Bound To Stay Bound

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 Every little letter
 Author: Underwood, Deborah

 Publisher:  Dial Books for Young Readers (2020)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [33] p., col. ill., 26 cm

 BTSB No: 898214 ISBN: 9780525554028
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Subjects:
 Alphabet -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction

Price: $21.46

Summary:
In a world where all the letters of the alphabet live in separate cities surrounded by walls, little h and small i's newfound friendship inspires all the divided communities to connect and form such words as courage, cooperate, and kindness.

 Illustrator: Ruiz, Joy Hwang

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (05/15/20)
   School Library Journal (+) (07/01/20)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 07/01/2020 K-Gr 3—Each letter of the alphabet, personified with a face, is depicted surrounded by a wall in a city where they never intermingle: "The H's had built the walls around their city long ago to protect themselves." That all changes when an intrepid lowercase h finds a gap in the wall and meets a lowercase i. As their hands join, the pair makes "something extraordinary." Color bursts from the following full-page spread with the two letters jumping for joy as a speech bubble features "hi." The H seals up the wall again and as the small h misses her new friend, she sends paper airplane messages over the wall. Soon, an airplane goes astray and lands within another letter's walls and there is much intermingling. There is subtle humor such as the x meeting the o, improving games of tic-tac-toe. When the h looks at the letters d and n upside down, or up, the lowercase letters meet up on top of the walls to form the word together and begin to break down the walls for good. Soon, there is courage, kindness, and then Love.The pen-and-ink drawings feature black outlines and soft organic colors; the letter characters are adorable. VERDICT Unity and division are themes rich for exploration in this story of alphabet letters separated by fear and complacency. It will grow upon children and adults with each reading.—Ramarie Beaver, formerly at Plano P.L., TX - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

School Library Journal - 07/01/2020 - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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