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Age: Early Elementary School Years

 


2004 Award
The Hippo-Not-Amous
(by Tony and Jan Payne/ illus. by Guy Parker-Rees, Orchard $15.95 Score:) A silly and fairly predictable tale of a hippo who wished to be something else. Still, the little hippo is inventive and even after he tries on lots of roles and returns home, there’s no knowing if he’ll stay. An entertaining romp. 4-8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
A Song for Ba
(by Paul Yee/ illus. by Jan Peng Wang, Groundwood $17.95 Score:) Set in the early half of the 20th Century, this is a tender story about a Chinese-American boy being raised by his father and grandfather on the West Coast. Both men are Chinese Opera singers. Although the boy wants to follow their footsteps, his father fears that the audience for Chinese opera is shrinking and there is no future in singing for his son. Secretly, before the grandfather leaves for China, he teaches the boy to sing and in time these lessons are used to help his father regain his voice. Handsome paintings and a well-paced story make this a memorable book for 6’s & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Henry and Mudge and the Funny Lunch
(by Cynthia Rylant/ illus. by Carolyn Bracken, Simon & Schuster $14.95 Score:) Henry, Dad and Mudge are planning the best Mother’s Day lunch ever. There’s less story here than usual but kids will probably like making some of the fruit treats pictured and true fans will like having another Mudge story to add to their list.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Shrek2 Mad Libs
(Price Stern $3.99 Score:) Remember how much fun Mad Libs were when we were kids? They still produce a great deal of giggles and are fun to do as a group or independently. Also recommended, Mad Lib Junior which introduces kids to the concept of parts of speech (nouns, adjectives, and verbs) by using symbols that correspond to lists of words to choose from -making it much easier than the original version.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2005 Award
April Foolishness
(Teresa Bateman/illus. by Nadine Bernard Westcott, Whitman $15.95 Score:) All the grandkids have come to visit at the farm and try their best to tell Grandpa that the animals are running wild. Clever Grandpa isn't falling for their April Fool's tricks. Grandma steps in to have the last laugh! Good fun. 5 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Joey and Jet
(James Yang, Atheneum $15.95 Score:) While Joey and his dog Jet play a game of fetch throughout their neighborhood, the place concepts of between, through, over, under, and around are playfully explored. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Pinuli
(Janell Cannon, Harcourt $16 Score:) Pinuli, a hyena, thinks all the other animals are better than she is. But when she accidentally changes her appearance, she discovers a way to make the others do her bidding. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
The People Could Fly
(Virginia Hamilton/illus. by Leo and Diane Dillon, Knopf $16.95 Score:) It is said that there was a time in Africa when some people could fly. But when these same people became slaves in America the magic was lost, until one old man whispers the special words that uplift. Originally the title story in a stunning collection of 24 African American folktales, this handsome stand-alone picture book is re-illustrated by the masterful Dillons. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Tigress
(Nick Dowson/illus. by Jane Chapman, Candlewick $15.99 Score:) Lyrical prose is counterpointed with interesting facts that together convey the story of the Tigress and her young. Chapman's illustrations capture the cubs as they grow from small enough to be carried by their necks, to big enough to pounce and hunt for food. Imagine—in 18 months, tiger cubs learn all they need to know, and slink off through the jungle grass to begin their independent lives. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
The Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes
(Doug Stillinger, Klutz $16.95 Score:) Here are the instructions for ten different paper airplanes. Our testers raved about the interesting patterned paper (40 sheets) that comes with the kit. If you're a novice, the instructions are clear, and if you’re a pro, you might pick up some new designs. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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