Bound To Stay Bound

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 Snake's big mistake
 Author: Kurpiel, Sarah

 Publisher:  Greenwillow Books (2023)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [34] p., col. ill., 24 x 29 cm

 BTSB No: 535128 ISBN: 9780063093218
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Snakes -- Fiction
 Animals -- Fiction
 Pottery -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction

Price: $23.98

Snake loves art class--until his clay pot breaks and he makes a terrible decision.

   Kirkus Reviews (02/15/23)
   Booklist (05/01/23)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 05/01/2023 Ambition, temptation, deception, and lying all follow Snake as he slithers through art class and home in this thought-provoking picture book that shows how lying is a costly mistake. Snake's eventual deception arises from his interest in the latest project in Mr. Owl’s art class, the creation of clay pots. Snake’s ambition to create a spectacular pot grows with each step of the process, shown engagingly here through cheerful digital illustrations, with the animal students rolling and coiling clay one week, then painting on glaze, and finally, waiting for the pots to return from the kiln. Snake’s finished pot turns out to be a misshapen blob, but Mr. Owl mixes up Snake’s and his friend Turtle’s labels, misidentifying Turtle’s beautiful pot as Snake’s. Snake stays silent, not correcting Mr. Owl, and then allows his family to praise his purloined pot. Eventually, Snake confesses, trying to make amends and repair his friendship with Turtle, but the power of the story comes from showing how destructive lies and deceit can be. - Copyright 2023 Booklist.

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