Bound To Stay Bound

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 Owl and the pussy-cat
 Author: Lear, Edward

 Publisher:  Candlewick Press (2017)

 Dewey: 821
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: [23] p., col. ill., 29 cm

 BTSB No: 555400 ISBN: 9780763690809
 Ages: 3-7 Grades: K-2

 Nonsense verses
 Animals -- Poetry

Price: $6.50

The classic lyrical rhyme about an unusual couple who sail far, far away.

 Illustrator: Voake, Charlotte
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: K-2
   Reading Level: 2.50
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 08829

   Kirkus Reviews (11/01/16)
   School Library Journal (12/01/16)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 12/01/2016 PreS-Gr 2—This classic poem has proved to be irresistible to generations of illustrators. In this appealing version done in lush blues and greens, Voake creates a lovely homage not just to the familiar words but to Lear's own paintings as well. The artist found multiple opportunities to expand on the whimsical text in her pen-and-ink and watercolor images—showing the lovers procuring the boat, taking part on a lengthy journey, and buying the wedding ring. The soothing colors of the sea and skies and the islands of the tropics are romanticized and dreamlike. There are also a few puzzling choices, such as pea-green accents that extend to people's skin color, and "the land where the Bong-tree grows" consists of a vignette with colonial overtones showing dark-skinned people carrying parasols. Overall, the art is more sophisticated than that of many of the picture book versions for kids, and perhaps it won't be everyone's cup of tea, but it is nonetheless expertly rendered and every bit as rich as earlier interpretations. VERDICT A fanciful addition. A fun exercise would be to compare three or four different adaptations of the classic with kids and get their own take on what all this nonsense is about.—Luann Toth, School Library Journal - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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