Bound To Stay Bound

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 Sal boat : a boat by Sal
 Author: Heder, Thyra

 Publisher:  Abrams Books for Young Readers (2022)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [42] p., col. ill., 29 cm

 BTSB No: 434038 ISBN: 9781419757501
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Boats -- Fiction
 Building -- Fiction
 Helping behavior -- Fiction

Price: $23.28

As Sal builds his boat, he is certain no one understands his vision, but when he cannot get his craft afloat he is dejected--thankfully the friends and family he has been ignoring are still there, ready to help him launch his creation and celebrate his achievement.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.70
   Points: .5   Quiz: 519489

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (06/01/22)
   Booklist (+) (08/01/22)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 08/01/2022 *Starred Review* Sal loves the water, and whether he’s at his mom’s house, at his dad’s house, or riding in the backseat with his older brother, he can’t stop thinking about it. What he needs is a boat, and as a kid with no job but to dream big, he decides to build his own. Scenic watercolors, both loosely rendered and full of wonderful details, show the young engineer at work. Full-page illustrations depict Sal gathering supplies from all over his seaside neighborhood, medium-sized scenes home in on his initial building, and smaller spot art takes readers up close as the boy mixes mud, hammers boards, spackles cracks, and performs other construction jobs. While the narration appears in a typed font, hand-written dialogue reflects his neighbors’ curiosity and comments (some helpful and some not so much). Soon readers, along with Sal’s neighbors, can see what the boy doesn’t: his boat resembles a house. When Sal realizes his boat is not launchable, his growing frustration is palpable through the use of differently sized illustrations once again. Just as he’s about to destroy all his effort, his neighbors pitch in (without comments this time), helping Sal hoist his boat for a proper launch and achieve his dream. A lovely, luminous evening boat regatta concludes this thoughtful tale of imagination, determination, and community. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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