Bound To Stay Bound

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 Fairest in the land
 Author: Newman, Leslea

 Publisher:  Abrams Books for Young Readers (2023)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [33] p., col. ill., 28 cm

 BTSB No: 674827 ISBN: 9781419757099
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Stories in rhyme
 Costume -- Fiction
 Identity (Psychology) -- Fiction
 Self-realization -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

When Annabelle and Benjamin play dress-up they both want to be the bride, the ballerina, and the princess which causes a problem until the two friends realize they can both be whoever they want to be.

 Illustrator: Heinsz, Joshua
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.90
   Points: .5   Quiz: 520718

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (04/01/23)
   Booklist (05/01/23)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 05/01/2023 A heartwarming tale from the author of Heather Has Two Mommies (2015), this follows friends Annabelle and Benjamin during a day of playing dress-up. When Benjamin gravitates toward all of the traditionally feminine roles, such as a veiled bride or a ballerina in a pink tutu, Annabelle is happy to see her friend having fun, but she’s disappointed that she is left with the more traditionally masculine roles and outfits. When Benjamin claims the role of princess, Annabelle speaks up, as she does not feel that the prince role fits her, so Benjamin proposes the marvelous solution of having two princesses so they can both have fun and be themselves! Filled with vibrant illustrations and cute animal friends that capture the joy and nostalgia of children playing pretend, Newman’s story reminds readers that they are who their imaginations say they are. The fresh bubblegum palette, wonderfully reminiscent of Lisa Frank or Polly Pocket toys, will spark a fresh wave of inspiration for young friends to be their truest selves. - Copyright 2023 Booklist.

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