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Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Family and Friends

 


2014 Award
Stella's Starliner
(by Rosemary Wells, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

Stella and her Mom live in a silver "house" all week while her Dad drives off to work in his red truck. For a long time Stella was content; but then some nasty weasels hurt Stella's feelings by calling her home nothing but a broken down old trailer. Magically, Dad arrives and carries his family off through the sky to a place where others appreciate the beauty of their silver home. The story just doesn't measure up to the beauty of Rosemary Wells' detailed illustrations; a charming dual homage to the pointillists and Van Gogh with his starry night. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Tilly's Staycation
(Childs Play $16.99 Score:)

It is vacation time and all of Tilly's friends are going away. Tilly keeps hoping that Mom is going to come up with a trip, even to Grandma's. But Mom has other ideas and Tilly discovers the fun of their special "staycation." 3-5

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2014.

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2013 Awards
Pip and Posy The Snowy Day
(Axel Scheffler, Candlewick $12.99 Score:)

Pip and Posy enjoy all the typical fun of a snowy day until they have a snow throwing quarrel over making a snow mouse or snow rabbit. A small story about friends who learn how to make up. A bit didactic, but may be a helpful way of talking about a typical preschool problem ( or should we say, a life problem, that is seldom solved so easily.) Maybe we will send our review copy on to Congress.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
The Silver Button
(Bob Graham, Candlewick $19 Score:)

On the same day that Jodie put a silver button on the duck she is drawing and her little brother took his first steps, Bob Graham gives us a world-wide view of all the things that are going on just outside their window and beyond. It's a big idea that may be more adult-like than one little children can put their arms around. That said, the illustrations are evocative and the idea is worth introducing to feed the imagination and a sense of the bigger world. To bring it closer to home, why not talk about what you thing others you know are doing at this very moment while you are sharing a storybook.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Splat Says Thank You!
(by Rob Scotton, HarperCollins $16.99 Score:)

Newest in a series of that lovable cat Splat. This time, Splat's little friend Seymour is sick and Splat tries to cheer him up by telling him all the things Seymour has done for Splat. He finishes each amusing event by thanking Seymour for his help. An amusing picturebook about friendship. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Curious George Says Thank You
(by Emily F. Meyer and Julie M. Bartynski/ illus. b, Houghton Mifflin $12.99 Score:)

This is one of the new Curious George books written in the style of the original. The stories are less complex and sometimes a bit didactic, though this one manages to make a thank you notes into something that might be fun. When George receives a thank you note for a birthday gift he likes the idea, especially putting stickers on cards. Any story that instills the idea of saying thanks for gifts strikes this reviewer as a positive idea. Great literature it is not--but it does make a good story that can be followed up with stickers, paper, markers and thank-you notes for holiday gifts. Also see, Splat says Thanks You!

We notice that online there is a book with stationary package. That looks like a great combo for followup fun.

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

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2012 Award
The Adventures of Little Nutbrown Hare
(By Sam McBratney, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

Good news for fans of Little Nutbrown Hare. A warm and fuzzy collections of small adventures as the little one goes out into the world with Big Nutbrown never far away. These small adventures toward independence are child-size without any big scary moments. As always, the illustrations capture the special moments (such as Little Nutbrown sitting all alone in the leafy tree or blowing dandelion seeds or hanging onto Big Nutbrown's long ears)with a delightful childlike charm. 3 & up

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
What Will You Be, Grandma?
(Nanette Newman/ illus. Emma Chichester Clark, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

A playful dialogue begins with Lily asking what her grandma what she would like to be when she grows up. Lily's imagination takes off with a variety of choices that lend themselves to fun illustrations. An entertaining read aloud that might lead to some further occupational choices to dream up. 4-7

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

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2012 Award
What Will You Be, Grandma?
(Nanette Newman/ illus. Emma Chichester Clark, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

A playful dialogue begins with Lily asking what her grandma what she would like to be when she grows up. Lily's imagination takes off with a variety of choices that lend themselves to fun illustrations. An entertaining read aloud that might lead to some further occupational choices to dream up. 4-7

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

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2012 Awards
All About Grandmas
(by Roni Schotter/ illus. Janice Nadeau, Dial $16.99 Score:)

Told in lyrical verse, this ode to grandmas takes a look at the diversity of grandmas in the world. Far from the old stereotypes, the artist and author remind us that they not only donít all look alike, they all do different things, though they all have one thing in common--the love they have for their grandchildren. A keeper! 3 & up

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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