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Product Type: Books
Award: Gold
Review Year: 2013

 


2013 Award
How Do Dinosaurs Say I'm Mad?
(by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague, Scholastic $16.99 Score:)

Everyone gets angry and the dinosaurs in Yolen's well-loved series are no exception. With humor and a lot of acting out, kids can get some vicarious pleasure in watching these silly dinosaurs let off steam and also seeing where that leads. 4 & up

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Digger Dozer Dumper
(Hope Vestergaard/ illus. David Slonim, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)


An entertaining collection of rhymes introduce truck lovers to more than a dozen vehicles and the work they do. Told in light verse with lively illustrations, there is plenty of action as a garbage truck, dump truck, backhoe and others push, bang, and shake. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Winter is for Snow
(by Robert Neubecker, Hyperion $16.95 Score:)

Two points of view on the subject of winter and snow bounce back and forth. One child loves everything about the cold snowy days, while the other is more a stay-at-home hates the cold type. The latter sounds a bit more adult-like, but it is hard to know when such attitudes begin. In any case, the art sets the mood and the snow and winter just build into an irresistible marshmallow delicious world that includes holidays for everyone. Even the most anti-winter ones among us will not be able to resist. 3-5

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Puppies and Kittens 2
(by Marilyn Easton, Scholastic $5.99 Score:)

A seemingly magical book that shows kittens when flipped from the top and puppies if flipped from the bottom. The information is straightforward without overwhelming the reader and the photos show the great variety of adorable creatures we know as puppies and kittens. An appealing choice for sharing with prereaders and for young readers who love pets and/or non-fiction. 2-3rd grade.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Award
Tap the Magic Tree
(by Christie Matheson, Greenwillow $15.99 Score:)

Listeners must do their part as they tap, clap, shake and make the seasons change in this imaginative book about a tree. There are no lift up flaps or pop-up pages. The transformation of a leafless tree happens as young listeners are asked to wiggle their fingers or jiggle a little before the pages are turned. It's a little bit of science mixed with a good helping of imagination that takes you through the year.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Awards
Maisy's First Colors
(Lucy Cousins, Candlewick $6.99 Score:)

All too often, books designed to introduce color concepts, are illustrated with wishy-washy colors or too many colors on a page. As always, Lucy Cousins keeps it clear and simple in this small book that shows a bold color on one page and examples of that color to find on the facing page. Maisy sticks to red, orange, green and blue with the familiar cast of Maisy's friends. A good choice for little lap sitters. Done in sturdy board stock that toddlers can explore without ripping.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Awards
Maisy's First Numbers
(Lucy Cousins, Candlewick $6.99 Score:)

As always, Maisy keeps it simple and this small counting book is a good example. Maisy sticks to counting from one to five with the numeral on one page and the objects on the facing page. Written in rhyme, this is a good read-aloud for little lap sitters. Done in sturdy board stock that toddlers can explore without ripping.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Award
Rocks and Minerals
(by Dan Green, Scholastic $15.99 Score:)

Rock hounds are going to dig the photos in this glossy book that gives in-depth info about geology and how rocks are formed and changed. A book to browse through or use for fact-finding homework searches. Access to a free digital companion book about collecting rocks, minerals and gems is an added feature. A book for true and expert readers. 10 & up.

  

Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Cinderelephant
(Emma Dodd, Scholastic $16.99 Score:)

Recast with a seriously strange cast, this retelling of Cinderella is visually fun and full of not too subtle word play. Cinderelephant's ugly cousins are two warthogs, known as the Warty Sisters and her fairy godmother is a small mouse who provides a stretch limo and requisite ballroom fashions. It's apparent from the start that Prince Trunky, son of King Saggy and Queen Wrinkly, will find his mate when Cinderelephant appears. There are few surprises here. That said, it is amusing to share and compare with the original. Do a bit of comparative lit and maybe spin another Cindy Tale with a different cast and even a different adventure. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Awards
Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Going to School?
(by Bill Martin Jr and Michael Sampson/ illus. by L, Amazon $16.99 Score:)

No reluctance about going to school in this bouncy picture book. Kitty Cat's day is full of fun and the daily events of early school days. Told in bouncy verse that is reminiscent of that old rhyme, "Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Go upstairs..." 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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