Bound To Stay Bound

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 Do I belong here? = es este mi lugar?
 Author: Colato Lainez, Rene

 Publisher:  Pinata Books (2023)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 22 x 28 cm

 BTSB No: 226371 ISBN: 9781558859685
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 School stories
 Belonging (Psychology) -- Fiction
 Latin Americans -- United States -- Fiction
 Immigrants -- Fiction
 Bilingual books -- English - Spanish

Price: $23.26

Explores the experiences of newcomers in U.S. schools and affirms that yes! They do belong here. In English and Spanish.

 Illustrator: Vanden Broeck, Fabricio

   School Library Journal (+) (06/01/23)

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School Library Journal - 06/01/2023 Gr 1–4—René goes to school for the first time and is very confused. He is trying to find his classroom, but the teachers and students don't speak Spanish. When he arrives, he tries to understand what is being asked of him and takes the tests he is given, but is laughed at and gets a big red F. He feels like he doesn't belong. With time, his Spanish-speaking friend Carlos and his soccer-loving friend Robert help him with his assignments and play with him at school. He thinks that maybe he belongs. As even more time passes, he is able to start reading and writing in English. His class cheers for him when he aces his spelling test. He finally feels as if he really does belong. When a new classmate joins the school only knowing Spanish, he reassures her that with time, she, too, will belong. VERDICT A bilingual text that offers an empathetic look at how immigrant children start to learn little by little, and adapt to their surroundings and friends. Recommended for all shelves.—Melanie Ortega - Copyright 2023 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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