Bound To Stay Bound

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 Fox and the forest fire
 Author: Popovici, Danny

 Publisher:  Chronicle Books (2021)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [37] p., col. ill., 23 x 28 cm

 BTSB No: 726744 ISBN: 9781797202822
 Ages: 4-7 Grades: K-2

 Forests and forestry -- Fiction
 Forest fires -- Fiction
 Foxes -- Fiction
 Human-animal relationship -- Fiction
 Forest animals -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

As a boy adjusts to his family's new home in the forest, he learns to observe and appreciate the forest animals, especially a fox with whom he strikes up a friendship--until a wildfire forces both of them to flee for their lives. Includes a note about forest fires and their role in forest ecology.

   Kirkus Reviews (08/01/21)
   Booklist (10/01/21)
 The Hornbook (00/09/21)

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Booklist - 10/01/2021 After his family trades the city for the woods, a boy finds that the nights are dark, the mornings noisy, and the forest unfamiliar, but as a fox carefully watches the proceedings from afar, the boy comes to appreciate the magic of his new world. After the boy spots smoke in the distance, the skies glow red with an approaching wildfire. Animals flee along with worried humans, and when the boy and his mother finally return to the forest, their house is gone. But they are safe—the forest will rebound, the house will be rebuilt, and the fox is spotted on a quilt in a nearby tree trunk. Popovici, a former forest firefighter, includes a note explaining that wildfires, though alarming, are important in maintaining natural ecosystems, though he doesn’t shy away from the fact that careless human activity coupled with a changing climate can spell trouble. The gouache, watercolor, and colored-pencil illustrations are warm and wonderful, capturing moments of both coziness and concern, making a sweet introduction to a topical and potentially scary subject. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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