Bound To Stay Bound

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 Mariana and her familia
 Author: Mancillas, Monica

 Publisher:  HarperCollins (2022)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 22 x 28 cm

 BTSB No: 599396 ISBN: 9780062962461
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Family life -- Fiction
 Voyages and travel -- Fiction
 Latinos (U.S.) -- Fiction
 Mexicans -- Fiction
 Mexico -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

Mariana is overwhelmed by new faces and Spanish words she doesn't understand, but still forms a connection with her family and her Abuelita on her first trip to Mexico.

 Illustrator: Meza, Erika
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.60
   Points: .5   Quiz: 519386

   Kirkus Reviews (08/01/22)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 11/01/2022 K-Gr 2—Born out of the author's own experience growing up, Mariana's story imparts the challenges and strengths of families that are culturally and geographically distant. Mariana and her Mami are traveling to México to see her abuelita, tíos, tías, primos, and primas. Visiting her large, Spanish-speaking familia in a new country gives Mariana major jitters. When she mistakenly calls abuelita by aguelita, Mariana is overcome with embarrassment. Abuelita beckons to her, "Ven aquí." Together they read a book about the Big Bad Wolf—un Lobo Hambriento—and Mariana is delighted as Abuelita tells the familiar tale in Spanish. Mariana's feelings about not belonging fade quickly when she adds her fotografía to her family's wall of pictures and joins them for a delicious meal. And thus, the joy and love of familia transcends language and distance, making Mariana feel right at home. The dynamism and vibrancy of Mexican culture spills from the page in Meza's gouache and watercolor pencil illustrations. The use of grayscale for skin tone, pops of painterly font, and playful perspective are unexpected visual twists that make this title a standout. VERDICT The warmth of Mariana's close-knit, yet far-flung family practically radiates off the page, and many young readers will relate. An excellent purchase for most collections.—Sarah Simpson - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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