Bound To Stay Bound

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 Author: Hall, Michael

 Publisher:  Greenwillow Books (2020)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [36] p., col. ill., 30 cm

 BTSB No: 413913 ISBN: 9780062866172
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Social acceptance -- Fiction
 Belonging (Social psychology) -- Fiction
 Playgrounds -- Fiction

Price: $22.08

As four very different letters arrive at the playground, each makes the next feel unwelcome, but once they begin to swing together, they have a wonderful time.

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   Kirkus Reviews (03/15/20)
   Booklist (03/15/20)
 The Hornbook (00/05/20)

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Booklist - 03/15/2020 Letter One is playing alone on the swing set when a second letter asks to play. But Letter One says no because—unlike him—Letter Two lives at the far end of the alphabet. When Letter Three wants to play, One and Two say no because—unlike them—it is a vowel. When Letter Four asks to join them, all three say no because—unlike them—it is round instead of made up of straight lines. As a tussle breaks out, Letter Four simply climbs onto an empty swing and suggests they all swing together, which they do, higher and higher, until they begin laughing and fall into their correct order: L-O-V-E. As he did with Red (2015), Hall again anthropomorphizes familiar and colorful inanimate objects to create a simple and intuitive story of acceptance and love. His art style is immediately recognizable, with its playful combination of paint and cut-paper collage creating beautiful textured pops of color on large white backgrounds. This will be a discussion starter and crowd-pleaser for schools, families, and libraries alike. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

Booklist - 03/15/2020 - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

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