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Age: Early Elementary School Years

 


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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2007 Award
Below
(by Nina Crews, Holt $16.95 Score:) Jack and his little action figure Guy have quite an adventure when the latter falls between a crack in the stairs and everyone is too busy to help rescue him. Using her very special photo-collage technique, Crews shows us what Jack is imagining and what Guy might be doing. While some may prefer to see such things in the mind’s eye, these require making a leap into someone else’s imaginings. 4 & up.

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

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2007 Award
Wow! America!
(by Robert Neubecker, Hyperion $16.99 Score:) Wow! Is the right word to describe the exuberant oversized illustrations of America’s landmarks. From north, south, east, and west, these are glorious illustrations, some with fold out gates that add to the delight! Like his earlier Wow! City! This is a book for talking your way through. There’s not a lot of text. In fact nothing more than a “Wow!” and a single word label plus a brief line of text that tells only the smallest tidbit of information. But this is a book for talking and exploring visually as each page is rich with bold images to savor. A whirlwind tour of America for the young and young at heart. 5 & up.

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

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That's What Grandpas Are For
(by Harriet Ziefert/ illus by Deborah Zemke, Blue Apple $12.95 Score:) Totally available, non-critical and willing, the star of this little fantasy does whatever is needed to light up the life of the narrator grandchild. After a long list of things Grandpa will do, the last part of the book shifts gears listing all the lovely ways the grandchild returns that affection. A little over the top, but it does celebrate the loving relationship that some are lucky enough to have between generations. Choose this or the Grandma version.

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

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2007 Award
Henry's Freedom Box
(by Ellen Levine/illus. by Kadir Nelson, Scholastic $16.99 Score:) Told with an economy of words, this moving story does not miss a beat in capturing the powerful story of a slave family torn apart and the courage of a man who was determined to be free. This tale of the Underground Railroad is based on the true story of a man who mailed himself to freedom in a wooden box and lived to tell of it. 7 & up.

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

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How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?
(by Margaret McNamara/ illus. by G. Brian Karas, Random House $14.99 Score:) Charlie hates lining up since he is always the smallest in his class. So, when the class has to speculate on which of three pumpkins will have the most seeds, Charlie is sure smallest will have least. McNamara manages to add a little math to the story that basically centers on self concept- or as my 5’ small Mom would have said, “Good things come in small packages!”

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

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2007 Award
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Fly Guy
(by Tedd Arnold, Scholastic $5.99 Score:) Another funny tale of Fly Guy. This time it’s a variation on the familiar folk song about the old lady who swallowed a fly. Arnold has just the right pace and humor to appeal to the beginning reader. In this case the pictures will guide the reading of sight worlds and the text should go well for kids in late first, early second grade. If this is a hit, see the others in the series, Hi! Fly Guy, Super Fly Guy and Shoo, Fly Guy. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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