Bound To Stay Bound

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 Something, someday
 Author: Gorman, Amanda

 Publisher:  Viking (2023)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [34] p., col. ill., 26 cm

 BTSB No: 386941 ISBN: 9780593203255
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Kindness -- Fiction
 Helping behavior -- Fiction
 Hope -- Fiction

Price: $23.28

Reveals how even the smallest gesture can have a lasting impact on the world's biggest problems.

 Illustrator: Robinson, Christian

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (07/01/23)
   School Library Journal (+) (07/01/23)
   Booklist (07/23/23)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/09/23)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 07/23/2023 This hopeful message from Gorman, the youngest presidential inaugural poet, is charmingly illustrated by Caldecott honoree Robinson's painted collage pieces. A young boy notices a heap of trash in his neighborhood and takes small steps to clean it up. He plants a garden in front of his home where trash used to be, persisting even when others discourage him. He invites friends to help out, and together they act with hope and encourage one another, even when things don't work out. The people in the neighborhood, varied in age, gender, ethnicity, and ability, nicely reflect the real world. The abundance of white space in each double-page spread emphasizes the text and illustrations, and while each is strong enough to stand alone, they combine seamlessly to create a compelling picture book. The front endpapers show a collection of trash, and the back endpapers show a beautiful garden, revealing the transformation that takes place when people partner to care for their community. This story would be a lovely choice for a garden or community-themed storytime and an exemplar for children's programming featuring poetry or collage. High-Demand Backstory: Award-winning Robinson and lauded poet Gorman are a perfect match, and fans of both will be eager to read their collaboration. - Copyright 2023 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 07/01/2023 PreS-Gr 3—This book follows an unnamed brown-skinned child as they see something they want to change in their community. The picture book's second-person point of view invites the audience to feel as if they're a part of the story and empowered to change something within their community. The use of collage perfectly communicates the idea of what once was trash being transformed anew. Characters of varied skin tones and body types make up the child's community, as everyone works together to change their world. VERDICT This picture book's timely message about coming together to make a change is a perfect addition to all libraries.—Myiesha Speight - Copyright 2023 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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