Bound To Stay Bound

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 Holes in the sky
 Author: Polacco, Patricia

 Publisher:  Putnam (2018)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [47] p., col. ill., 28 cm

 BTSB No: 723386 ISBN: 9781524739485
 Ages: 6-9 Grades: 1-4

 Friendship -- Fiction
 Neighborliness -- Fiction
 Gardens -- Fiction
 Loss (Psychology) -- Fiction
 African Americans -- Fiction
 Moving -- Fiction
 Family life -- California -- Fiction
 California -- Fiction

Price: $23.28

Soon after her beloved grandmother's death, Trisha's family moves to a diverse California neighborhood where she meets Stewart and his grandmother, Miss Eula, who brings people together to help a grieving neighbor.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 4.20
   Points: .5   Quiz: 197007

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 09/01/2018 K-Gr 2—Polacco plumbs the seemingly endless nooks and crannies of her childhood to come up with another picture book to inspire warm feelings of community and caring. This one tells about her family's relocation from Michigan to California after the death of her beloved Babushka. Patty's new neighbor, Stewart, insists on befriending her and introduces her to his grandmother, Miss Eula, a consummate gardener and bulwark of their neighborhood. With Miss Eula, the children embark on a mission of activism to restore a neglected garden and embrace an embittered, grief-stricken resident. Polacco's emotion-laden pencil and watercolor illustrations bleed off the pages, just as her own warmth and affection for humanity overflow in the text. It is, perhaps, a bit hard to credit the many parallels she draws between her own grandmother and Stewart's—as if straining to show that a Russian immigrant and a Black Oakland resident are more alike than not—but many readers will appreciate her motives and welcome the notion that stars are the holes in the sky through which departed love ones keep watch over us. VERDICT Most libraries will welcome Polacco's message of understanding and mutual affection. The length of the narrative seems to suggest a one-on-one read.—Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Library, NY - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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