Bound To Stay Bound

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School Library Journal - 04/01/2015 PreS-Gr 2—Nick, the youngest of four mice, doesn't have the grand, brave, and adventurous plans of his older brothers. After Mick, Vick, and Rick claim the red, yellow, and blue T-shirts that reflect their personalities, the only shirt left for Nick is green. Most of the time, he doesn't mind being last, until they ride to the meadow to gather flowers for their mother. Because Nick can't keep up on his tricycle, Rick, Mick, and Vick pluck the red, yellow, and blue blossoms before Nick arrives. He has to settle for a small green sprout. Although Mommy puts all the flowers in a vase, Nick worries that his gift is too small and insignificant. To everyone's astonishment, the green sprout blossoms overnight into a magnificent flower, which Mommy labels a "late bloomer." Then Nick leads his admiring brothers on a return trip to the meadow. Text and acrylic illustrations work well together as colors differentiate the look-alike mice. From their reasons for selecting shirts (fire engine red for bravery) to food choices such as apple, each brother sticks with his preferred color. VERDICT Pair this title with Robert Kraus's exuberant classic Leo the Late Bloomer (Windmill, 1971) to provide a more low-key exploration of the same theme.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University Library, Mankato - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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