Bound To Stay Bound

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 Christmas wish
 Author: Evert, Lori

 Illustrator: Breiehagen, Per

 Publisher:  Random House
 Pub Year: 2013

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: [45] p., col. ill., 31 cm.

 BTSB No: 318532 ISBN: 9780449816813
 Ages: 6-8 Grades: 1-3

 Subjects:
 Voyages and travels -- Fiction
 Tundra animals -- Fiction
 Santa Claus -- Fiction
 Christmas -- Fiction
 Arctic regions -- Fiction

Price: $20.71

Summary:
Young Anja, whose greatest dream is to be one of Santa's elves, makes friends with the animals that guide her on the journey from her home in the far North to meet Santa.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 4.30
   Points: .5   Quiz: 161311

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (+) (09/01/13)
   School Library Journal (10/01/13)
 The Hornbook (00/11/13)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 10/01/2013 PreS-Gr 1—Anja longs to be one of Santa's elves. Dressed in full Nordic regalia complete with red gnomic hat, she certainly looks the part. A thoughtful and helpful child, she acts the part as well. When she skis off in her quest to find Santa, a bird, horse, musk ox, polar bear, and reindeer show her the way. The full-page photographs look like they could be movie stills, so sharp and seamless are the figures that Anja and the animals cut against the winter landscape of Northern lights, glaciers, and snowy pine trees. While the scenes of Anja offering an apple to the reindeer or curled up next to the sleeping polar bear are whimsical and look unaltered, other images are obviously manipulated. Further, the story reads as if it were written around the pictures, rather than the other way around. Nonetheless, the striking winter visuals and the adorable heroine carry the day.—Joanna Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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