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Age: Early Elementary School Years

 


2005 Award
The Secret Seder
(Doreen Rappaport/illus. by Emily Arnold McCully, Hyperion $16.99 Score:) Jacques and his father are determined to keep their promise to celebrate Passover in WWII France, where they have avoided being taken away by the "black-boot men." Based on true stories of Resistance fighters, this picture book captures the true spirit of Passover and those with faith and courage, even in a time of darkness. 7 & up.

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

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2005 Award
We Go In a Circle
(by Peggy Perry Anderson, Houghton Mifflin $15 Score:) When a racehorse hurts his leg, running in the circle of a track is no longer possible. But in this story, the horse heals and finds a new circle where he carries those who may not be able to walk, talk, or see, but instead ind joy in “hippo therapy,” which is rewarding for the riders as well as the horses.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Story About Braille, A
(by Marion Ripley and illus. by Colin Backhouse, Dial $16.99 Score:) Laura soon discovers that her Australian pen pal is visually impaired. Up for the challenge, Laura learns how to write in Braille so that he can read her letters by himself. The book comes with a Braille chart so that kids can try their own hand at Braille writing.

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

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2005 Award
The Right Dog for the Right Job
(by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent and photos by William Mu, Walker Books $16.95 Score:) Ever wonder how dogs are trained to become seeing eye dogs? Follow the puppy Ira as he prepares for his special job.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Half and Half
(by Lensey Namioka, Random House $3.99 Score:) With a mother who is Scottish and a father who is Chinese, Fiona is half and half. Yet, she often struggles with the expectations of others – especially her grandparents’ when they come to watch the folk dancing contest. Not as compelling as Yang the Eldest and His Odd Jobs or others in the author’s amusing and touching series about the Yang family and growing up Chinese-American. 9-12. Student Review: “This book pulls you in entirely. I could not stop reading it. It has suspense and lots of problems. There is still a happy ending. I liked this book because it has good characters, the plot is exciting and it is very descriptive. I think that children that are eight, nine and ten will like this book. I recommend Half and Half.” review by Rachel Martel, 10

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

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Fly Guy: Hi! Fly Guy
(by Tedd Arnold, Scholastic $5.99 Score:) Easy-to-read humor with good pacing is appealing to the beginning reader and this zany tale has both. A boy named Buzz meets a fly and it’s kismet! Buzz wants to enter the pet show and despite all the doubters, his new found friend is a winner—and so is the book!

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: .

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2006 Award
He's Got the Whole World in His Hands
(art by Kadir Nelson, Dial $16.99 Score:) Except for the cover, we loved the illustrations of this spiritual. Following an African-American boy and his family through day and night, rain and shine, Nelson enlarges the joy and comfort of these familiar words.

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

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2006 Award
Carl's Sleepy Afternoon
(Farrar Straus $12.95 Score:) This mostly wordless book is just begging for a child storyteller to interpret the illustrations and tell the story of Carl’s very busy afternoon when he did everything but sleep. Wordless books like this are perfect for the beginning storyteller. It is not likely to be told twice in the same words and each time the story is apt to grow fuller. 4–8.

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

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2006 Award
The Fairy Tale Cake
(by Jonathan Langley/illus. by Mark Sperring, Scholastic $15.95 Score:) Imagine if every character from your favorite nursery tales got together to make a special cake for your birthday! It’s fun to study the pages of this charming book looking for old favorites such as “The Three Little Pigs,” “The Gingerbread Boy,” and “The Three Bears,” to mention just a few. This is more about the pictures than the story, but when there’s a birthday cake at the end, it’s likely to please—especially if you sing “Happy Birthday” to finish it off! 4–8.

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

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2006 Award
If You Give a Pig a Party
(by Laura Numeroff/illus. by Felicia Bond, HarperCollins $15.99 Score:) Once again, this award-winning team has come up with a universal theme and what one expects will be predictable outcomes—but soon after the balloons, the book takes a left turn as Pig and her friend go looking for Pig’s friends and end up at a street fair. One surprise follows another in this newest addition to a fine series. 4 & up.

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

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