Bound To Stay Bound

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 Where's baby?
 Author: Hunter, Anne

 Publisher:  Tundra (2020)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 25 cm

 BTSB No: 472632 ISBN: 9780735264984
 Ages: 3-6 Grades: K-1

 English language -- Prepositions
 Foxes -- Fiction

Price: $21.58

In this clever introduction to prepositions, a near-sighted Papa is looking for his baby. Is Baby up in the tree? Is Baby under the log? Is Baby around the corner? Where could Baby be?

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: .90
   Points: .5   Quiz: 511301

   Kirkus Reviews (11/01/19)
   School Library Journal (00/12/19)
   Booklist (12/01/19)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/12/19)
 The Hornbook (00/03/20)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 12/01/2019 Baby Fox plays a one-sided game of hide-and-seek with Papa who, with his cane and not-so-great eyesight, searches high and low for his child. Mama knows where Baby is, safe and sound close by his father, who is looking for him everywhere. This entertaining book for very young children features concepts such as in, out, over, under, up, and down. Artwork in ballpoint pen and colored pencils uses crosshatching and curved lines to show the tale of a concerned parent and his impish offspring. Large-lettered dialogue appears in speech bubbles and consists of Papa calling for his son . . . and another animal answering the call. The drawings are in black and white, while the sky and river are pale blue, and Baby Fox is a light rust color. Youngsters will get a kick out of being able to point out the small fox throughout the story, while his father doesn’t realize until they arrive back home that Baby was never far away from him. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 12/01/2019 PreS-K—Papa Fox is searching for Baby in this simple, unassuming concept book about prepositions. Papa Fox looks up in a tree, inside a log, down a hole, and a plethora of other locations, but only finds other animals who are not his child. Meanwhile, hiding in the illustrations, Baby is clearly visible and follows Papa Fox as he searches. Finally, he returns to Mama Fox, declaring he cannot find Baby, until Mama Fox points out Baby has been hiding behind him all along. Papa Fox and his little one embrace, with Baby hoping they can go searching through the woods to meet different animals again. The artwork, which was rendered in ballpoint pen and colored pencil, is featured on expansive two-page spreads. The colors are muted and soft, adding to the quiet tone of the story. Young readers will enjoy spotting Baby in the illustrations, making this a fun read-aloud during group sharing. Although designed to teach children about prepositions, this element is never obtrusive or detracting to the storytelling. VERDICT A delightful picture book to teach children about prepositions in a subtle, charming way. Recommended.—Laura J. Giunta, Garden City Public Library, NY - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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