Bound To Stay Bound

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 Expedition backyard : exploring nature from country to city
 Author: Mosco, Rosemary

 Publisher:  Random House Graphic (2022)

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 116 p., col. ill., 22 cm

 BTSB No: 661188 ISBN: 9780593127346
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Graphic novels
 Nature -- Fiction
 Moles -- Fiction
 Voles -- Fiction
 Best friends -- Fiction

Price: $19.08

Mole and Vole always venture out into the world to see what nature they can find, but after an accidental move from the country to the city, the best friends have to learn to discover new plants and animals in their new environment. In graphic novel format.

 Illustrator: Hu, Binglin
Fortson, Ashanti

   Kirkus Reviews (06/01/22)
   School Library Journal (04/01/22)
 The Hornbook (00/09/22)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 04/01/2022 K-Gr 3—Best friends Mole and Vole live in a forest and look for new sights every day for Mole to draw in their nature journal. They venture into the moving boxes of a nearby human family, who are Black, and accidentally move with them to a large city. The change of setting surprises the pair, who quickly establish new homes and pair up to explore the urban environment, including streets, trees, and a community garden. They form an Adventurers Club of like-minded animals to observe flora and fauna, while avoiding predators such as hawks and owls. Hu's artwork conveys the fun, wonder, and fear the adventurers experience. Full spreads and pages of three to four panels each are easy to follow, whether wandering around a neighborhood or introducing a new friend. Activities in the back include guides for drawing, nature journals, community gardens, decorating windows to help birds, raising cats, and composting. VERDICT Readers will feel compelled to start their own journals, gardens, and hikes thanks to these outdoorsy animal friends.—Thomas Maluck - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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