Bound To Stay Bound

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 Zora, the story keeper
 Author: Wilkins, Ebony

 Publisher:  Kokila (2023)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [40] p., col. ill., 24 x 28 cm

 BTSB No: 948400 ISBN: 9781984816917
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 African Americans -- Fiction
 Families -- Fiction
 Storytelling -- Fiction

Price: $23.28

A young Black girl and her aunt celebrate the wonder and magic of their family's legacy through storytelling.

 Illustrator: Coulter, Dare

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (08/01/23)
   School Library Journal (+) (07/01/23)

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School Library Journal - 07/01/2023 PreS-Gr 1—Zora wants to be like Aunt Bea when she grows up. A gifted storyteller with a trunk of costumes, Aunt Bea tells the best stories about their family members as she throws on the costumes and uses funny voices. There's Grandma Jean who used to coach a swim team and Grandpa Tom who was a preacher. Zora and Aunt Bea turn the kitchen into a stage as they act out these stories from the past. When Aunt Bea starts needing to rest more and is not telling the stories as well, Zora begins to worry. It'll be okay. Even after Aunt Bea passes on, Zora knows she's been well-equipped to carry on the tradition. This book is a poignant reminder to readers that though the people they love will die, they will live on in stories. In addition to the vibrantly illustrated pages, there are also photographs from the author's and illustrator's lives interspersed throughout. Black characters of varied skin tones and hair textures grace the picture book's pages. VERDICT A family's stories pass down to the next generation of story keepers in this beautifully illustrated work that's a must-purchase for picture book collections.—Myiesha Speight - Copyright 2023 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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