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

 


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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2010 Award
Ginger and the Mystery Visitor
(by Charlotte Voake, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

A greedy little cat keeps coming to Ginger and the kitten's house and eating up their food--Goldilocks style. Eventually, the girl who takes care of Ginger and the kitten puts a note on the uninvited cat. Soon a message arrives that says "Tiddles" gets two meals a day and please do not feed him any more--he is getting fat. It's a cute little mystery solved in 32 pages. 3 & up.

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

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2010 Award
Fleabag
(by Helen Stephens, Henry Holt $16.99 Score:)

An old fashioned story that even looks like a picture book from an earlier time. Yet the story of a boy and his dog or in this case a dog and his boy never grow old. This one is told simply in an uncomplicated way that young preschoolers will be able to follow. There's a sweet little story here of a dog that no on cares about until he meets a little boy in the park who does. When the boy and his family are about to move the stray dog, Fleabag is the one who takes care of the boy and you know how this is going to end. 

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

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Little Owl Lost
(by Chris Haughton, Candlewick $14.95 Score:)

When little owl falls out of a tree Squirrel finds him and does all he can do to help Owl find his Mama. Taking each description of Mama literally, when the little owl says his mama is big, Squirrel leads the lost owl to bear. When Owl says mama has pointy ears Squirrel leads him to rabbit. All's well that ends well in this quick read aloud with a satisfying ending that toddlers will appreciate. 2 & up.

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

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2010 Award
Sally's Great Balloon Adventure
(by Stephen Huneck, Abrams Books $16.95 Score:)

Following the delicious scent of fried chicken Sally, a curious Labrador retriever finds her way into the gondola of a hot air balloon. By accident, she pulls the ropes and takes off on a flying adventure. There's just enough suspense and daring-do to keep the attention of preschoolers. The art work, done with bold wood block prints is handsome. 3 & up.

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

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