Bound To Stay Bound

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 Thank you, Omu!
 Author: Mora, Oge

 Publisher:  Little, Brown (2018)

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

 BTSB No: 658025 ISBN: 9780316431248
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Subjects:
 Neighborliness -- Fiction
 Generosity -- Fiction
 Stews -- Fiction

Price: $22.16

Summary:
When the aroma of Omu's homemade stew fills the air, her neighbors arrive, one by one, for a taste until all is gone except for her generous spirit.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.20
   Points: .5   Quiz: 199108
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: K-2
   Reading Level: 4.50
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 76898

Awards:
 Caldecott Honor, 2019

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (+) (08/15/18)
   School Library Journal (+) (07/01/18)
   Booklist (07/01/18)
 The Hornbook (00/11/15)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 07/01/2018 PreS-Gr 2—In her apartment on the top floor, Omu (Igbo for queen) makes a tasty, thick red stew for her dinner. The smell wafts through her community, enticing neighbors to knock at her door to inquire about the delicious smell. A little boy is first, followed by a police officer, the hot dog vendor, and many other neighbors. Omu shares a bit of her stew with each person until she has none left for her dinner. When she hears the next knock, it is the visitors again, but this time with a feast to share with Omu. Even the little boy makes a contribution: a red envelope that conveys everyone's sincere gratitude. The richly textured and expressive collage illustrations were created with patterned paper and old-book clippings using acrylic paint, pastels, and markers. Mora has crafted a memorable tale of community and the unexpected rewards of sharing. VERDICT Children will enjoy this fresh, engaging story of friendship and community building, perfect for any group gathering. —Maria B. Salvadore, formerly at District of Columbia Public Library - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 07/01/2018 Omu (Nigerian for queen, but here grandma) enjoys cooking thick red stews for her evening meal. One day, while her pot simmers, a little boy knocks at her door, enticed by the delicious aroma. Of course Omu shares with him and later with others: a police officer, a hot dog vendor, a shop owner, a cab driver, a doctor, an actor, a lawyer, a dancer, a baker, an artist, a singer, an athlete, a bus driver, a construction worker, and the mayor! Predictably, the pot is empty when suppertime arrives, but Omu’s friends give back with a feast that everyone enjoys. Mora’s mixed-media collage art makes use of patterned papers and book clippings in addition to paints and pastels. She uses simplified forms to represent people and objects (somewhat reminiscent of Ezra Jack Keats’ style), well suited to this cozy, urban setting. Particularly effective is the white trail of steam from Omu’s stew that travels through the neighborhood. A great choice for food-themed story hours, or for introducing the concept of sharing. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.

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