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Product Type: Books
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Holiday Books
Subcategories: Christmas

 


2011 Award
The Carpenter's Gift
(by David Rubel/ illus. by Jim LaMarche, Random House $17.99 Score:)

With so many people out of work this book, set in the Great Depression may well resonate with young people today. It's Christmas 1931 and Henry and his out-of-work father go to New York to sell Christmas trees to earn a little money. They have no money for heat or blankets. When they get to New York City they unload their trees on the site where Rockefeller Center is being built and the men working on the site take a liking to them. At the end of the day Henry's dad leaves a tree that the construction workers decorate; the first of the many glorious trees that will stand on that site. Before he leaves, Henry finds a pinecone near the tree and takes it home. The next day several of the workers show up at Henry's home with scrap lumber. Together they construct a small house and Henry plants the pinecone. Click forward. Henry is now an old man. He is living in the house and the little pine cone has become a giant tree. Henry ends up donating his giant tree for Rockefeller Center when he learns that the tree will be turned into wood for a needy family's Habitat for Living Home. The story of the Christmas of 1931 and the real first tree is told in the author's notes. This is one of those big beautiful holiday books with lush illustrations and heartfelt story. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
The Spider's Gift, A Ukranian Christmas Tale
(Retold by Eric A. Kimmel/ illus. by Katya Krenina, Holiday House $16.99 Score:)

A traditional folktale about a family that is too poor to celebrate Christmas as they usually did. Instead they go into the woods and bring back a tree that they decorate with gold buttons from the sewing box. Soon after the tree is decorated they discover that it is covered with spider's eggs that hatch from the warmth of the house. While they are at church the webs they create turn to real silver and the buttons turn gold. An old fashioned miracle story.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2010.

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2010 Award
Christmas with the Mousekins
(by Maggie Smith, Knopf $15.99 Score:)

A clever combination of story and crafts, broadly based on the Night Before Christmas. This will not replace an authentic reading of the classic poem. But, if you bring this home long before the holidays kids can use it as a recipe book for making simple decorations, tasty treats, and lovely little gifts that are realistically age appropriate. Maggie Smith's illustrations and choice of activities are picture book perfect and show how to make interesting cut chains for the tree, among other crafty ideas. Of course, these are going to require parental assistance, but the story is designed to inspire active doing that fit the spirit of the season.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2001 Awards
If You Take a Mouse to the Movies
(HarperCollins $15.95 Score:) A Christmas treat from the team that created If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. The movie popcorn is needed for the Christmas tree of course and that's where the fun begins! A "read it again" romp. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Award
A Letter to Santa Claus
(by Brigette Weninger/illus. by Anne Moller, North-South $15.95 Score:) When Oliver, a poor child, hears about Santa he uses the gift of a balloon to send his wishes north. But the balloon sails south and a grumpy old man finds it. His unselfish letter transforms the "bah-hum-bug" man and the boy's life. 4–8.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
The Nutcracker
(by David & Noelle Carter, Simon & Schuster $19.95 Score:) Best known for his pop-up bug books, Carter and his wife orchestrate a very special bug-less Nutcracker treat that's reminiscent of old-fashioned holiday cards—each capturing a different scene from Hoffman's classic tale. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Award
Santa's New Suit
(by Laura Rader, HarperCollins $15.95 Score:) Santa is just plain tired of wearing the same old red suit. But his attempts to find a new look are not well received. Does the suit make the man? A clever twist> & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Award
Snowie Rolie
(by William Joyce, HarperCollins $15.95 Score:) Olie takes his new friend, Mr. Snowie, to Chillsville where they meet a well-known resident, Klanky Klaus. Fans of Joyce's Rolie Polie will enjoy this snowy adventure. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Award
Truffle's Christmas
(by Anna Currey, Orchard $15.95 Score:) Little mouse Truffle fears that he made a big mistake. He asked Santa for a toy instead of the blanket his family needs to keep warm. He ventures out to find Santa to change his list. A warm and cozy ending makes this a good choice for the holidays. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Zelda and Ivy One Christmas
(by Laura M. Krasnosky, Candlewick $15.99 Score:) Two lovable siblings celebrate Christmas with wishes that come true and good cheer for their neighbor, too. A book about giving—not just getting! 4–8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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