Bound To Stay Bound

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 Town of Turtle
 Author: Cuevas, Michelle

 Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2018)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [41] p. (1 folded), col. ill., 28 cm

 BTSB No: 252236 ISBN: 9780544749825
 Ages: 4-7 Grades: K-2

 Building -- Fiction
 Turtles -- Fiction
 Loneliness -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

Lonely Turtle's only friend is his shadow until he decides to build a deck, then a garden, then houses and other buildings until, while he naps, new friends arrive.

 Illustrator: Chien, Catia
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.40
   Points: .5   Quiz: 501786
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: K-2
   Reading Level: 2.40
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 72197

   Kirkus Reviews (02/01/18)
   School Library Journal (01/01/18)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 01/01/2018 PreS-Gr 2—Turtle is a dreamer, a deep thinker, and is somewhat particular. In choosing a color to freshen his walls, he contemplates the best green to match: "Not as bright as grass or lily shoot. But also not as dark as evergreen, or, say, envy." To use the leftover paint, he adds a deck to the exterior. As often happens in decorating, one thing leads to another. He imagines inviting neighbors to toast marshmallows, so he needs a fireplace. That necessitates wood, requiring trees. Soon there is a library, skating rink, and wax museum. Chien's ever-transforming acrylic, pencil, and collage compositions are well suited to the protagonist's fanciful vision. While Turtle's world starts in darkness, he is eventually constructing under a sky dotted with O'Keeffe-like clouds and gliding past lily pads in a pond worthy of Monet. While resting, his dreams about friends moving to town are rendered in vivid bursts of expressionistic forms. A gatefold opening reveals the vertical city in all its resplendent glory. Washed in blue, the denouement reveals cozy bedtime rituals. Perhaps that's what Turtle wanted all along—someone to call to in the dark. VERDICT Elegant language, childlike logic, and enthralling art invite readers into a marvelous community.—Wendy Lukehart, District of Columbia Public Library - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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