Bound To Stay Bound

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 Norman didn't do it! : (yes, he did.)
 Author: Higgins, Ryan T.

 Publisher:  Disney/Hyperion (2021)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [40] p., col. ill., 26 cm

 BTSB No: 443394 ISBN: 9781368026239
 Ages: 3-6 Grades: K-1

 Subjects:
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Jealousy -- Fiction
 Trees -- Fiction
 Porcupines -- Fiction

Price: $22.08

Summary:
Norman, a porcupine whose best friend is a tree named Mildred, begins to feel jealous when another tree grows close to Mildred and acts out against the new tree.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 1.90
   Points: .5   Quiz: 515204

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (07/15/21)
   Booklist (09/01/21)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (+) (00/07/21)
 The Hornbook (00/09/21)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 09/01/2021 Norman does everything with his best friend, Mildred. The fact that she is a silent tree and Norman a chatty porcupine doesn’t seem to get in the way: they bird-watch together, read together, play “tree” together. Then their idyllic existence is threatened by the appearance of a sapling. The two trees seem to get along swimmingly, and Norman fears that Mildred might come to prefer the small, leafy interloper. The possessive porcupine can only think of one solution: sneakily uproot the sapling and replant it on a faraway island. Finally everything is back to normal! But Norman wonders if he’s made a mistake. Could a trio be just as much fun as a pair? Darling Norman is a silly but sympathetic character, even at his most mischievous, and young readers dealing with new siblings or shifting friend groups will particularly relate. The drama is captured in colorful, cartoonish detail that allows Norman to fully and hilariously express a range of ever-shifting emotions. A good-natured reminder that being open to new friends can expand the fun. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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