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Product Type: Books
Award: Gold
Age: Preschoolers
Review Year: 2010

 


2010 Award
Goldilocks and the Three Bears, A Tale Moderne
(by Steven Guarnaccia, Abrams Books $18.95 Score:)

These "hip" bears live in split-level home furnished in mid- century style. The story is the same, but the look is totally a la Eames and Noguchi. Kids might like to find all the ways that this telling is different or the same as the original. Chances are they will quickly realize that these bears were going to eat chili rather than porridge. But then, one must suspect that the artist has never had chili, since the bowls are filled with a green liquid. O.K. I am being literal. So maybe it is a green chili. But as one who loved the Arne Jacobsen "Egg" chair, it would never be described as 'way too soft' by anyone. That said, if you like to mix art history with your folktales, this is for you. From the creator of The Three Little Pigs, An Architectural Tale, also for art lovers.

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

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2010 Award
Me and You
(by Anthony Browne, FSG $16.99 Score:)

Here's a new take on the old Goldilocks story. These Three Bears are urban dwellers that find their breakfast porridge too hot. So in true Three Bear tradition they go for a walk. Juxtaposed with the bears, young Goldilocks is shown in multiple frames on alternating facing pages. She runs off in the first sequence, chasing a balloon that she never catches. Instead, she happens upon a house with an open door and the rest is history. There's a lot to look at in the small frames and children can no doubt tell you the story from the pictures. As always, Browne makes lively art that is child-friendly. Browne adds no strange twists here. Goldilocks is a city kid with a hoodie and glasses and looks nothing like the typical folktale charmer. His Three Bears talk about their work and the house as they walk in the park. Their art is more pastel and picturbooky. For the most part, it's a rather straightforward telling of the tale, just set in a more realistic world. 

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

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2010 Award
There's Going to be a Baby
(by John Burningham and Helen Oxenbury, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

Two masters combined forces to create a charming book about the anticipated arrival of a new baby. We wish the text matched the glorious art. Each handsome scene between Mama and the big brother-to-be is followed with multi-framed art imagining the baby to be. Most of it is amusing, though one must wonder if the baby's future career would be interesting to this little boy--rather than his own future. Obviously, imagining the baby as an artist covered with paint and working as a chef makes amusing art. But when Mama suggests baby might work at a zoo, the big brother's idea of baby being eaten by a tiger feels a little over the top. Granted, the anticipation of a sibling is likely to include some anxiety, the question, "Mommy, can't you tell the baby to go away? We don't really need the baby, do we?" is asked--but never answered. One could say better that way; but one might also wonder---why ask the question? Sure kids feelings about siblings often include such thoughts. But truth be told, such questions usually comes after the event.

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

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2010 Award
Switching On the Moon
(collected by Jane Yolen & A.K. Peters, Candlewick $21.99 Score:)

Dip into this treasure of poems and art selected for bedtime and sweet dreams. The poems are by such well known poets as Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Sylvia Plath, Langston Hughes, Mother Goose, and Karla Kuskin among many others. This oversized book is filled with evocative illustrations from a well-loved artist. A book that you will share and kids will eventually dive into alone when they can read.

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

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2010 Award
There are no cats in this book
(by Viviane Schwarz, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

If you want a laugh or two--maybe even three, this is an entertaining exercise. The cats inside the covers of this book want out. they want to see the world and try in multiple ways to escape. Rather than spoil the fun, have a look at this amusing picture book. It's hard to imagine that it will be read many times, since it is basically a one joke tale, but it's good fun. 4-7

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

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2010 Award
Welcome Home, Mouse
(by Elisa Kleven, Tricycle Press $15.99 Score:)

Elephant is something of a clumsy character, so when he accidentally destroys Mouse's cozy little house, he takes it upon himself to make a new home. There's a simple but gentle story here that children will easily relate to, especially those who tend to drop, bump and spill things unintentionally. Elisa Kleven's watercolors capture a world with an all's right in the world--happy ending. 3 & up.

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

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2010 Award
Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
(by Jane Cabrera, Holiday House $16.99 Score:)

This is not your Kindergarten teacher's Mulberry Bush song, but you can bet kindergarten teachers and preschool teachers and parents will be singing this new version. From the moment they wake until the time they go to sleep, Jane Cabrera follows two little pups through the day. Sung to the original melody, this has a repetitive refrain that kids can sing along with you as they enjoy the lively illustrations. 2-5

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

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2010 Award
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
(by Emma Chichester Clark, Candlewick $14.99 Score:)

Here's an oversized picture book of a classic. It flows nicely and will be a good read aloud. The language tends to be a tad more current than the usual telling. But that is not a problem. The detailed paintings with all their patterns and color are charming until Goldie is frightened and her hair stands up on end. Somehow such a comic book image feel a little misplaced in this otherwise old-fashioned book. That said, your preschooler will probably love this version. 3 & up.

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

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2010 Award
Little Helpers
(Innovative Kids $6.99 Score:)

Eco messages are often filled with guilt instead of positive actions that kids can realistically be a part of in the quest to make our world greener. That's what we like about this little book that delivers on simple actions that can make the world a better place.

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

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2010 Award
Green Start Storybook & Plush Sets
(Innovative Kids $9.99 Score:)

There are four different storybooks and four matching plush animals in this series. Each storybook tells a story about the featured animal -- where it lives and how. These are little science books told in simple fashion with clear illustrations. Each is packaged with a small huggable plush animal that fits in a little hand. There's one about Little Gorilla, Little Polar Bear, Little Elephant, and Little Panda. You can't go wrong with any of them. 3 & up.

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

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