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Age: Early Elementary School Years

 


2008 Award
Bad Bears Go Visiting
(by Daniel Pinkwater/illus. by Jill Pinkwater, Houghton Mifflin $16 Score:) Once again those Bad Bears are back in a new caper. This time their friend Larry, also a polar bear, comes to pay them a visit and teaches them the pleasures of socializing. They like it so much they leave the zoo to visit a family, the Beachballs. Pure fun-not quite as over the top as past tales of Irving and Muktuk. Look for their earlier tales. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
Wave
(by Suzy Lee, Chronicle $15.99 Score:) Anyone who has ever “played” with the waves on the beach will relate to the feisty little girl in this wordless picture book. As she sticks out her tongue and escapes from being soaked, the young girl jumps, runs, stomps and plays a game of you can’t catch me with the tide. A flock of seagulls, the simplicity of Lee’s line drawings of the child, and the ever changing surf are all part of the shifting action that add up to a dynamic charm of this trip to the beach. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
Never Take a Shark to the Dentist (and other things not to do)
(by Judi Barrett/ illus. by John Nickle, Atheneum $16.99 Score:) Amusing one-liners with illustrations to match. A book of silly cautionary warnings, i.e. “Never sit next to a porcupine on the subway.” Or “Never play checkers with a spider.” The illustrations add to the humor and chances are kids will add to the cautions with other things never to do. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
There Is a Bird on Your Head!
(by Mo Willems, Hyperion $8.99 Score:) With his wonderfully wry humor and very few words, Mo Willems gives beginning readers plenty of repetition as Elephant and Piggy deal with one, two, and then three more birds that land on his head. Piggie has a solution for Elephant, but who will help piggie? Beginning readers.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
Paper Fashions Fancy
(Klutz $21.95 Score:) Paper cut out books were never so open ended. Here the fashions are designed by using templates on a variety of papers that are supplied for inspiration. There are trims as well to add to the original designer clothes that kids can dream up. A goodly supply of fashion ideas are provided in the pages, but the real fun is in making them truly your own. This is a satisfying kind of kit for kids who are at that stage when their own drawings are sometimes not all they would want them to be. A supply of tiny metal hangers to hang your designs on. No scissor is provided, but tips on cutting are. They say 8 & up. We think this will challenge even slightly older kids.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
Create YOur Own Fashions
(Klutz $21.95 Score:) Remember your Barbie Tracing kit? This is a non-Barbie version with plenty of possibilities for young designers. There are two models and lots of stick on clothes. The young designer puts the ensemble together on a template. There are faces, hairstyles, clothing and accessories. Then they trace their design and figure. Now they can add textures and color. Testers liked the open ended-ness of something that on the surface appears to be little more than a tracing kit. This is a satisfying kind of kit for kids who are at that stage when their own drawings are sometimes not all they would want them to be. Calls for a lot of fine motor skills that kids may be willing to apply when they like what they are doing. 8 & up, up, up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
Yoko Writes Her Name
(by Rosemary Wells, Hyperion $15.99 Score:) Yoko is excited to be going to Kindergarten, but when she gets there she is not so happy any more. Her writing in Japanese is seen as scribbling by classmates who tell her she will not graduate. Not to worry. This is a good one for talking about misinformation that often creates the kind of needless worry Yoko has in this little drama. As always, Rosemary Wells’ artwork adds much to the little story. 3-6.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
I Will Surprise My Friend!
(by Mo Willems, Hyperion $8.99 Score:) Another in the Elephant and Piggie series. After seeing how much fun two squirrels have playing at surprising each other, Elephant and Piggie play the game, but they end up scaring each other. It’s an easy to read format, though some of the words may not be all that easy. Still from context, this will be fun for beginning readers. Also excellent, I Love My New Toy! An excellent series for first graders.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
Thumb Doodle Book
(Klutz $14.95 Score:) Getting boys and girls to hone their fine motor skills for writing may be a little easier with this entertaining Thumbprint book. Kids dip their fingers into the paint pads and then add features to create cartoon like doodles. It’s not great at, but it is good fun and even better, it can make using a pen less ominous. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
Klutz Build a Book
(Klutz $12.95 Score:) There are two versions of this book making kit. Both are guided book making with suggested art and materials provided to make the pages that show our family, favorite things, stuff you like to do and friends. Sure, your child can make this kind of book without buying a kit, but this one is spiral bound and provides some inspiration. Another version of the book that is titled “All About My Family.” These are the kinds of projects that get better with age. More fun to look at 10 years from now than they may be when the glue is still drying.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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