Bound To Stay Bound

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 I am stuck
 Author: Mills, Julia

 Publisher:  Clarion (2023)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [39] p., col. ill., 24 x 24 cm

 BTSB No: 647316 ISBN: 9780358695332
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Turtles -- Fiction
 Animals -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction
 Helping behavior -- Fiction

Price: $23.98

A tender (and humorous) look at the way tough emotions can make us feel stuck and how the presence of a good friend and a deep belly laugh can make it easier to get through stormy feelings.

   Kirkus Reviews (07/01/23)
   School Library Journal (07/01/23)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/09/23)

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School Library Journal - 07/01/2023 K-Gr 2—Charmingly simple illustrations show a turtle on its back, clearly in trouble. In a first-person narration, it describes that it is stuck, and advice from a passing duck to wiggle its feet does not help because, of course, a turtle is not a duck stuck in water. A kangaroo suggests wagging its tail and demonstrates how that helps a stuck kangaroo; once again, this advice is of no use to the turtle. The armadillo's advice is just as moot. A possum skips the advice and keeps the turtle company while the hero of the piece solves the problem. The storytelling is on the luxurious side; despite a spare use of words, the point is clear by the second encounter. However, the possum's comforting companionship will convince even the youngest child that sometimes just being with a friend in trouble can help. VERDICT A slight but effective piece, this book gains strength from truly funny cartoons and a heartfelt message of friendship.—Jennifer LaBurre - Copyright 2023 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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