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Product Type: Books
Award: Gold
Age: Preschoolers
Review Year: 2012

 


2012 Award
Just Ducks
(by Nicola Davies/ illus. Salvatore Rubbino, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

As a kid, going to the park to feed the ducks was a weekly treat. All the stale bread of the week was saved in a special bag that we took to the Bronx Zoo on Sunday morning. This little book might have added much to those trips. Most kids don't have the language that describes all the doings of the ducks. Here, in the middle of the city, on a duck pond, we get up close for a good look at how the ducks eat, preen, dabble, and attract mates. The narrative is augmented with clear factoids that better define the typical actions of Mallards. A nice young science book that will extend what kids can see if feeding the ducks is on your agenda. 4-7

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Dolphin Baby!
(by Nicola Davies/ illus. Brita Granstrom, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

Through painterly illustrations and clearly written prose, young readers follow a dolphin baby and its mother from the first breath through the major events of the first six months of life. The simple telling is done in print and extra information is printed in cursive style. Use it as a read aloud or share the reading with young readers who are learning to decode the two very different styles of the written word.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Eggs 1-2-3, Who Will the Babies Be?
(by Janet Halfmann/ illus. Besty Thompson, Blue Apple $17.99 Score:)

Young science and counting all in one charming book about the many creatures that hatch from eggs. We see the eggs in nests, meadow grass, on green leaves, and in the seas and sand. Each new set of eggs is introduced in its habitat and then hatched on the fold out page. Muted colors go well with the quiet text. A good book for talking about the many kinds of eggs in our world.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Silly Doggy!
(Adam Stower, Orchard $16.99 Score:)

Preschoolers will love the upside down humor of this tongue-in-cheek storybook. In her backyard, Lily sees something she has always wanted—a doggy. Of course it is rather big and obviously, to all but Lily, it is a huge bear! There is nothing scary about this silly little story that ends when Silly Lily posts a sign about her lost doggy, hoping no one will come. This might be best to borrow from the library. It's a fun book but a one joke story that may not be one of those read it again treasures.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Hop, Skip, and Jump, Maisy!
(by Lucy Cousins, Candlewick $12.99 Score:)

Active play is what this delightful new Maisy book is all about. Pull the tabs and Maisy starts the day stretching and touching her toes. From there she goes on to do some jumping, kicking a ball, sipping her orange juice for energy, jumping rope, tumbling and finally sleeping soundly. Each of these events is animated with amazing paper engineering. One of the best ever! 2 & up. But be forewarned, you will need to teach about gentle hands so that the pages are not torn.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
An Awesome Book
(Dallas Clayton, Harper $16.99 Score:)

This is indeed a little book about dreaming big. Truth be told, it may be more of a book for grownups who have let go of their imagination and dreams. That said, this should be a wake up call for potential dreamers of all ages.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
In the Sea
(by David Elliot/ Holly Meade, $16.99 Score:)

Another young science book about the diverse creatures of the sea. Glorious illustrations accompany each of the short rhymes about the many inhabitants of the sea. 3 & up

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?
(by Mo Willems, Hyperion $15.99 Score:)

In this latest of Pigeon saga, Duckling has asked and received a cookie from an unknown source. Enter Pigeon: jealous, angry, whining, complaining and generally carrying on a monologue about all of the injustices in his life. This will be a fun read aloud or a reasonably easy to read book. Worn down with Pigeon's woe-is-me tale, duckling can take no more, so he gives his cookie to Pigeon. One might have hoped Pigeon would do more than say thanks; perhaps offer to share it? As always, Mo Willems delivers.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Demolition
(by Sally Sutton /illus. Brian Lovelock , Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

Big machines are often fascinating for preschoolers. Usually books focus on construction sites where new buildings are going up. This one takes a look at the reverse—a building going down with a surprising construction for an ending. The text is full of lively action words that crackle with the sounds wrecking balls and parts that crunch and snap. All are illustrated with bold images. Unlike construction sites where one cannot linger, these pages are fun to explore without some grownup saying, "We have to go home now."

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
About Habitats: Oceans
(by Cathryn Sill/ illus. John Sill, Peachtree Press $16.99 Score:)

A very fundamental book about the nature of oceans and the life in them. It's part of a nature series for the very young. It does not have the joyous color of Wow! Ocean! But it has small factoids and a very clear overall message about the diverse creatures and nature of the great salt water bodies that we call, Oceans. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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