Bound To Stay Bound

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 My first day
 Author: Phung, Nguyen Quang

 Publisher:  Make Me a World (2021)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [39] p., col. ill., col. maps, 26 cm

 BTSB No: 715716 ISBN: 9780593306260
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Canoes and canoeing -- Fiction
 First day of school -- Fiction
 School stories
 Mekong River -- Fiction
 Vietnam -- Fiction

Price: $23.28

This is no ordinary first journey. The rainy season has come to the Mekong Delta, and An, a young Vietnamese boy, sets out alone in a wooden boat wearing a little backpack and armed only with a single oar. On the way, he is confronted by giant crested waves, heavy rainfall and eerie forests where fear takes hold of him. Although daunted by the dark unknown, An realizes that he is not alone and continues to paddle. He knows it will all be worth it when he reaches his destination.

 Illustrator: Huynh, Kim Lien
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.10
   Points: .5   Quiz: 513304

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (01/15/21)
   School Library Journal (+) (00/03/21)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 03/01/2021 K-Gr 3—A Vietnamese boy sets out on a journey in his little wooden boat on "the great river, Mother Mekong." This is his first time making this trip alone, and he leads us through open waves, mangrove trees, the darkness of the unknown, bright open skies, schools of fish, and water buffalo until he reaches his destination: school, on his very first day. Quang and Lien take readers through a visually breathtaking expedition filled with highs and lows. The phenomenal artwork enhances the poetic language of this young boy's trip and lets readers follow along, experiencing his fears, hopes, and joy. The story also provides an informative look at life along the Mekong River during "floating season," from the mangrove forests to the animals that he encounters on his trip. The digitized pen-and-ink illustrations are presented in wide, panoramic scenes, enhancing the majestic, almost cinematic quality of the images. Back matter includes further information from the author/illustrator duo, facts about the Mekong River, and a simple map. VERDICT Highly recommended for all collections.—Kristyn Dorfman, The Nightingale-Bamford Sch., New York City - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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