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Age: Early Elementary School Years

 


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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2007 Award
Ella Sets the Stage
(by Carmela and Steven D'Amico, Scholastic $16.99 Score:) Series often go down hill, but Ella, a little Elephant, has stories that just keep getting better. This time Ella is shy about being in the talent show, but not so competitive that she can’t help her friends. In the end they want to give her a special award for her talent as a good friend. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Let's Play in the Forest
(by Claudia Rueda, Scholastic $16.99 Score:) Preschoolers will catch on before those innocent creatures who keep asking if wolf is there. Adapted from a game played in France and Latin America, the animals in the forest don’t seem to recognize wolf as he dresses and gets hungrier and hungrier. But not to worry, this is a kinder gentler wolf than one might expect. The whole game ends in a chuckle of relief! 3 7 up.

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

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2007 Award
Toys Go Out: Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Tough Little Bu
(by Emily Jenkins/ illus. by Paul Zelinsky, Random House $16.95 Score:) A charming book just right for sharing at bedtime. Readers come to know three favorite toys of a little girl. Someone Called Plastic discovers he's really a rubber bouncing ball. Stingray discovers he's not a real stingray and the Little Buffalo discovers that he is truly treasured by the little girl and her friends. A calmer, less action-packed version of Toy Story.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2006 Award
Move!
(by Steve Jenkins & Rbin Page, Houghton Mifflin $16 Score:) A handsome book about the way animals move. Using life like illustrations made of paper cut designs the language of the book connects a single concept of motion to mean two quite different meanings. For example, a spider “floats on a thread of silk’ while a “polar bear floats in dark, icy water.” The juxtaposition of animals large and small give new meaning to seemingly simple words. There is no story here, but a lot to talk about. 4-8.

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

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