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Product Type: Books
Award: Gold
Age: Preschoolers
Review Year: 2012

 


2012 Award
This is Not My Hat
(by Jon Klassen, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

What happens when you steal? This little lesson in morality is told with humor and some suspense. Though message books are out of style, this one speaks directly to the notion of the wages of sin.
The artist's underwater greens and scenes look amazingly like Homage to Leo Lioni's Big Fish Little Fish. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2012. 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
What Happens Next?
(by Nicola Davies/ illus. Marc Boutavant, Candlewick $9.99 Score:)

Young science that will captivate preschoolers. Each animal is on the brink of an action. A chameleon with a long tongue spots a grasshopper. What happens next? Turn the half page and zap the grasshopper is about to be history. A bee is in a patch of flowers. What happens next? Turn the half page and see inside the hive. This action packed little book is playful, suspenseful and full of information. Also see Who Lives Here? from the same team. Flip the flaps and find out who lives in a variety of habitats. 3 & up.

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

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2012 Award
Goldilocks Variations
(by Allan Ahlberg/ illus Jessica Ahlberg, Candlewick $17.95 Score:)

Goldilocks seems to have been in the air this season with several new variations on the classic story. Allan Ahlberg, the creator of the Jolly Postman, has done a collection of amusing versions, one with not three but thirty-three Bears. Among the several stories is a pop-up play, one with a cottage that grows into a tall house and several other stories with pull the tab variations. This is a novelty book with some entertaining surprises for kids who know the original tale and may like making up further adventures of their own for these classic characters.

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

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2012 Award
Olive and the Big Secret
(Tor Freeman, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

Keeping a secret is so hard to do. That's what Olive finds out, the hard way. After trying hard not to tell, she confides in a friend who has trouble holding on to the secret, too. An amusing little tale that goes full circle and opens the way to talk about secrets. 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
Five Little Monkeys Jump in the Bath
(by Eileen Christelow, Houghton Mifflin $7.99 Score:)

As always those five silly monkeys are into their mischief making. This time out they have had too much icky sticky ice cream mixed with sloppy gloppy mud. So into the tub they go. Will this do the job? Well, yes, until they start slurping their soupy supper. Poor Mama! The rhyming is playful as always, making this another fun read-aloud. Printed on sturdy cardboard pages that will survive less than gentle little hands. 2 & up.

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

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2012 Award
Help Me Learn Subtraction
(by Jean Marzollo/ illus. Chad Phillips, Holiday House $15.95 Score:)

Newest in an excellent series that introduces beginners to the concept of subtraction. Using rhymes that give auditory cues and photographs for visual clues, the symbols of math equations become playful and concrete. For young children the concrete objects pictured add an understanding of the number symbols. Eventually children will not need the images, but for young children, these images are already one step beyond real objects. You can further reinforce the concepts of subtracting with crackers or cheerios to represent the same equations on the pages. Frankly, M&Ms and kisses were always my favorite way to teach subtraction. But Jean Marzollo's rhymes add a dash of humor that is always welcome when dealing with numbers! They say 3-7, we say more like 5-7.

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

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2012 Award
How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah?
(by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague, Scholastic $16.99 Score:)

It's Chanukah. Are those naughty dinosaurs getting into a lot of mischief, blowing out the candles on the menorah? Peeking for presents under dad's bed? Making a mess around the house? Well it seems that way, but not really. The first half of the book is just a set up, because those funny dinosaurs really do everything right. A fun romp in rhyme.

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

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2012 Award
How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas?
(by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague, Scholastic $16.99 Score:)

Once again those naughty dinosaurs get into a lot of mischief and muck up the house as Christmas approaches. But the first half of the book is just a set up, because those good old dinosaurs really do everything right. A fun romp in rhyme.

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

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