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Product Type: Books
Age: Preschoolers
Categories: First Little Stories, Adventures and Mysteries

 


2013 Award
Here Comes Trouble
(by Corinne Demas/ illus Noah Z. Jones, Scholastic $16.95 Score:)

Emma's dog, Toby does not like cats, especially the cat from next door. So, when Pandora arrives for a visit poor Toby is an unhappy camper in his own home. In a nicely paced and lively story that snooty cat ends (spoiler alert) up a tree and itís Toby who ends up the hero. 

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2013. 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
Little Bear's Little Boat
(by Eve Bunting/ illus. by Nancy Carpenter, Houghton Mifflin $7.99 Score:)

Little Bear loves his boat until he discovers that he has grown way too big for it. Though it is hard to give the boat he has outgrown, he finds a way of passing on his treasure and discovering the pleasures of growing up. A charming story with lovely art on study board pages. 2-4

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

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2011 Award
George Flies South
(by Simon James, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

There is just the right amount of page turning suspense in this sweet story of a little bird that does not want to leave his nest and thinks he cannot fly. Winter is coming and it is time to fly south. Then nature takes a hand and lifts the nest out of the tree and off to an adventure that is at once exciting and reassuring, since Mama bird manages to follow her baby and urge him on. It is no so much about separation as it is about the scariness of trying new things and the joy of succeeding. It speaks volumes.

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

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2011 Award
Five Little Monkeys Reading in Bed
(by Eileen Christelow, Clarion $16.99 Score:)

Those five mischievous little monkeys are at it again, only this time, they are so excited about being able to read they cannot stop. Of course, it is bedtime and Mama says it is time to put the books away and go to sleep. When Mama takes away the books though, the story gets even sillier. Now it is Mama who cannot stop reading!

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

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2011 Award
Puppy is Lost
(by Harriet Ziefert/illus. Noah Woods, Blue Apple $16.99 Score:)

Anyone who has ever lost a pet will relate to this sad but happily ever after tale. Told from two points of view, we get a sense of what both the lost puppy and the boy are feeling. There is not a lot of text here, but there are tons of vivid cartoonish images with details that kids will like to explore.

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

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2011 Award
Tweak Tweak
(by Eve Bunting/ illus. by Sergio Ruzzier, Clarion $14.99 Score:)

With a repetitive pattern, Tweak, Tweak has a decidedly old-fashioned predictable feel to it. Little Elephant and Mama go out for a walk. Little Elephant is curious about the things frog, monkey, bird, butterfly and crocodile can do. In each instance, Little Elephant imagines that she can jump like a frog, climb trees like a monkey, sing like a bird, fly like a butterfly and swim like a crocodile. For the very young and literal child, the playful images of Little Elephant doing these things (that Mama says cannot be done) may be confusing. That said, this is a tender little book that speaks to curiosity, learning about oneself, and the delights of imagining. It just might also help sort out the differences between those big ideas.  MAy be a better choice for upper age range of preschoolers.

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

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2011 Award
Where's Walrus?
(by Stephen Savage, Scholastic $16.99 Score:)

Unlike Where's Waldo that is a visual challenge for older kids, this is a visual game with wit, for preschoolers. When Walrus escapes from the zoo he manages to escape the zookeeper in a zippy jaunt around the city. A wordless book with Walrus in a different hat at every turn.

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

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2010 Award
The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark
(by Deborah Deisen/ illus. Dan Hanna, FSG $16.99 Score:)

When Ms Clam takes a yawn, the current moves in and her pearl is gone. Though this reviewer has some problem with the words 'yawn' and 'gone' as the opening rhyme, the rest of the verse gets less worse. In fact, it's a pretty amusing tale of a fish who is something of a super-hero, except he's afraid of the dark. A fun read aloud for kids who like action, humor and illustrations that are full of details that add much to the story.

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

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2010 Award
Nina Lost and Found
(by Anita Lobel, Knopf $15.99 Score:)

A runaway cat finds delight in newfound freedom when the door is left open. But as night falls and the sounds and creatures of the night appear, Nina is not so delighted with her adventure. This is not a very original story but the prose is lyrical and as always, Anita Lobel's art is the main attraction. If you love cats and flowers, this is a must have. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2010.

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