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Age: Early Elementary School Years

 

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
First Picture Spanish
(Felicity Brooks & Mairi Mackinnon et al, Usborne $14.99 Score:) Cleverly designed with illustrations and lift up flaps with Spanish phrases that reveal the translations. To hear the phrases spoken, go to the publisher’s website. This is an interaction that really can be helpful. 7–70.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Christmas
(by Robert Sabuda, Orchard $12.99 Score:) A small gem of a pop-up with a single page for each letter of the word Christmas…starting with a candle and ending with Santa. Splendid choice for anyone on your list. 5-55 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Create-a-Card
(by jame Bull, DK $15.99 Score:) Kids will find quality materials and an idea book that demonstrates how to make pop up and other interesting cards. The twenty colorful blank cards and matching envelopes are packaged with markers, glitter paste, tissue paper, colored paper, and stickers. This is a fun choice for making invitations and greeting cards that will become family treasures. 5-10.

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

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2007 Award
Probuditi!
(by Chris Van Allsburg, Houghton Mifflin $18.95 Score:) This would have been on the Platinum Award list in our book, but it arrived too late. As always, Chris Van Allsburg spins a wonderful story that is full of suspense with a dollop of magic. After seeing a magician do hypnosis Calvin and his buddy Rodney come home and build a machine and try to hypnotize his little sister Trudy. Much to his surprise it works and then Calvin cannot figure out how to snap her out of it. Little sisters who are often left behind by big brothers will love this get even tale. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Please Don't Upset P.U. Zorilla!
(by Lynn Rowe Reed, Random House $15.95 Score:) A certain well-meaning skunk arrives in town and asks the mayor for work. P.U. does a fine job until one thing or another manages to upset him and P.U.! You get the picture. Given one last chance, it turns out that P.U.’s powerful scent serves to save the day. A contrived, but nice little story that kids are sure to relate to, since they too, sometimes fall short of unrealistic expectations. 4-8.

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

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2007 Award
Is There Really a Human Race?
(by Jamie Lee Curtis & Laura Cornell, HarperCollins $16.99 Score:) Some mighty big questions are here that have been teased out with amusing illustrations. This is a book that should lead to some talking and thinking beyond the sometimes punny funny attempts to get a smile. This may be one of those books that is more for adults than all but the most subjective kids. They say 4-8. We’d say more like 7 & up, up, up.

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

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2007 Award
Foam Gliders
(by the editors of Klutz, Klutz $9.95 Score:) With just a little help kids can put together a fleet of foam gliders and let the high flying fun begin. Punch them out of the spiral pages and follow the simple directions. These call for some dexterity, but are relatively simple to construct. Test fly them inside to find the one that flies the highest, furthest, and trickiest. This is an inexpensive book/toy that is ideal for play date or a rainy day at home. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Zelda and Ivy, the Runaways
(by Laura McGee Kvasnosky, Candlewick $14.99 Score:) In the words of Yogi Bear, these two are not your average fox. When their dad starts making cucumber sandwiches, the two decide to runaway. Little did they think they would not be missed. After hours of trying to get along they return home only to find that dad has saved those cucumber sandwiches for them. This one is followed by a funny tale about a time capsule and Zelda’s writer’s block. 2nd grade.

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

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