Along the way he leaves behind his worries, doubts, fears, and frustrations. The more he leaves behind, the lighter and more confident he feels, taking on a high-dive challenge and finding that he can carry those old worries and doubts but he won't let them best him. Reynolds's iconic style features bold lines and clear images, all finished off in soft watercolors. The look of handwritten messages across the pages tells children just which words to emphasize and which ones to whisper, making this a perfect book for practicing read-aloud skills. VERDICT Although the message is simple, it's solid, and the collaborators give it appeal for all ages needing an inspiring story of strength, confidence, and perseverance.—Heidi Dechief - Copyright 2023 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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