Bound To Stay Bound

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 Bat and Sloth hang around (Bat And Sloth. Time To Read. Level 2, Time to read. Level 2, Reading with help)
 Author: Kimmelman, Leslie

 Publisher:  Whitman (2020)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [30] p., col. ill., 23 cm

 BTSB No: 518298 ISBN: 9780807505854
 Ages: 6-8 Grades: 1-3

 Bats -- Fiction
 Sloths -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction

Price: $18.58

Bat wakes one night to find a two-toed sloth hanging next to him on his branch, and while Sloth is sure they can become friends, Bat is not convinced.

 Illustrator: Braun, Sebastien

   Kirkus Reviews (-) (02/01/20)
   School Library Journal (02/01/20)
   Booklist (03/01/20)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 02/01/2020 Gr 1–3—The first of two beginning readers featuring anthropomorphic Bat and Sloth. In their inaugural tale, Bat and Sloth meet and discover what they have in common: hanging from tree branches upside-down, sleeping, and being heroes to each other. Bat also learns the value of taking responsibility for his actions and apologizing after he bumps Sloth off their branch. These four very slight stories introduce all sorts of facts about sloths and bats—what they eat, how they move, when and how they sleep, if they can swim, etc. How Bat manages to bump into Sloth despite his echolocation is not addressed. The text uses simple dialogue, short sentences, and ample spacing. The illustrations, which appear to be digital, are crisp and clear and support the text. Sloth and Bat are depicted in an appealing, cartoonlike fashion. VERDICT This visually appealing new beginning reader series is filled with animal facts contained in slight stories. Purchase as needed.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 03/01/2020 This charming level-2 beginning reader offers a tale of unlikely friendship, told in four colorfully illustrated chapters. Upon waking from a nap, Bat discovers a sloth sleeping next to him. Sloth wants to be friends, but Bat isn’t so sure. As the two discover they have several things in common—and Bat is assured sloths don’t eat bats—the friendship is solidified. Comical attempts at playing games (Sloth falls asleep during hide-and-seek), two instances of danger and heroics, and a gentle lesson in apologies comprise an engaging narrative. Colorful illustrations on every page help the reader follow along with the story, and simple dialogue between the characters and short sentences make for easy reading. Any budding reader will enjoy reading about Bat and Sloth, particularly fans of the Nocturnals series. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

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