Bound To Stay Bound

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 Let's go see papa!
 Author: Schimel, Lawrence

 Illustrator: Rivera, Alba Marina

 Publisher:  Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press
 Pub Year: 2011

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: [37] p., col. ill., 21 x 23 cm.

 BTSB No: 784640 ISBN: 9781554981069
 Ages: 6-9 Grades: 1-4

 Subjects:
 Family life -- Fiction
 Separation anxiety -- Fiction
 Latin Americans -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

Summary:
A story about what it's like for a little girl whose father has left his family behind to go find work.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.10
   Points: .5   Quiz: 149725
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: K-2
   Reading Level: 2.20
   Points: 2.0   Quiz: 55942

Common Core Standards 
   Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
   Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
   Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 2 → Reading → CCR College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards fo

Reviews:
   School Library Journal (11/01/11)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (01/12)
 The Hornbook (00/01/12)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 11/01/2011 Gr 1–3—A young girl waits by the telephone every Sunday for a call from Papá;. He left "one year, eight months and twenty two days" ago to find work in the United States. He is always in her thoughts and she writes to him in a notebook every day. When Papá; asks her and Mamá; to join him, she is thrilled to be reunited, but also sad to leave her abuela and friends. Rivera's pencil, crayon, and watercolor illustrations capture the daily details of a loving extended family. Photographs, postcards, and drawings are pinned to the girl's bedroom walls and a calendar shows the days crossed off and big red circles around Sundays. The feelings of missing a loved one are realistically conveyed and will resonate with children.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada - Copyright 2011 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Bulletin for the Center... - 01/01/2012 A young girl desperately misses her father, who has been away working in the United States for “one year, eight months and twenty-two days.” She’s torn, though, when her father arranges for his family to join him, requiring her say goodbye to her best friend, her beloved dog, and her adored abuela, with whom she and her mother have been living the last few years. As the girl travels toward her father on the plane, however, she packs away the notebook in which she has been writing to her father and starts a new notebook, this time addressed to her grandmother. The story, translated from Spanish, faithfully follows the girl’s emotional progress as she moves through a range of feelings and perceptions about the enormous change for her family. The core plot, though, is unfortunately derailed by side stories, particularly the one in which the girl attempts to hide her dog in a suitcase and almost makes them late for their flight. The suggestion that the girl uses writing to cope with missing her father and then grandmother adds dimension to the story, and the book may even see some bibliotherapeutic use as a result. Rivera’s mixed-media illustrations, incorporating pencil, crayon, watercolor, acrylic, and collage, combine elements of different techniques in each composition, with the girl’s own childlike crayonings, some sophisticated monochromatic linework, and busily patterned collage elements sharing space; the results range from stylized and original to cluttered and disjointed. Most youngsters will understand the daunting prospect of a big move, however, and listeners may find the girl’s emotional growth both familiar and reassuring. HM - Copyright 2012 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.

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