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Age: Late Elementary School Years
Categories: Folk Tales

 


2011 Award
Gifts From the Gods
(retold by Lise Lunge-Larsen. Ilus, Gareth Hinds, Houghton Mifflin $18.99 Score:)

Lise Lunge-Larsen begins and ends each of these classic myths by connecting them to the way we use a name or word from the stories in our every day lives. She connects words we speak to these ancient tales. Her storytelling style keeps the stories short but pithy. The art has some cartoonish elements, including comic book style bubbles. It all adds up to an easier read than more serious myth collections. For those who take their myths seriously, these will not replace classics like the D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths. That said, it is an interesting way into the classics.

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

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2011 Award
I Am Tama, Lucky Cat, A Japanese Legend
(retold by Wendy Henrichs/ illus. Yoshiko Jaeggi, Peachtree $16.95 Score:)

You have probably seen little Lucky Cat figurines with one paw uplifted in Japanese shops and restaurants. This is the back story of that little cat who finds shelter in the home of a monk and manages to bring good fortune to the monk and those who come to pray. When a Samurai comes calling it is the Lucky Cat who saves him from danger and who eventually comes to care for the temple and those who live in it. Handsome watercolor paintings add an authentic charm to the story. 5-9

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 Secret Message
(retold by Mina Javaherbin/ ilus Bruce Whatley, Hyperion $16.99 Score:)

Based on an ancient poem from Iran, this is the story of a parrot that was captured and kept in a cage by a merchant who profits from the parrot's beauty. When the merchant goes to India the bird tricks him into telling his parrot friends how he much he misses them. His friends then trick the merchant by falling down and playing dead. Upon the merchant's return, he tells the parrot about what happened to his friends. The captive parrot understood and follows their example and manages to win his freedom at last.

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

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2010 Award
Gods & Heroes
(Mathew Reinhart and Robert Sabuda, Candlewick $29.99 Score:)

From the Encyclopedia Mythologica series this extraordinary pop-up book takes readers from Ancient Egypt to the lofty thrones of Mount Olympus of Greece to the Norse God Odin. It then moves on to the Far East and on to the Aztecs. The text is light, but the pop-ups are memorable and just might feed the curiosity or give it a memorable base on which to build. This is a coffee table book that adults will find as amazing as young readers. Since the side pop-ups are more delicate, you will want to share this together with younger kids. It is a delicate work of art that should become a collectable in time.

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

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2009 Award
A Treasury of Princess Stories
(retold by Amy Ehrlich/ illus. by Gary Blythe, Candlewick $19.99 Score:)

Six of the best known Princess stories are in this lovely collection. Each story opens with an enchanting pop-up and is illustrated with dreamy impressionistic paintings. This is one of those books that will be enjoyed first as a read aloud and again as a read alone. It includes:  The Princess and the Pea, The Wild Swans, Snow White, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, and the Frog Prince.  

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

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Awards
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
(Viking $13.95 Score:) At last, we are privy to what really happened when a fellow by the name of A. Wolf, a poor wolf wanted to borrow a cup of sugar from a certain pig. A great way to help kids begin to think about how point of view can change a story. 5-8.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: .

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2003 Award
The Nightingale
(retold and illus. by Jerry Pinkney, Penguin $16.99 Score:) Instead of the usual Chinese setting, Jerry Pinkney transports this classic tale to Morocco with lush and beautiful watercolors.Instead of an Emperor, there is a King and the people of his court have different titles, as well. Pinkney's beautiful retelling has a musical quality that matches the rich and delicately detailed illustrations of the people, architecture and animals of Northwest Africa.6-10. Equally special and a 2003 Platinum Award winner, The Nightingale (retold by Stephen Mitchell/illus. by Bagram Ibatoulline, Candlewick $17.99 ) A retelling of a timeless tale by Hans Christian Andersen about an Emperor who learns almost too late that the novelty of a bejeweled mechanical bird is not as lasting or precious as the song and love of the real nightingale. Illustrated with the artistry of classic Chinese scroll paintings! 610.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
The Nightingale
(retold and illus. by Jerry Pinkney, Penguin $16.99 Score:) Instead of the usual Chinese setting, Jerry Pinkney transports this classic tale to Morocco with lush and beautiful watercolors. Instead of an Emperor, there is a King and the people of his court have different titles, as well. Pinkney's beautiful retelling has a musical quality that matches the rich and delicately detailed illustrations of the people, architecture and animals of Northwest Africa.6-10.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
The Boy Who Drew Cats
(adapted by Margaret Hodges/ illus. by Aki Sogabe, Holiday House $16.95 Score:) A traditional Japanese folktale about a boy who became a great painter. His obsession for drawing cats saves his life! Illustrated here in striking cut paper and watercolors. 7 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
The Nightingale
(retold by Stephen Mitchell/illus. by Bagram Ibatou, Candlewick $17.99 Score:) A beautiful retelling of the timeless tale by Hans Christian Andersen about an Emperor who learns almost too late that the novelty of a bejeweled mechanical bird is not as lasting or precious as the song and love of the real nightingale. Illustrated with the artistry of classic Chinese scroll paintings! 610.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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