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Product Type: Books
Award: Gold
Review Year: 2012

 


2012 Award
What Will You Be, Grandma?
(Nanette Newman/ illus. Emma Chichester Clark, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

A playful dialogue begins with Lily asking what her grandma what she would like to be when she grows up. Lily's imagination takes off with a variety of choices that lend themselves to fun illustrations. An entertaining read aloud that might lead to some further occupational choices to dream up. 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
What Will You Be, Grandma?
(Nanette Newman/ illus. Emma Chichester Clark, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

A playful dialogue begins with Lily asking what her grandma what she would like to be when she grows up. Lily's imagination takes off with a variety of choices that lend themselves to fun illustrations. An entertaining read aloud that might lead to some further occupational choices to dream up. 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
Santa Retires
(by David Bedrzycki, Charlesbridge $16.95 Score:)

After a bad winter, Santa and his missus decided to retire to Miseltoe Island. But, when Christmas rolls around there is no way Santa can just play tennis and do yoga. Not to worry, as always, that jolly old fellow and his Missus have got things under control. This may be more an adult book than one for the kiddies, but it is amusing.

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

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2012 Award
Christmas Wombat
(BY Jackie French, Clarion $16.99 Score:)

A small but feisty wombat takes on Santa's reindeer and other animals along the way who try to eat the many carrots at each stop. Though we hardly see good old St. Nick, this tour de carrots has a nice wry sense of humor. 4 & up.

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

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2012 Award
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
(By Jane Cabrera, Holiday House $16.95 Score:)

Once again Jane Cabrera takes a familiar nursery song/rhyme and infuses it with her colorful illustrations that give it a new life. In this singable book every double page spread features a parent and child animal pair under the moon and starry night. She takes little ones to the forest, under the sea, to the faraway Arctic, the grassy plains, over the mountains, and into the jungle. The text does not labor the locale nor the names of the creatures. Filling in that info is something adults can gradually add as they look with their little listeners at the illustrations and name the pairs and places.

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

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2012 Award
My Pop-Up World Atlas
(by Anita Ganeri and Stephen Waterhouse, Candlewick $18.99 Score:)

Anyone who has worked with early school age children knows how fascinated they are by maps. An interest in geography begins early! Perhaps it has to do with their budding abilities to deal with symbolic thinking. As they begin to learn that a word can stand for a thing, they can make another leap in understanding that a map can stand for the land and water we live on. In this bright and clever pop-up book they will find a single map for each of the continents of the world with pops, flaps and tons of facts that will invite lots of talking and discoveries each time they return to it. The cover is the least interesting part of the book. Open it and enjoy! A parent/child book for sharing.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2012.

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2012 Award
Star of the Sea
(by Janet Halfmann/ illus by Joan Paley, Henry Holt $16.99 Score:)

Through quiet prose and lovely illustrations, this is, as the subtitle says, A Day in the Life of a Starfish. Slowly the starfish manages to get about, turns mussels to liquid food, and escapes from danger until a seagull snatches it up into the air and breaks off one of its rays! Imagine how surprised young readers will be to discover that the ray will grow back again. Watercolor collages add much to the charm of this fine science book for 5-9.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2012.

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2012 Award
Sky Color
(by Peter H. Reynolds, Candlewick $14 Score:)

Her class is making a mural and Marisol loved to paint. But, after offering to paint the sky, Marisol discovers there is no blue paint! Thanks to the missing paint Marisol makes some other big discoveries that will help others think out of the box. Another winner from the author of The Dot and Ish. 5 & up.

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

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2012 Awards
Mice on Ice
(by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley, Holiday House $14.95 Score:)

Though the shape is larger than the usual easy-to-read series book, this true beginner's book uses very few words and colorful illustrations that will appeal to new readers. Fun for working on rhyming, as well. Level 1

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

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2012 Award
Bailey at the Museum
(by Harry Bliss, Scholastic $16.99 Score:)

Having a classmate like Bailey, a curious pooch, does make for a lively field trip to the Natural History Museum. Bailey is more than enthusiastic about sampling the dinosaur bones and somewhat under impressed by the Stone Age display. The narrative is told in prose that is lightened up with dialogue bubbles. Thanks to the cartoonish illustrations and the bubbles, we get a take on Bailey's often amusing thoughts as well as those of his teacher, the museum guard and others.

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

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