Bound To Stay Bound

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 Uni joins the team (Uni The Unicorn)
 Author: Ransom, Candice F.

 Publisher:  Random House (2023)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: 32 p., col. ill., 24 cm

 BTSB No: 739441 ISBN: 9780593566657
 Ages: 5-7 Grades: K-2

 Unicorns -- Fiction
 Soccer -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction

Price: $4.91

Uni loves playing sparkle ball and is very good at it! But Goldie and Silky want to play soccer. Uni has never played soccer before. It doesn't look fun, and there are unicorns Uni doesn't know. Uni tries but makes mistakes. Uni sees a new friend mess up, too, and encourages him to keep trying and to believe in himself. Trying something new is fun when you work together!

 Illustrator: Hall, Susan
Cespedes-Alicea, Marcela
McCabe, Kaley

   School Library Journal (01/01/23)

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School Library Journal - 01/01/2023 PreS-Gr 1—Uni the unicorn is having fun playing sparkle ball with her friends Goldie, Silky, and Pinkie. Goldie notices a soccer game going on nearby and wants her friends to join that game with her. Though Uni feels shy and is reluctant to play with unicorns she doesn't know, she ends up accompanying her pals. They join the Blue Team and each one turns her horn blue, making it easier for readers to follow the teams' actions. Though Uni makes a couple mistakes during the game and is disheartened, she is the one who encourages Pip, the goalie, to remain in the game when he messes up and wants to drop out. "I messed up, too. But we cannot quit. We are a team!" This easy reader incorporates short sentences and simple vocabulary into an uncomplicated story. Colorful illustrations vary in size from full-page to vignettes and reflect the movements and emotions of the unicorns. VERDICT Though this tale includes unicorns, a soccer game, and teamwork, it ends abruptly, and there may not be sufficient action to excite readers enough to want a second reading.—Maryann H. Owen - Copyright 2023 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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