Bound To Stay Bound

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 Faraway fox
 Author: Thompson, Jolene

 Illustrator: Thompson, Justin K.

 Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
 Pub Year: 2016

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

 BTSB No: 855981 ISBN: 9780544707115
 Ages: 4-7 Grades: K-2

 Foxes -- Fiction
 Habitat (Ecology) -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

A lonely fox roams the forest where he grew up, searching for his family and finding only strange creatures who stand on their hind legs, until, at last, he finds himself at home.

   Kirkus Reviews (06/01/16)
   School Library Journal (07/01/16)
 The Hornbook (00/07/16)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 07/01/2016 K-Gr 2—Due to suburban sprawl, a young fox has been separated from others of his kind. Readers hear his thoughts about missing his mother's advice and hunting skills, the games he played with his brother and sister, and the roaming he did with his father. All the while, he seems to be the only fox around and is navigating forlornly the human-made world that has grown up around him. Eventually, he notices a new kind of human development—a huge tunnel being built to connect the urban area with a wildlife preserve, which now allows him to reconnect with many other foxes. He is home again. This story would make a suitable read-aloud for young children, but it must be accompanied by an age-appropriate explanation of habitats. Factual information about special wildlife tunnels and bridges around the world and their importance in helping to minimize humans' toll on habitat destruction is appended. The art is clear and spans spreads completely with colorful saturation. VERDICT A primary purchase where young naturalists abound.—Maggie Chase, Boise State University, ID - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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