Bound To Stay Bound

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 How to help a pumpkin grow
 Author: Wolff, Ashley

 Publisher:  Beach Lane Books (2021)

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

 BTSB No: 960903 ISBN: 9781481419345
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Stories in rhyme
 Dogs -- Fiction
 Gardening -- Fiction
 Animals -- Fiction
 Pumpkins -- Fiction

Price: $21.58

Illustrations and simple, rhyming text follow Dog as he does all he can to help his pumpkins grow and thrive, including accepting unexpected help from other animals. Contains fun facts.

   Kirkus Reviews (08/01/21)
   School Library Journal (09/01/21)
 The Hornbook (00/09/21)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 09/01/2021 Toddler-PreS—Pumpkin tales abound, but Wolff's contribution to the harvest is sweet and welcome. An anthropomorphized pup begins planting pumpkins early in the year. As the seasons progress, animal friends join in the work and, ultimately, share in the pie and jack-o'-lantern rewards. The gouache illustrations are vibrant and cheerful, using generous line weight and soft edges to emphasize the agrarian feel. The brief, rhyming text is ideal for sharing aloud. Observant readers will notice many fun details in the spreads, including a helpful little mouse who appears in almost every scene. Children will also observe that only the dog possesses human traits, wearing clothes and wielding opposable thumbs, while the other animals are less anthropomorphic. VERDICT This sweet book is a general purchase for libraries where pumpkin-related fare is in high demand.—Taylor Worley, Springfield P.L., OR - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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