Bound To Stay Bound

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 We found a hat
 Author: Klassen, J.

 Publisher:  Candlewick Press (2016)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [49] p., col. ill., 28 cm

 BTSB No: 523533 ISBN: 9780763656003
 Ages: 3-7 Grades: K-2

 Turtles -- Fiction
 Hats -- Fiction

Price: $21.58

Two turtles have found a hat. The hat looks good on both of them. And there is only one hat ...

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 1.30
   Points: .5   Quiz: 185167

   Kirkus Reviews (09/15/16)
   School Library Journal (12/01/16)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (+) (00/11/16)
 The Hornbook (+) (00/09/16)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 08/01/2016 PreS-Gr 3—The conclusion to the "Hat" trilogy offers the sly humor fans have come to expect along with a surprisingly tender ending. When a pair of googly-eyed tortoises find a 10-gallon hat—which they both agree would look good on either of them—they decide to leave it be rather than risk inequity between them. But as should be expected of any Klassen animal in close proximity to headgear, it becomes obvious that one of the tortoises still very much covets the hat. As in his previous works, Klassen takes a minimalist approach, with an economy of words and simple, textured shapes. The repetition of certain phrases and the organization of the title into three parts make this entry flow like an easy reader. Full-page compositions showcase the bare desert landscape, with soft gradients of muted orange as the sole bit of color in the gray and black palette. Fans of the previous "Hat" books who follow the subtle clues and motivations will likely suspect an ironic ending. In a charming turn, the conflict is resolved through empathy and the bonds of friendship—Klassen's animals have clearly evolved in their thinking since the bear in I Want My Hat Back and the fish in This Is Not My Hat. The lightest touch of the surreal adds to the dreamy melancholy of this tale. VERDICT A different but wholly delightful and thought-provoking capper to Klassen's ingenious series.—Kiera Parrott, School Library Journal - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

School Library Journal - 12/01/2016 PreS-Gr 3—In this capper to Klassen's delightfully sly "Hat" trilogy," two wide-eyed tortoises covet a 10-gallon hat. The economy of words, simple shapes, and rich textures highlight the stark beauty of the desert landscape and allow readers to appreciate the understated drama and humor. A surprisingly tender ending—with just the barest hint of surrealism—emphasizes the power of sacrifice and the endurance of friendship. - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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