Bound To Stay Bound

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 Baker makers
 Author: Smith, Kim

 Publisher:  Clarion (2024)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [39] p., col. ill., 26 cm

 BTSB No: 827032 ISBN: 9780063241374
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Baking -- Fiction
 Cake -- Fiction
 Perseverance -- Fiction

Price: $23.98

A young boy is determined to create the perfect cake, but when his baking doesn't go quite as planned, he learns to embrace the unexpected.

   Kirkus Reviews (11/01/23)
   School Library Journal (12/01/23)

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School Library Journal - 12/01/2023 K-Gr 3—As she did with Boxitects, Smith offers an upbeat and empathetic foray into maker (and in this case, baker) culture. South Asian—presenting Naveen might only have a tiny bit of baking experience at home, but he's watched enough baking shows to feel quite confident in his skills. So confident, in fact, that when his Baker Makers class tackles creative cakes, Naveen sets out to make the biggest, most delicious, most elaborate cake of all. Forsaking attention to detail in his zeal to create an impressive bake, Naveen quickly faces disaster. Rallied by his classmates, Naveen tries again the next day, only to run into more unexpected results. But this time some creative problem-solving leads to a delicious solution. In the end, Naveen learns the value of planning ahead and the importance of persistence. The brightly colored cartoon illustrations create an enticing class setting that readers will want to join. The book includes the recipe for Naveen's final cake for inspired want-to-be bakers. VERDICT With an emphasis on effort before reward and a sturdy hero, this is a recommended STEAM—related title.—Alia Shields - Copyright 2023 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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