Search Results for -
Product Type: Books
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: School

 


2012 Award
Lost and Found
(by Bill Harley/ illus. Adam Gustavson, Peachtree Press $16.95 Score:)

When Justin lost a hat his Grandmother made for him, his mother insists that he needs to take better care of his things. Justin takes this to heart and discovers a Lost and Found box in Mr. Rumowsky’s office. Each trip into the giant box has its own fears that are overcome. Justin brings forth treasures for others, but not his own missing hat. Still, when Gram comes visiting Justin has a hat that appears to be the missing one. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

Comments: Be the first to post _______________________________________________________________________

 

 


2012 Award
Bailey at the Museum
(by Harry Bliss, Scholastic $16.99 Score:)

Having a classmate like Bailey, a curious pooch, does make for a lively field trip to the Natural History Museum. Bailey is more than enthusiastic about sampling the dinosaur bones and somewhat under impressed by the Stone Age display. The narrative is told in prose that is lightened up with dialogue bubbles. Thanks to the cartoonish illustrations and the bubbles, we get a take on Bailey's often amusing thoughts as well as those of his teacher, the museum guard and others.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

Comments: Be the first to post _______________________________________________________________________

 

 


2011 Award
First Day of School
(by Anne Rockwell/ illus. Lizzy Rockwell, HarperCollins $16.99 Score:)

Most back to school books are about the first day ever. They are about separation. This is the exception. The Rockwells have taken on the excitement and newness of returning students, who have a different set of concerns. Told from the viewpoint of many children rather than one child's angst. It may be a schoolroom or library choice rather than one for the at home crowd. 6 & up.

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

Comments: Be the first to post _______________________________________________________________________

 

 


2011 Award
Rosie Sprout's Time to Shine
(by Allison Wortche/illus by Patricia Barton, Knopf $19.99 Score:)

Poor Rosie is a little green with envy. A girl named Violet seems to be best at everything. Rosie can take just so much and then one day, after the class has planted seeds, she wants her plant to be the best. When no one is looking, all-too-human Rosie pokes Violet's sprouting plant into the soil. Almost at once, she regrets what she has done, especially when she learns that Violet has the Chickenpox. While Violet is getting better Rosie finds a way to make things right. A gentle little story that will resonate with early years children. 4-8.

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

Comments: Be the first to post _______________________________________________________________________

 

 


2011 Award
Yoko's Show and Tell
(by Rosemary Wells, Hyperion $15.99 Score:)

Yoko's grandparents send her an antique doll that has been in their family for years. Yoko wants to take Miki to school for show and tell and disobeys her mother's Big No voice. There is plenty of action, suspense and an important lesson to learn in this beautiful little picture book. Rosemary Wells' Japanese textiles are small gems. 3-6

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

Comments: Be the first to post _______________________________________________________________________

 

 


2010 Award
Rain School
(by James Rumford, Houghton Mifflin $16.99 Score:)

Introducing children to other cultures is best done in terms of experiences that are familiar. Going to school is one of the life experiences that children share, but in Chad the school house is washed away each year in the rainy season and before traditional classes can begin, the children learn how to make mud bricks, desks, and a thatched roof. This simple story with a minimum of words and handsome illustrations transports the reader to another world where schooling begins with learning more basic than the A,B, C's.

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

Comments: Be the first to post _______________________________________________________________________

 

 


2010 Award
A Pirate's Guide to First Grade
(by James Preller/ illus. by Greg Ruth, Feiwel & Friends $16.99 Score:)

Yo Ho, maties! If you have a pirate in your midst, bring this swaggering tale home at once. It's the first day of school and the young swashbuklin' boy is off to school, but not without his imaginary mates--who are drawn in sepia lines that appear behind the full color illustrations of the boy's "real world." It's a lively fantasy to please the imagination and great good fun for grown-ups to read aloud. 4 & up

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

Comments: Be the first to post _______________________________________________________________________

 

 


2010 Award
A Very Big Bunny
(by Marisabina Russo, Schwartz & Wade $17.99 Score:)

To quote Joe E. Brown in Some Like it Hot--"Nobody's perfect." So it is for Amelia, a very big bunny who towers over her classmates. Tall kids will surely relate to this bunny that is too tall to jump rope with the others and has feet too big for hopscotch. Enter Susannah, a new bunny that is so small, she is also an outcast. Their friendship eventually helps them both over the hoops. The idea of the book is better than the resolution, but for kids who are troubled by their size this is a book that says there are others in the world who know how they feel. The art is bright and pleasing. Best of all, this is a storybook that can help to open a dialogue about dealing with this all too typical problem of being too tall, too small, too fat, too thin or too anything. 5 & up.

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

Comments: Be the first to post _______________________________________________________________________

 

 


2010 Award
The Sandwich Swap
(by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah with Kelly , Hyperion $16.99 Score:)

Lily and Salma are best friends until they get into a dispute over the differences in their lunches. Lily has peanut butter and jelly while Salma's sandwich is made with hummus. When their dispute spreads the lunchroom erupts into a food fight (we could have done without that given the many hungry children in the world). That said, the two girls come up with a solution and discover in swapping sandwiches that different is not the same thing as bad. A little preachy, but a worthwhile message meant to unite us in a world with so many nasty messages meant to divide. 5 & up

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

Comments: Be the first to post _______________________________________________________________________

 

 


2009 Award
Max and the Dumb Flower Picture
(by Martha Alexander with James Rumford, Charlesbridge $9.95 Score:)

A little gem of a story.  Max’s teacher gives all the children a flower to color that they can give as a gift for Mother’s Day. Max knows his mother would not like a pre-made flower. He refuses to color it. Instead, Max sets an example that inspires his friends and pleases the grown-ups as well.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

Comments: Be the first to post _______________________________________________________________________

 

 

 

 

 

 

Products for Infants
Products for Toddlers
Products for Preschoolers
Products for Early School Years
Products for Later School Years
Twitter   Facebook     YouTube 

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio - All Rights Reserved. Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award, and Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Blue Chip Award are Registered Trademarks of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio.


Instructions for submitting product to the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio for review.

 

 

Contact the Toyportfolio by phone at (212) 598-0502 or by email at Webmaster@Toyportfolio.com.

Copyright 1995-2013

 

Products reviewed by the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio are provided by the manufacturer at their cost. The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio does not require or accept fees for reviewing products.