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

 


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 Award
Santa Retires
(by David Bedrzycki, Charlesbridge $16.95 Score:)

After a bad winter, Santa and his missus decided to retire to Miseltoe Island. But, when Christmas rolls around there is no way Santa can just play tennis and do yoga. Not to worry, as always, that jolly old fellow and his Missus have got things under control. This may be more an adult book than one for the kiddies, but it is amusing.

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

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2012 Award
Christmas Wombat
(BY Jackie French, Clarion $16.99 Score:)

A small but feisty wombat takes on Santa's reindeer and other animals along the way who try to eat the many carrots at each stop. Though we hardly see good old St. Nick, this tour de carrots has a nice wry sense of humor. 4 & up.

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

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2012 Award
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
(By Jane Cabrera, Holiday House $16.95 Score:)

Once again Jane Cabrera takes a familiar nursery song/rhyme and infuses it with her colorful illustrations that give it a new life. In this singable book every double page spread features a parent and child animal pair under the moon and starry night. She takes little ones to the forest, under the sea, to the faraway Arctic, the grassy plains, over the mountains, and into the jungle. The text does not labor the locale nor the names of the creatures. Filling in that info is something adults can gradually add as they look with their little listeners at the illustrations and name the pairs and places.

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

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2012 Awards
Mice on Ice
(by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley, Holiday House $14.95 Score:)

Though the shape is larger than the usual easy-to-read series book, this true beginner's book uses very few words and colorful illustrations that will appeal to new readers. Fun for working on rhyming, as well. Level 1

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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2012 Award
I Spy Under the Sea
(by Edward Gibbs, Candlewick $14.99 Score:)

With cut out openings that allow for previewing what comes next, this young science book introduces beginners to a number of sea creatures. It begins with seven clown fish and counts down to one shark. There is not a good reason for the creatures chosen, nor do the hints really define them in a unique way. That said, this is a simple counting book with an ocean setting. Edward Gibbs' underwater art fills the pages with active and attractive sea life on sturdy stock pages.  Preschoolers will like the peek-a-boo format that shows them part to whole images. 3 & up.

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

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2012 Award
Peepsqueak!
(by Leslie Ann Clark, Harper $12.99 Score:)

A determined little chick pops out of its shell and wants to fly. Though all the animals try to tell him that he cannot do that, Peepsqueak keeps on trying. A small story for beginners with a repetitive line that preschoolers will love to chime in on. 2-5

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

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2012 Award
I Have Two Homes
(by Marian DeSmet/ illus. Hynke Talsma, Clavis $15.95 Score:)

Nina's story of life in a family of divorce is, as the jacket suggests, an "uncomplicated" account of what it is like to have two homes. It is a sad tale and reads more like bibliotherapy. Yet, we think it worth noting, since it can be a conversation opener for families dealing with similar situations. Sometimes a book can open the floodgates or at least help children know that they are not unique and that others have lived through such events.

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

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