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Age: Preschoolers

 


2011 Award
Bear and Turtle and the Great Lake Race
(told by Andrew F. Peters/ illus by Alison Edgson, Childs Play $7.99 Score:)

This trickster tale starts out like the Tortoise and the Hare, only this time it Turtle and Bear. In the race to get across the lake Bear is sure he is going to outrun Turtle, but Turtle outwits him with a lot of help from his brothers and sisters! This Native American folktale is one of a series of paperback books, each packaged with a CD. There is no music or over the top narration. The telling is pretty straightforward, with bell signals to turn the pages. Also in the series, Rabbit Cooks up a Cunning Plan, Dingo Dog and the Billabong Storm, The Ant and the Big Bad Bully Goat.

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

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2011 Award
Rabbit Cooks Up a Cunning Plan
(Told by Andrew F. Peters/ illus. Bruno Robert, Childs Play $7.99 Score:)

All the animals are afraid of the big old hungry Mountain Lion. When he threatens to eat them all, they promise to take turns cooking him special dinners, so that he will have no need to eat them up.  Each of them do this until Rabbit forgets to cook anything. But then, the clever little one cooks up a plan that frees everyone from the dreaded lion. He tells lion that he was attacked by another lion that is bigger and more ferocious. When lion insists on seeing the other lion for himself, rabbit leads him to a deep well where he plunges in after the lion he hears and sees. This North American folktale is one of a series of paperback books, each packaged with a CD. There is no music or over the top narration. The telling is pretty straightforward, with bell signals to turn the pages. Also in the series, Bear and Turtle and the Great Lake Race, Dingo Dog and the Billabong Storm, The Ant and the Big Bad Bully Goat.

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

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2010 Award
Ranky Tanky
(Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem, Mayhem Music $16.95 Score:)

There's a joyful mix of music here. You'll be tappin' you feet and laughing out loud. There's Dixieland, folk tunes, old pop music (like Bushel and a Peck, Purple People Eater, and Where Did You Get That Hat?) and some brand new originals. It's all played with an upbeat that makes you want to smile. You'll hear fiddles, ukes, banjos, harmonium, kazooz, trumpets, tuba, trombone, clarinet and oh yes, a balloon and veggie baster. Really. This is one for the whole family.

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

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2010 Award
Elizabeth Mitchell: Sunny Day
(Elizabeth Mitchell, Smithsonian Folkways $12 Score:)

From start to finish this collection of music has quality, variety and good taste. Unlike so many CD's for kids, there are no cutsie lyrics that only half rhyme or music that sounds like a soundtrack for an elevator. This really is music that will make your day a little sunnier,  even if the clouds have gathered. The music is made with a great variety of instruments from harmonicas, guitar, drums, banjo, clarinet, recorders, violins, auto harp, glockenspiel, mandolin, and wonderful voices that you'll want to sing along with as you come to know these pleasing selections. All ages.

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

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2010 Award
Wake Up Clarinet!
(Oran Etkin, Timbalooloo $16.98 Score:)

Well known jazz clarinetist Oran Etkin introduces his own "Timbalooloo" method for get young children involved in moving and responding to the music. This is not just a sit there and watch kind of CD, it has tracks that will also play as a DVD. The music is original and anything but the usual kiddie fare. For parents who especially like jazz, this is a good place to start with younger listeners. 

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

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2010 Award
The Night Before Christmas
(by Clement C. Moore/ illus. Eric Puybaret, Music a, Charlesbridge $19.95 Score:)

An oversized picture book with stylized fresh images of this classic holiday poem. Puybaret's Santa has a waxed mustachio and a very long cap. His white reindeer have a rather unusual look and each setting has small details for children to delight in. Best of all, the second track of the CD has a reading of the poem done by Mary Travers in her last recording session. Her voice is weak and sometimes the background music overwhelms the narration, but those who loved her will find her reading as moving as so many as her songs always were. Also on the CD, A'Soalin ("Hey ho, nobody home, meat nor drink nor money have I none Yet shall we be merry") from a 1963 recording plus a musical version of The Night Before Christmas--sorry, but the latter is not as wonderful as Mary Travers' reading.

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

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2010 Award
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?
(by Bill Martin /Eric Carle, Narrated by Gwyneth Pa, Macmillan Young Listeners $9.99 Score:)

This classic picturebook comes packaged in a paperback edition accompanied with a CD narrated by Gwyneth Paltrow. It's a soothing repetitive refrain with Eric Carle's delightful paper and paint collages of familiar animals and what they hear. The single disk is a good one for naptime and quieting down for the night time. 2 & up.

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

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2010 Award
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed the Sea
(by Clement C. Moore/ illus. Eric Puybaret, Childs Play $7.99 Score:)

Adapted from the familiar folksong, There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. Here, the habitat is changed to the seaside and the bold cheerful illustrations go hand in hand with a lively rendition sung on the CD. Kids can follow along with the words and follow the circular cutaways as they sing the refrain or just sing along from memory. There are two versions on the CD; one is a sing-along the other is karaoke.

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

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2010 Award
Chicken Licken, book & CD
(illus. by Francesca Assirelli, Child's Play $7.99 Score:)

A charming paperback of a classic tale with lift the flaps and a CD with word-for-word text. For beginning readers, this is a good way to reinforce vocabulary and eye sweep. Lifting the flaps just adds to the fun. For preschoolers the story will be enjoyed for pure listening pleasure. The narrator uses multiple voices as he plays the many characters on the way to tell the king that the sky is falling. And, yes that fox keeps popping up in the oddest places.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010.

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2010 Award
The Complete Adventures of Curious George 70th Anniversary edition & CD
(by Margret and H.A. Rey, narrated by various reade, Houghton Mifflin $29.99 Score:)

This anthology includes seven Curious George stories in one big book. The art is as it always was and so is the text. The only question is will you like holding this hefty book in your lap when sharing it with young children? Just in case you would rather not, the publisher has taken recordings of all the stories and put them on two CD's that are tucked inside the front and back cover. So, this is a collection kids can enjoy with an adult or on their own.

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

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