Bound To Stay Bound

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 Bizzy Mizz Lizzie
 Author: Shannon, David

 Publisher:  Blue Sky Press (2017)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 28 cm

 BTSB No: 805332 ISBN: 9780545619431
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Bees -- Fiction
 Spelling bees -- Fiction
 Conduct of life -- Fiction

Price: $21.58

Mizz Lizzie is the busiest bee in town, and she is determined to win the school spelling contest--but after studying all night she falls asleep during the contest, and when she finally wakes up she realizes that she has to learn to stop and smell the flowers.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.10
   Points: .5   Quiz: 191905
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: K-2
   Reading Level: 2.30
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 72433

   Kirkus Reviews (08/15/17)
   School Library Journal (10/01/17)
 The Hornbook (00/11/17)

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School Library Journal - 10/01/2017 PreS-Gr 2— Bizzy Mizz Lizzie comes by her name honestly; she is one busy bee. She gets good grades, takes dance, acting, art, and music lessons. She plays "Bee League" baseball and she is a member of the "Junior Honey Scouts." She wants to be her very best so she may meet the Queen Bee someday. Bees Lizzie's age are not as busy as she. Lizzie's mom is, however, very busy. When a spelling contest is announced, Lizzie exhausts herself studying. On the day of the contest, the Queen Bee, looking every bit a queen, is in the audience. Lizzie is very excited, but when it is Lizzie's turn to spell, she falls asleep and doesn't wake up for three days. Upon waking and learning what has happened, a disappointed and still tired Lizzie decides resting a bit more is a good idea. While lounging in a garden, she meets the Queen Bee, who is also lounging. The queen helps Lizzie understand being busy every moment is not always best. The bug-eyed characters in the illustrations are cleverly created with clothing that mimics the shape and texture of bumble bees and hair that gives each bee their own identity. The illustrations feel as frenetic as Mizz Lizzie's schedule, with generous use of black and yellow, but also reds and oranges. Spreads and textured backgrounds provide plenty of space for the fair amount of text it takes to share Lizzie's story. VERDICT This picture book has a timely message for a generation of families who may find themselves overscheduled.— Mindy Hiatt, Salt Lake County Library Services - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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