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Product Type: Books
Award: Gold
Age: Preschoolers
Review Year: 2010

 


2010 Award
My Mother is So Smart
(by Tomie DePaola, Putnam $16.99 Score:)

Do you remember how once they get started on the subject of their moms, kids can come up with some amazing feats their moms can do?  Often, Mom is the expert who is quoted as the ultimate expert on any subject--even one she may not have ever discussed. In this homage to one little boy's mom, Tomie DePaola has covered everything from childcare to standing on her head. After sharing this book it might be fun to make a list of the things your child thinks you can do. Pictures added by camera or by child would make a collectible you will treasure years from now. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Hush Little Horsie
(by Jane Yolen/ illus. by Ruth Sanderson, Random House $16.99 Score:)

For little ones who love horsies, this is a perfect good night book. Told in rhyme, Mama horses in each part of the world care for their little ones. Horses on the farm, the plains, seashore, and on the moor are illustrated in handsome paintings of mares and their young. Surprisingly the dust jacket refers to the young horses as ponies-- some ponies are young, but ponies are a kind of horse that are still called ponies when they are all grown. A young horse is properly called a foal--not a pony. A small quibble that has to do with the book jacket not the book itself. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Nina Lost and Found
(by Anita Lobel, Knopf $15.99 Score:)

A runaway cat finds delight in newfound freedom when the door is left open. But as night falls and the sounds and creatures of the night appear, Nina is not so delighted with her adventure. This is not a very original story but the prose is lyrical and as always, Anita Lobel's art is the main attraction. If you love cats and flowers, this is a must have. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2010.

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2010 Award
Don't Want to Go!
(by Shirley Hughes, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

When Lily's mom comes down with the flu and dad has to go to work, where will Lily spend the day?Her Daddy arranges for her to stay at Melanie's house. Lily does not want to go! The expression on Lily's face as they head down the street are priceless. Much as she did not want to go, Lily discovers that the funny baby, the cute little dog and the kind Melanie are surprisingly good fun. So, when Daddy comes back for her—Lily doesn't want to go. A re-assuring book about trying new things.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2010.

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2010 Award
Maisy Goes to Bed
(by Lucy Cousins, Candlewick $11.99 Score:)

A lift the flap and pull the tab slice-of-life. Kids can follow Maisy as she has a drink before bed, goes to the potty ( with lift up seat, pull down toilet paper and pull down flusher, washes her hands, brushes he teeth, puts on her PJ's, reads a book and goes to sleep. Kids will be able to tell you the story in their own words just by "reading" the pictures.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Ginger and the Mystery Visitor
(by Charlotte Voake, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

A greedy little cat keeps coming to Ginger and the kitten's house and eating up their food--Goldilocks style. Eventually, the girl who takes care of Ginger and the kitten puts a note on the uninvited cat. Soon a message arrives that says "Tiddles" gets two meals a day and please do not feed him any more--he is getting fat. It's a cute little mystery solved in 32 pages. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Benjamin and Bumper to the Rescue
(by Molly Coxe/ illus. by Olivier Toppin, Brave Mouse $16.95 Score:)

When Benjamin mouse finds that his mother is missing, he enlists the help of a small elephant named Bumper. Together the duo are off to the rescue in a totally charming miniature world created with great attention to detail. Both the characters and their setting are artistic feats and the story has the feel of an old fashioned folktale without a grizzly ending. There's suspense and action as the duo face Sir Pouncelot, a fairly large and hungry cat. But courage and cleverness win the day.

 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Library Mouse, A World to Explore
(by Daniel Kirk, Abrams Books $16.95 Score:)

Another adventure for Library Mouse in which the less than brave mouse meets as an adventurous mouse named Sarah. He teaches her a thing or two about researching and seeing the world through books. She manages to help him overcome some of his fear of climbing and shows him the delights of exploring the high shelves of the library. Kirk's illustrations provide grist for a world of pretend and the rewards of friendship. 4-7.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Sleepy, Oh So Sleepy
(by Denise Fleming, Henry Holt $16.99 Score:)

One by one, the baby animals go to sleep. There are barely any words here other than the name of the baby animal and the repeated refrains, "Sleepy, oh so sleepy." From time to time the question is asked, "Where's my sleepy baby?" Maybe the rhythm and repetition will lull some little ones to sleep. Maybe. The pulp papermaking technique gives impressionistic images of the animals. Some are harder to identify than others, but for the very young this will hardly matter. 2-5.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Fleabag
(by Helen Stephens, Henry Holt $16.99 Score:)

An old fashioned story that even looks like a picture book from an earlier time. Yet the story of a boy and his dog or in this case a dog and his boy never grow old. This one is told simply in an uncomplicated way that young preschoolers will be able to follow. There's a sweet little story here of a dog that no on cares about until he meets a little boy in the park who does. When the boy and his family are about to move the stray dog, Fleabag is the one who takes care of the boy and you know how this is going to end. 

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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