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

 

 
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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2007 Award
Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars, The Fall of the Amazing Zalinda
(by Tracy Mack and Michael Citrin, Orchard $16.99 Score:) The famous detective is aided in his work by a gang of homeless boys, the Baker Street Irregulars. Engaging mystery told from the perspective of these young sleuths. 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Weedflower
(by Cynthia Kadohata, Simon & Schuster $16.95 Score:) While Sumiko experiences discrimination in her home town before the war, the attack on Pearl Harbor changes her life forever. Her family is sent to an internment camp where she befriends a Native American. A compelling view of this dark period in American history (for a non-fiction account, see Dear Miss Breed, review below).

Age: Later 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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2008 Award
Look-Alikes Around the World
(by Joan Steiner, Little Brown $15.99 Score:) She’s done it again! This time Joan Steiner has made witty constructions of familiar sights around the world. Photographed as “postcards” they tease the eye to look for the unexpected…combs that are the blades of a windmill that turns out to be a metronome, leaves of tulips that are sting beans, cupcakes that are the huts in an African village and brussel sprout trees in front of the Taj Mahal with towers of clarinets and pears for minarets. It’s not just fun and games. Yes, there is a glossary of sorts. But at it’s heart, this is about creativity and seeing things in new ways. 5-9.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
The Wall
(by Peter Sis, Farrar Straus $18 Score:) A stunning autobiographical account of growing up behind the Iron Curtain. Told with drawings, journal entries and photographs, this oversized picturebook is not for the typical picture book crowd. It’s more like a graphic novel with not so many words. Young people who are studying that chapter in history will find an interesting view of the turmoil and longing to throw off the repression of the Cold War. This may be more of a book for adults than kids, but it opens a window to a past that many parents of today will recall.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
My Dad, John McCain
(by Meghan McCain/ illus. by Dan Andreasen, Simon & Schuster $16.99 Score:) Told in the first person, this daughter’s telling of her father’s life story is kept simple and straightforward. Of course, the first marriage and family are left out of this telling. A surprising omission, given the huge number of kids who know all about divorces and having step siblings. The overriding message of this biography is that Meghan’s dad never gives up fighting for what he believes in.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
Abe's Honest Words
(by Doreen Rappaport/ illus. by Kadir Nelsonby Matt, Hyperion $16.99 Score:) Stunning illustrations add much to this telling of Lincoln's life and his memorable words. It is not an in depth biography, but gives young readers an overview of his life from boyhood on to the political stage and his views of slavery and his determination to hold save the Union. Kadir Nelson's illustrations are infused with light and drama that intensify the mood of Lincoln's inspiring words.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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