Bound To Stay Bound

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 Brown is warm, black is bright
 Author: Thomson, Sarah L.

 Publisher:  Little, Brown (2022)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [34] p., col. ill., 26 cm

 BTSB No: 881387 ISBN: 9780316424196
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Brown -- Fiction
 Black -- Fiction
 Color -- Fiction

Price: $23.28

Illustrations and text celebrate the colors brown and black, demonstrating the many positive assocations with these two colors.

 Illustrator: Mallett, Keith

   Kirkus Reviews (06/01/22)
   School Library Journal (07/01/22)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 07/01/2022 PreS-Gr 1—Employing full-color figurative digital paintings and structured verse, this book is a joyous celebration of the bucolic life of an Black child and her father. Thomson's succinct verses are split in half between spreads, alternating "Brown is" and "Black is" on the right side of the spread, and with the turn of the page, the rest of the verse appears on the left side of the next spread. These take the form of alliterative, poetic, sometimes onomatopoeic descriptions of hope. For example, the book opens with a Black girl in boots jumping into a pile of fallen leaves in front of a suburban house; the text, "Brown is crisp" appears in the lower right corner. The following spread has her next words, "crunch and crackle,/ catch me as I fall." The paintings are largely of pastoral settings, such as fallen leaves, puddles, a bird flying in the sky, and a forest; there are a few pages of the child and her father, with two spreads that serve as a brief history lesson of African American struggles and triumphs. The book makes for a beautiful read-aloud for a group setting with its detailed full-color vibrant imagery and for individual sharing. VERDICT File this under Black joy, childhood, autumn reveries, or pair with other celebrations of Black strength and beauty, such as Tami Charles's All Because You Matter and Useni Eugene Perkins's Hey Black Child.—Vi Ha - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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