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Age: Early Elementary School Years

 


2006 Award
Are You Going to be Good?
(by Cari Best/illus. G. Brian Karas, Farrar Straus $16 Score:) Great-Gran Sadie is about to celebrate her 100th birthday. Young Robert not only has to dress up (which he likes), he is warned about so many rules of behaving that it’s bewildering. But, in true form, there’s one person who understands well when Robert starts dancing. Charming and often true—young and old often understand each other well. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Game Day
(by Tiki and Ronde Barber/illus. Barry Root, Simon & Schuster $16.95 Score:) Twin brothers, who happen to be NFL Superstars in real life, give young readers a story about their earlier years. A solid story about being a team player. A not-too-heavy-handed message in a win-win sports story. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Kamishibai Man
(by Allen Say, Houghton Mifflin $17 Score:) Based on his childhood in Japan, Say recalls the kamishibai man who used to come to the neighborhood (much like the Good Humor Man) to sell candies along with cliffhanger stories that grew each day. TV finished this old tradition, but here the kamishibai man returns to his old neighborhood and is received lovingly by his former children and a new generation. As always, the art is splendid, while the story may interest adults more than children. 7 & up.

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

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2006 Award
Lizzie Nonsense, A Story of Pioneer Days
(by Jan Ormerod, Clarion $15 Score:) Here is Little House in the Outback . . . a charming picture book set in pioneer days in Australian bush country when Papa needs a week to travel fifty miles. That leaves Lizzie, her mom, and baby sister alone in an isolated place where dingoes howl at night, along with other dangers. But Lizzie’s imagination turns out to be just the right kind of “nonsense” to carry them through. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Cinderella
(retold by Barbara McClintock, Scholastic $15.99 Score:) After a trip to Paris, the artist used Versailles and the Paris Opera as the inspiration for the Prince’s palace, and the costumes and hairdos are from the time of Louis XIV. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Honey...Honey...Lion!
(by Jan Brett, Putnam $16.99 Score:) An African folktale about a honeyguide bird and a honey badger who usually work together. But one day the badger fails to share and the next day the clever bird leads him to a less-than-sweet treat. 4 & up.

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

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2006 Award
Little Bear, You're a Star!
(by Jean Marzollo, Little Brown $12.99 Score:) With a Greek chorus of birds running along the bottom of the pages, here is an amusingly light and airy spin on the Greek myth of Callisto and Arcas, and how the constellations Ursa Major and Minor came to be. As in her collection of Bible stories, Marzollo introduces children to some of the big stories with child-sized versions that are entertaining and memorable. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Smithsonian Rock & Fossil Hunter
(by David Burnie, DK $9.99 Score:) One of an excellent new series designed for young readers. There are activities to do as well as foldout covers with clear images of typical rocks and fossils to spot. An informative and inviting format for young science explorations. Also in the series, by various authors: Star Gazer, Bird Watcher, Bug Hunter.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Prehistoric Actual Size
(by Steve Jenkins, Houghton Mifflin $16 Score:) It isn’t about the facts, though this is a picture book crammed full of facts and tidbits of information. In this case, it’s far more about the wonder of these amazing specimens, shown in their actual size. Though they can’t fit in their entirety, Jenkins show you enough of a detail to deliver the big ideas. Imagine a dragonfly with wings more than two feet across, or a terror bird large enough to eat a horse! Of course, we do not know how large or small horses were in those days. Also top rated, I See a Kookaburra! Introducing animals from differing habitats. 6 & up.

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

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2006 Award
Why?
(by Lila Prap, Kane Miller $14.95 Score:) Why do hyenas laugh? In bold print around the amusing illustration, there are all sorts of silly answers. But to the right a scientific explanation tells all. A collection of questions about animals such as the zebra, kangaroo, monkey, and many more are answered in the same way. Kids might enjoy making up more Q & As to go with other animals. 6 & up.

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

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