Bound To Stay Bound

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 Can I sit with you?
 Author: Jacoby, Sarah

 Publisher:  Chronicle Books (2021)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [37] p., col. ill., 25 x 28 cm

 BTSB No: 486542 ISBN: 9781452164649
 Ages: 3-6 Grades: K-1

 Stories in rhyme
 Dogs -- Fiction
 Human-animal relationship -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction

Price: $22.16

A scruffy stray dog follows a girl home, promising to stay by her side and be her loyal friend and companion for as long as she needs him.

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Booklist - 02/01/2021 A small brown dog meets a young girl, and a friendship blossoms. Jacoby’s lyrical poem is narrated by the little pooch that approaches a girl as she’s out walking with an adult. He politely asks her, “Can I sit with you?” The dog promises to be there for her whether she's happy or sad or lonely. Lovely, soft illustrations in differing shapes and sizes show the two in possible futures, playing together in summer grass, fall leaves, and winter snow. Even if she leaves him to spend time with her friends, he vows, “So if you hear another call or disappear from view / I’ll understand the stray in you / it’s in my nature, too.” The girl is shown rushing home after their time apart, affirming the enthusiasm and happiness the two share at being together. Charming watercolor illustrations, created with NuPastel and mixed media, deftly reveal their growing friendship and dependency. The gently rhyming text and engaging pictures will appeal to youngsters who have or want a dog of their own. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 02/01/2021 PreS-Gr 2—A young child and a stray dog find comfort and companionship in one another in this moving tale of unconditional love. Throughout the highs, lows, and in-betweens, the pair enjoy life together. Their connection helps ease the loneliness of tough school days and elevates the joy of experiencing new adventures. The transformative power of the dog's steadfast friendship builds the foundation for the child to open up to others and stand stronger. While the child grows both in age and independence, the dog's loyalty never falters. The purity of the dog's devotion is rewarded with the now older child's return and their mutual affection. Like a reassuring lullaby, the poetic text is graceful and earnest: "And even if you wander, ramble or roam, I know looking high and low can show you what you left at home." The expressive illustrations succeed in reinforcing the heartfelt tone of the story through softly blended watercolors and pastels. The child has pale skin and black hair, and inhabits a diverse world with background characters depicted in a range of skin tones and hair colors. VERDICT A touching ode to the formative experience of learning to love and being loved in return.—Sophie Kenney, Aurora P.L., IL - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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