Bound To Stay Bound

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 All the way to Havana
 Author: Engle, Margarita

 Publisher:  Holt (2017)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [34] p., col. ill., 22 x 28 cm

 BTSB No: 311479 ISBN: 9781627796422
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Automobile travel -- Fiction
 Automobiles -- Maintenance and repair -- Fiction
 Family life -- Cuba -- Fiction
 Havana (Cuba) -- Fiction
 Cuba -- Fiction

Price: $21.46

A boy helps his father keep their very old car running as they make a trip to Havana for his newborn cousin's zero-year birthday.

 Illustrator: Curato, Mike
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 4.20
   Points: .5   Quiz: 191874
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: K-2
   Reading Level: 4.70
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 72293

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (05/15/17)
   School Library Journal (+) (06/01/17)
   Booklist (+) (05/01/17)
 The Hornbook (00/09/17)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 05/01/2017 *Starred Review* Acclaimed Cuban American poet Engle here celebrates the persistence and ingenuity of Cubans, who have learned to make do in the face of poverty and scarcity. A young boy and his family prepare to travel from their rural home to Havana to celebrate the birth of a new cousin. Mama has baked a cake, and the gift is wrapped, but the family’s 1953 Chevy, affectionately known as Cara Cara, is making horrible noises: “Some of this island’s old cars purr like kittens, but ours is so tired that she just chatters like a busy chicken.” Papa lifts the hood, and father and son tinker until finally the car is roadworthy. “So we purr cara cara / and we glide taka taka / and we zoom zoom.” The party is festive and happy; the ride home smooth and sleepy. Engle’s tone is upbeat throughout: she highlights modest country vistas, picturesque contemporary Havana, busy people going about their daily chores, and the profusion of noisy vintage cars. Curato’s vibrant pencil and digital illustrations depict iconic images of Cuba—small farms, city neighborhoods, and government buildings—all in photographic detail. And while the antique cars may take center stage, the Cuban people also shine in their determination and resilience. A lyrical and beautiful offering that should help to humanize views of this island nation. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 06/01/2017 PreS-Gr 2—Accompanied by the vibrant onomatopoeia of an old rebuilt car, a brown-skinned boy travels with his family from their village in Cuba to the capital city, Havana, to celebrate the "zero-year birthday" of his cousin. The focus of this colorful picture book is on the car (nicknamed "Cara Cara"), one of Cuba's many mid-20th-century American vehicles maintained through constant tinkering. "Ours is so tired that she just chatters like a busy chicken—cara cara, cara cara, cluck, cluck, cluck." Award-winning poet Engle transports readers to Cuba through her lively verse, and Curato (author/illustrator of the "Little Elliot" series) does the same with his nearly photorealistic illustrations rendered in pencil, with digital color bringing out the bright tones of the tropics. Each spread includes endless detail, from the clothes hanging on the clothesline in the boy's backyard to Havana's beautiful architecture. The stars of the book, of course, are the 1950s cars, which Curato studied on a research trip to Cuba and depicts precisely in all their mixed-and-matched glory. While younger readers will simply enjoy the journey, older children may desire more information about the context of the story, some of which can be found in the author's and illustrator's notes. VERDICT A fun addition to the ever-popular genre of transportation picture books—this one with a unique perspective and message of perseverance.—Clara Hendricks, Cambridge Public Library, MA - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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