Bound To Stay Bound

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 Eyes that weave the world's wonders
 Author: Ho, Joanna

 Publisher:  Harper (2024)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [33] p., col. ill., 29 cm

 BTSB No: 447631 ISBN: 9780063057777
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Adoption -- Fiction
 Asian Americans -- Fiction

Price: $23.98

A young girl who is a transracial adoptee learns to appreciate the differences in her family and celebrate them. Her adopted family may look different from her but their bond is deep and their connection is filled with love. She wonders about her birth mom and comes to appreciate both her birth culture and her adopted family's culture, for even though they may seem very different, they are both a part of her, and that is what makes her beautiful. Companion to Eyes That Kiss In The CornerS.

 Added Entry - Personal Name: Kleinrock, Liz
 Illustrator: Ho, Dung

   Kirkus Reviews (11/01/23)
   School Library Journal (+) (12/01/23)
   Booklist (01/01/24)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 12/01/2023 PreS-Gr 3—Having soothed and liberated, separately, sons and daughters from "othering," Ho now creates a beautiful book about family: what makes individuals and what connects us to one another. The story begins with a narrator's family together taking pictures in their ¨matching clothes and matching shoes [with] matching laughter. Everything matching in every way. Except me." At a very young age, she was adopted by this American family. Throughout the book, her American facets are juxtaposed with the parts of her that her family does not share but clearly supports and nurtures. The illustrations are vibrant and detailed. Young people will enjoy trying to find all of the hidden elements within the pictures. Similar to her previous books (Eyes that Kiss at the Corners, Eyes that Speak to the Stars), there is particular attention given to providing a glimpse of the young girl's Asian culture through objects she brought with her in infancy, her memories, and her dreams. The use of alliteration is particularly charming, creating a thread that gives the story flow. VERDICT This book is a perfect addition to any children's shelf, whether aimed at families, adoption, multicultural stories, or topics of love and acceptance.—Peggy Henderson Murphy - Copyright 2023 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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