Bound To Stay Bound

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 Just what to do
 Author: Lukoff, Kyle

 Publisher:  Dial Books for Young Readers (2024)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [40] p., col. ill., 29 cm

 BTSB No: 590592 ISBN: 9780593462942
 Ages: 3-7 Grades: K-2

 Friendship -- Fiction
 Grief -- Fiction
 Emotions -- Fiction

Price: $23.28

A child discovers that there is no single right thing to do when someone is sad or grieving.

 Illustrator: Tahboub, Hala

   Kirkus Reviews (05/01/24)
   School Library Journal (+) (00/05/24)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/06/24)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 05/01/2024 PreS-Gr 3—Handling death and grief in a gentle and tender manner, Lukoff's newest picture book explores the innate need many of us have to fix the problems of the ones we love the most. The protagonist, a young child, tries many different things to cheer up those closest to them when they lose their beloved plant or pet. Over time they discover that grief isn't one-size-fits-all, and the thing that cheers up one loved one may not help another. When the protagonist's friend loses their grandma, they realize that simply being present and asking how they can be most helpful is the best they can do for a loved one experiencing grief. Combined with Tahboub's adorable and expressive illustrations, children will be newly tuned in to the many complexities of grief. Adults will also be charmed by this. VERDICT A beautiful story that should be sitting on the shelves of school counselors and child therapists everywhere.—Lauren White - Copyright 2024 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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