Bound To Stay Bound

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 One boy watching
 Author: Snider, Grant

 Publisher:  Chronicle Books (2022)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [54] p., col. ill., 25 x 29 cm

 BTSB No: 832289 ISBN: 9781797210889
 Ages: 3-5 Grades: K

 School buses -- Fiction
 Curiosity -- Fiction
 Imagination -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

Follows one boy's early morning bus ride to school and the many things he observes.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 1.30
   Points: .5   Quiz: 522013

   Kirkus Reviews (00/03/22)
   School Library Journal (00/07/22)
   Booklist (05/15/22)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 07/01/2022 K-Gr 2—In brightly endearing illustrations that have the appearance of digital colored pencil and watercolor, a boy's trip to and from school is captured through the many things that can be counted and observed, especially out the bus window. Early in the morning, he is the first to climb on his bus in a rural farmland setting, counting the many things he sees. Eventually he arrives at school and "one by one, every kid hops off like crayons spilled from a crayon box." As the day comes to a close, he wonders "how many things he will discover on the journey home." A simple text encourages readers to notice the world around them. For those students who ride the bus, no matter the locale, this title will honor their experience and perhaps challenge them to take stock of the potential discoveries awaiting them while "packed like crayons in a crayon box." VERDICT A solid title for sharing with children working on descriptive writing and for those communities where bus riding is part of the day, this is a beautiful homage to that childhood experience.—John Scott - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 05/15/2022 Early in the morning, a school bus travels down a country road. Meanwhile, there’s “One boy. Waiting,” at home until its arrival. On board, alone, he gazes out the window at “three quiet deer . . . seven wild sunflowers” and more. As the long ride toward town continues, the boy’s focus remains on what there is to see from his seat, beginning with reflective moments while he's the sole passenger to bustling activity as more students climb on. Eventually, the bus reaches school, and “every kid hops off like crayons spilled from a crayon box.” As the day wraps up, the boy stares out a window again, this time from his classroom, anticipating what sights the ride home will bring. Brightly colored illustrations, with soft edges and scribbly details, pair beautifully with the spare, well-paced prose. Repetition throughout conveys the bus ride’s routine nature, but, paired with the art, it emphasizes how varied—and intriguing—it can be. Here observing becomes not just a way to pass time but an opportunity to engage with the outside world. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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