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Product Type: Books
Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Science

 


2012 Award
What Happens Next?
(by Nicola Davies/ illus. Marc Boutavant, Candlewick $9.99 Score:)

Young science that will captivate preschoolers. Each animal is on the brink of an action. A chameleon with a long tongue spots a grasshopper. What happens next? Turn the half page and zap the grasshopper is about to be history. A bee is in a patch of flowers. What happens next? Turn the half page and see inside the hive. This action packed little book is playful, suspenseful and full of information. Also see Who Lives Here? from the same team. Flip the flaps and find out who lives in a variety of habitats. 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
Just Ducks
(by Nicola Davies/ illus. Salvatore Rubbino, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

As a kid, going to the park to feed the ducks was a weekly treat. All the stale bread of the week was saved in a special bag that we took to the Bronx Zoo on Sunday morning. This little book might have added much to those trips. Most kids don't have the language that describes all the doings of the ducks. Here, in the middle of the city, on a duck pond, we get up close for a good look at how the ducks eat, preen, dabble, and attract mates. The narrative is augmented with clear factoids that better define the typical actions of Mallards. A nice young science book that will extend what kids can see if feeding the ducks is on your agenda. 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
Dolphin Baby!
(by Nicola Davies/ illus. Brita Granstrom, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

Through painterly illustrations and clearly written prose, young readers follow a dolphin baby and its mother from the first breath through the major events of the first six months of life. The simple telling is done in print and extra information is printed in cursive style. Use it as a read aloud or share the reading with young readers who are learning to decode the two very different styles of the written word.

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

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2012 Award
Eggs 1-2-3, Who Will the Babies Be?
(by Janet Halfmann/ illus. Besty Thompson, Blue Apple $17.99 Score:)

Young science and counting all in one charming book about the many creatures that hatch from eggs. We see the eggs in nests, meadow grass, on green leaves, and in the seas and sand. Each new set of eggs is introduced in its habitat and then hatched on the fold out page. Muted colors go well with the quiet text. A good book for talking about the many kinds of eggs in our world.

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

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2012 Award
In the Sea
(by David Elliot/ Holly Meade, $16.99 Score:)

Another young science book about the diverse creatures of the sea. Glorious illustrations accompany each of the short rhymes about the many inhabitants of the sea. 3 & up

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

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2012 Award
Demolition
(by Sally Sutton /illus. Brian Lovelock , Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

Big machines are often fascinating for preschoolers. Usually books focus on construction sites where new buildings are going up. This one takes a look at the reverse—a building going down with a surprising construction for an ending. The text is full of lively action words that crackle with the sounds wrecking balls and parts that crunch and snap. All are illustrated with bold images. Unlike construction sites where one cannot linger, these pages are fun to explore without some grownup saying, "We have to go home now."

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

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2012 Award
About Habitats: Oceans
(by Cathryn Sill/ illus. John Sill, Peachtree Press $16.99 Score:)

A very fundamental book about the nature of oceans and the life in them. It's part of a nature series for the very young. It does not have the joyous color of Wow! Ocean! But it has small factoids and a very clear overall message about the diverse creatures and nature of the great salt water bodies that we call, Oceans. 3 & up.

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

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2011 Award
Butterfly Tree
(by Sandra Markle/ illus. by Leslie Wu, Peachtree $16.95 Score:)

Our family experienced this kind of magic just once, a very long ago, so this book resonates with a tender memory our family shared. Our house is gone now, the children are grown, and though we always hoped the monarchs would return again, it was, as the author writes in this lovely book, a treasured memory that does last. It's hard to know if the book will replace the experience for those who have never seen a flock of Monarchs filling several trees. One can only hope that you will have such an experience at least once!

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2011.

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2011 Award
Who Has What? All About Girls Bodies and Boys Bodies
(by Robie H. Harris/ illus. by Nadine Bernard Westc, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

Clear, straightforward information with simple pictures make this an excellent way to answer questions of preschoolers about their bodies. The lively child centered illustrations are full of action and not at all textbookish. The language neither speaks down nor over the heads of young children. Without overloading the text with more than they want to know, this book gives you a chance to convey information that kids are curious to know. Some children are reluctant to ask and some parents are reluctant to tell. Robie Harris' Who Has What? Can solve both sides of the conundrum without discomfort.

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

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