Bound To Stay Bound

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 Bear in my family
 Author: Tatsukawa, Maya

 Publisher:  Dial Books for Young Readers (2020)

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

 BTSB No: 872764 ISBN: 9780525555827
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Bears -- Fiction
 Family life -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction
 Figures of speech -- Fiction

Price: $22.08

It's not easy living with a bear, but one little boy learns that sometimes, a bear in the family can end up to be the best thing in the world.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 1.00
   Points: .5   Quiz: 511960

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (01/15/20)
   School Library Journal (00/02/20)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/02/20)
 The Hornbook (00/05/20)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 02/01/2020 PreS-K—"I live with a bear" states the book's unnamed human boy. As he describes it, this is one scary bear, with a loud roar, fierce appetite, and bossy attitude. Family or not, his parents just don't understand. After some further reflection and an interaction with a few neighborhood bullies, the boy sees the benefits of having a bear-ish older sibling. Tatsukawa's tale features endearing artwork. Sentences and a handful of dialogue balloons are brief, leaving most of the room for the digitally textured art, which almost looks like stamp work. For a debut title, this picture book is very well paced, and nicely emphasizes how even children at odds can connect. As the boy learns, sometimes they will get on each other's nerves, but they are there for each other; they are family. VERDICT Simple and sweet. A story that should resonate with siblings.—Rachel Forbes, Oakville Public Library, Ont. - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 02/01/2020 For a young boy, there’s one household member he doesn't quite get along with: a bear. The bear is bossy, scary, and annoying, and what Bear considers fun—like holding him upside-down—really isn’t. But according to his parents, “the bear is family.” But when the boy has a run-in with bigger kids at the park, the bear proves to be a helpful protector, and gradually, the boy starts to recognize some of the nice things about having a bear in the family. Eventually, the bear’s real-life identity is revealed in an upbeat, playful conclusion little siblings will surely be able to relate to. Tatsukawa's animated, soft-textured digital illustrations in cool tones depict the bear and human characters in blocky, expressive shapes, which nicely extend the boy’s straightforward, sometimes droll narrative. While some younger kids might not immediately catch on to the metaphor, little ones with older siblings in particular will likely appreciate the boy’s gradually shifting perspective, as well as the warm portrayal of the multifaceted nature of sibling relationships. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

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