Bound To Stay Bound

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 Dadaji's paintbrush
 Author: Sirdeshpande, Rashmi

 Publisher:  Levine Querido (2022)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 26 cm

 BTSB No: 822887 ISBN: 9781646141722
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Grandparent-grandchild relationship -- Fiction
 Painting -- Fiction
 Death -- Fiction
 East Indians -- Fiction
 India -- Fiction

Price: $23.28

Once, in a tiny village in India, there was a young boy who loved to paint. He lived with his grandfather, who taught him to paint with his fingers, to make paints from marigolds and brushes made from jasmine flowers. After his grandfather dies, the boy notices a little box wrapped in string with a note that reads: "From Dadaji, with love," with his grandfather's best paintbrush tucked away inside. Will the boy overcome his grief and find joy in painting and his Dadaji's memory again?

 Illustrator: Mhasane, Ruchi

   School Library Journal (+) (06/01/22)
 The Hornbook (00/09/22)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 06/01/2022 K-Gr 3—Some big ideas float effortlessly through these sweet watercolor pages: love between grandparent and child; acceptance of mistakes, loss, and change; life's small pleasures; and the life-enhancing gifts of sharing and teaching. Southwestern India, or the state of Goa, is suggested through hints of architecture and color-splashed flourishes of vegetation; the characters sit on the floor, using a vintage floor-desk. A boy and his devoted grandfather grow and give away mangoes and bananas, make paper boats for the village children, and read and paint together. No other family members are mentioned, and though the older man has promised never to leave, "One day, he did." The boy, perhaps ten, is bereft (here, gray-washed spreads prevail), and locks away all evidence of painting. But after some time has passed, a small girl asks him to teach her, and soon the house is again filled with children, colors, and happiness. The boy, readers understand, knows that his grandfather did not really break his promise. VERDICT An extraordinary work for every shelf; subtle and poetically less direct than other works in its treatment of death, this book stands out for the depth of its wise messages, and its gentle, evocative art.—Patricia Lothrop - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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