Bound To Stay Bound

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 Hundred feet tall
 Author: Scheuer, Benjamin

 Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (2020)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [36] p., col. ill., 23 x 28 cm

 BTSB No: 784044 ISBN: 9781534432192
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Seeds -- Fiction
 Growth -- Fiction
 Rabbits -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

A rabbit cares for a seed brought home from the countryside and anticipates being able to climb its branches one day, so they will both be one hundred feet tall.

 Illustrator: Williams, Jemima
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.60
   Points: .5   Quiz: 513510

   School Library Journal (01/01/20)
   Booklist (12/01/19)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/02/20)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 12/01/2019 Drawing on his songwriting skills, Scheuer writes an endearing story about love and cultivation in the context of a new sibling. Told from the perspective of a tiny seed, the story follows a young bunny who finds the seed on an autumn day and takes it home to nurture it with soil, water, light, and patience. As it sprouts, the bunny is thrilled to watch it grow “a hundred feet tall.” Along the way, he shares his experience with family and friends and draws his neighborhood together to appreciate the process and its ultimate result. Williams' warm, playful illustrations in a loose, cartoon style focus on the rabbit family and nicely tie the message of patience and caring to both the plant and the bunny's soon-to-be sibling. Though the singsong lines don't always read aloud smoothly, the sheet music for the song is included at the end. Pair this sweet sibling story with Jamie L. B. Deenihan’s When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree (2019) and Toni Yuly’s The Whole Wide World and Me (2019). - Copyright 2019 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 01/01/2020 PreS-Gr 1—When walking through the forest with his family, a young rabbit finds a small brown seed under a dusting of snow. He picks it up and returns to his home in the city to plant it in a jar. The rabbit nurtures the seed, much as rabbit's parents nurture him. With the love and care it needs, the seed begins to flourish and grow. It grows to the point where it needs to be replanted outside, where it promises to grow to a hundred feet tall. This lyrical picture book for young readers tells two stories in one. It is the tale of a young rabbit helping a tree to grow, but also the story of the young rabbit and the growth and development of his family and community. There is a deliberate message of strength in the power of love and friendship. The book evokes feelings of togetherness, camaraderie, compassion, and kindness. The cartoon illustrations, rendered digitally and with watercolors, are joyful and light, adding to the feel-good nature of the tale. VERDICT Love emanates from every detail, right down to the heart-shaped noses of the rabbit family. An added bonus is that the author set the tale to music and it can be found at the end of the book. A melodic gift of love and caring.—Amy Shepherd, St. Anne's Episcopal School, Middleton, DE - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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