Bound To Stay Bound

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 Santa's story
 Author: Hillenbrand, Will

 Publisher:  Two Lions (2019)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 24 x 29 cm

 BTSB No: 445326 ISBN: 9781542043380
 Ages: 4-7 Grades: K-2

 Santa Claus -- Fiction
 Christmas -- Fiction
 Storytelling -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

Santa is ready to leave on Christmas Eve, but he can't find the reindeer anywhere. Then he remembers the Christmas tradition that brings them all together.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 1.90
   Points: .5   Quiz: 508687

   Kirkus Reviews (09/01/19)
   School Library Journal (10/01/19)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 10/01/2019 PreS-Gr 1—Santa is ready to make his Christmas deliveries, but his reindeer fail to heed his repeated calls to hitch up to the sleigh. "Dancer danced, Vixen vexed," "Cupid crooned," "Donner dozed," and each of the others continued doing their own thing. Santa tries repeatedly to call his team to action, but the sound of his horn, the ringing of his sleigh bells, and even his jolly "HO! HO! HO!" are ignored. Finally, taking his cue from Comet, pictured commenting, "WOW!" as he reads a book, Santa announces, "STORY TIME!" Surrounded by his attentive animals, he reads their favorite, "A Visit from St. Nicholas." The text is brief, with comical alliterative descriptions of the reindeer's activities and their comments on the reading. Humor abounds in the digitally created cartoon illustrations as well. Santa's horn stretches across a spread. He appears on skis searching through binoculars atop a hill. Cupid croons "It'll be a kissin' Christmas!" into a mike suspended from a tree branch. "Let's bring a/merry Christmas to ALL,/and to ALL a good night," Santa calls, as he and the reindeer, finally ready, fly across the sky. VERDICT Interesting vocabulary, a touch of suspense, and a satisfying conclusion make this simple story a good addition to holiday collections. Of course, it should be followed by a reading of the reindeer's favorite poem.—Marianne Saccardi, Children's Literature Consultant, Cambridge, MA - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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