Bound To Stay Bound

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 Rain before rainbows
 Author: Prasadam-Halls, Smriti

 Publisher:  Candlewick Press (2020)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [26] p., col. ill., 28 cm

 BTSB No: 730342 ISBN: 9781536212839
 Ages: 3-7 Grades: K-2

 Grief -- Fiction
 Loss (Psychology) -- Fiction
 Foxes -- Fiction
 Hope -- Fiction
 Optimism -- Fiction
 Stories in rhyme

Price: $21.88

In this heartfelt story about courage, change, and moving on, a girl and her companion fox travel together away from a sorrowful past, through challenging and stormy times, toward color and light and life.

 Illustrator: Litchfield, David

   Kirkus Reviews (11/15/20)
   School Library Journal (01/01/21)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 01/01/2021 Toddler-PreS—Inspired by Psalm 30:5, "Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning," this British import offers hope and purpose, reminding readers that waiting brings reward and sowing comes before the crop and the flower stem before blossom. The words spill across pages that with every turn brighten like dawn. These are gorgeous, luminous works, showing a young girl with light brown skin overcoming obstacles and embarking on her journey, no matter how dark and scary the path, and in spite of storms. The poetry of the text builds on the sentiment of the scripture and although it complements the illustrations, it is compelling enough to be read independently. This has an obvious religious sensibility, but this will appeal to a secular audience as well. VERDICT An uplifting book with a timeless message—that tomorrow will be better.—Jennifer Knight, North Olympic Lib. Syst., Port Angeles, WA - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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