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Product Type: Books
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: History

 


2006 Award
Patchwork Path, A Quilt Map to Freedom, The
(by Bettye Stroud/illus. by Erin S. Bennett, Candlewick $15.99 Score:) A father and daughter attempt to escape the plantation in this handsomely illustrated work of historic fiction. Using quilt patterns that were really messages, escaping slaves found help along the way on their journey to freedom. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
I Could Do That!
(by Linda Arms White/illus. by Nancy Carpenter, Farrar Straus $16 Score:) Esther Morris was a determined young girl who always felt she could meet whatever challenge came her way. In time, she not only moves to the frontier, to the Wyoming Territory, she also manages to become the first woman elected to public office in the United States, and gets the vote for Wyoming women! 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing
(by April Jones Prince/illus. by Francois Roca, Houghton Mifflin $16 Score:) We had a similar story based on true events last year. In that version the child storyteller is at the center of the story and longs to go on the newly built Brooklyn Bridge. In this one, it’s P.T. Barnum who comes up with the solution. Either way, it’s a great story and speaks to the fears people have of most new things. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
See Inside Castles
(by Katie Daynes/illus. by David Hancock, Usborne $12.95 Score:) Each double page spread of this busy book has flaps to lift that add to the scenes. There are jousting, banquets, attacks and more. Wrap this up with the toy castle! 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Little Stevie Wonder
(by Quincy Troupe/illus. by Lisa Cohen, Houghton Mifflin $18 Score:) Stevie Wonder’s story is told in lyrical prose. It’s a bit over the top, but just may be an inspiring book for a child who is musical or blessed with some other gift. There is a very short CD with this book—only two songs on the disk—which might be disappointing to someone who doesn’t read the fine print!

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2007 Award
Sabuda and Reinhart Present: Castle
(by Kyle Olman/illus. by Tracy Sabin, Scholastic $19.99 Score:) For the child who is taken with medieval times and castles, this is a must-have treasure. Awesome pop-ups of buildings, knights, and serfs all come to life with paper engineered to leap off the pages. An informative text may eventually be read—after all the wows! 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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Brothers
(by Yin/illus. by Chris Soentpiet, Philomel $16.99 Score:) Set in San Francisco’s Chinatown, this is an immigrant story of Ming, a boy from China, who is befriended by Patrick, the son of Irish immigrants. Though Ming’s older brother warns him not to venture out of Chinatown, the boy not only finds friendship, he saves the family business. Soentpiet’s memorable illustrations are infused with light, color, and character. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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Night Boat to Freedom
(by Margot Theis Raven/illus. by E.B. Lewis, Farrar Straus $16 Score:) Granny Judith urges 12-year-old Christmas John to take others across the river from Kentucky to Ohio and freedom under the dark moon. Each time he returns, he tells Franny the color his passengers wore, the colors of freedom. Granny uses her dye pots to make a quilt of freedom that will take them across one day. A moving story inspired by reading hundreds of slave narratives collected in the 1930s. Masterful storytelling and art are perfectly blended! 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Wow! America!
(by Robert Neubecker, Hyperion $16.99 Score:) Wow! Is the right word to describe the exuberant oversized illustrations of America’s landmarks. From north, south, east, and west, these are glorious illustrations, some with fold out gates that add to the delight! Like his earlier Wow! City! This is a book for talking your way through. There’s not a lot of text. In fact nothing more than a “Wow!” and a single word label plus a brief line of text that tells only the smallest tidbit of information. But this is a book for talking and exploring visually as each page is rich with bold images to savor. A whirlwind tour of America for the young and young at heart. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Henry's Freedom Box
(by Ellen Levine/illus. by Kadir Nelson, Scholastic $16.99 Score:) Told with an economy of words, this moving story does not miss a beat in capturing the powerful story of a slave family torn apart and the courage of a man who was determined to be free. This tale of the Underground Railroad is based on the true story of a man who mailed himself to freedom in a wooden box and lived to tell of it. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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