Bound To Stay Bound

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 Author: Yoon, Salina

 Publisher:  Walker Books for Young Readers
 Pub Year: 2014

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [33] p., col. ill., 24 cm.

 BTSB No: 973623 ISBN: 9780802735591
 Ages: 3-6 Grades: K-1

 Lost and found possessions -- Fiction
 Toys -- Fiction
 Bears -- Fiction
 Moose -- Fiction

Price: $18.61

Upon finding a toy rabbit in the forest, Bear tries his very best to return it to its home but by the time its owner appears, Bear has become attached to Bunny.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 1.80
   Points: .5   Quiz: 166425
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: K-2
   Reading Level: 2.30
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 63892

   Kirkus Reviews (03/01/14)
   School Library Journal (00/05/14)
   Booklist (04/15/14)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/05/14)

Full Text Reviews:

Bulletin for the Center... - 05/01/2014 When young Bear finds a left-behind stuffed bunny in the woods, he tries to find its owner, putting up “FOUND” flyers and searching the area. While waiting for the bunny’s owner to turn up, Bear takes excellent care of the little rabbit, bringing it on picnics and bike rides and giving it its own little blanket at bedtime. Bear has mixed feelings, then, when Moose recognizes the bunny as his beloved Floppy. A tearful Bear prepares to give up the bunny, but Moose surprises him by being ready to pass his special toy on: “Will you take good care of Floppy for me?” While some stuffed-animal lovers may not buy Moose’s willingness to part with his trusty plush pal, most kids will be relieved that Bear gets to keep Floppy after all. The simplicity of the storytelling and language is nicely matched by the large san serif font and the bright, blocky digital pictures. Heavy black outlines and flecks of black, accent the crayon-box hues of the art, and cinnamon-y brown Bear and white, patched, and aptly named “Floppy” are as cute as can be (Bear is particularly winning in his fire-engine-red bike helmet). Yoon also tucks in funny touches, as in the panoply of “LOST” posters on a bulletin board, which include the following pleas: “LOST: My marbles! Help!” and “Lost My Hat. I want it back” (which, with the conical red hat pictured, is a clear and clever nod to Klassen’s I Want My Hat Back, BCCB 11/11). Pair this with Willems’ Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion (BCCB 12/10) for a look at stuffed toys graduating to new adventures, or simply snuggle up with a favorite stuffed pal for a cozy lap read. JH - Copyright 2014 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.

Booklist - 04/15/2014 Question: Will books about lost toys ever go out of style? Answer: Does a bear skip in the woods? This one does, anyway, and he discovers an abandoned stuffed rabbit. Well, that’s no good! He rushes home, designs a Found poster, and then posts cute little copies of it everywhere, from the tip-tops of trees to beneath the stream. For a long while, nothing happens—until one day a moose stops him with a cry of Floppy, my bunny! Here things take a poignant turn; Bear discovers he doesn’t want to return Floppy. It’s quite sad, until Moose, who is an adult (you can tell because he wears a tie, though nothing else), realizes that special toys are meant to be passed on to someone special. The story is as simple as can be, but the emotions behind it are complex, and Yoon’s bright, thick-lined digital illustrations reflect that—they’re both cute as heck and heartbreaking, and alternate between amusing panoramas and emotional close-ups. Knuffle Bunny fans, hark! - Copyright 2014 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 05/01/2014 PreS-Gr 1—Bear finds a lost toy bunny in the forest and adores it instantly. Bravely, he does the right thing by putting up "Found" notices and searching diligently for the bunny's owner. Just when he thinks no one will claim it, Moose recognizes his lost lovey. Bear prepares for a tearful parting, but Moose has outgrown the toy (as indicated by his necktie) and gladly passes it on to an appreciative Bear. "Floppy was home, safe and FOUND!" Bear is such a good guy: he cares about others' feelings, he's proactive, he's even responsible enough to wear a helmet while riding a tricycle. It's impossible not to like him. The consistently inanimate portrayal of Floppy emphasizes the intensity of Bear's feelings and imagination. The simplicity of the understated text lets the emotion shine through. Thick-lined, opaque digital paintings offer dramatic perspectives alternating with straightforward scenes. Humorous touches include a bulletin board of clever LOST flyers and a little bird who follows Bear around, clearly interested in Floppy's fate. A touching, satisfying story that models healthy love between people and their toys.—Heidi Estrin, Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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