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Product Type: Books
Award: Gold
Age: Preschoolers
Review Year: 2013

 

 
2013 Awards
Henny Penny
(retold and illustrated by Paul Galdone, Houghton Mifflin $8.99 Score:)

A reissued treasure, this classic story retold and illustrated by one of the great picture book artists of the 20th century. Now in a new collection of Folk Tale Classics from Houghton Mifflin. Good fun to read aloud with all the rhyming names repeated again and again as Henny Penny and Cocky Locky and Ducky Lucky run off to spread the news that the sky is falling! Sounds a little like the news on TV, too. Spoiler Alert: In case you forgot—Foxy Loxy is the last of the cast. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Award
Stick
(by Andy Pritchett, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

An almost wordless book about a puppy who is looking for a playmate. None of the animals in the pasture want to play "Stick" until another puppy comes along and the others get the idea and make off with the stick. But, never mind, the two puppy dogs have something better--each other. A good choice for encouraging children to tell their own stories in their own words.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Have You Seen My New Blue Socks?
(by Eve Bunting/ illus. Sergio Ruzzier, Houghton Mifflin $16.99 Score:)

Duck cannot find his new blue socks. So begins this journey in verse with Duck asking fox and ox and finally the peacocks if they, by chance, have seen his socks. This will be a fun read-aloud and a good one for breaking the code for beginning readers. It's a one-joke book that is pretty predictable, but probably satisfying enough to hear more than once. 4-7

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Bobbo Goes to School
(by Shirley Hughes, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

Lily is having a bad day. She is not really helping her busy mom. Then to make matters worse she tosses her toy dog, Bobbo in the air and he goes flying off on top of the school bus. Will Lilly find Bobbo? A small adventure with just enough suspense to satisfy young listeners. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Award
Tug-of-War
(by John Burmingham, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

What with all the bullying going on these days, here's a meaningful old story retold and illustrated by a master to share with a new generation. It all begins when elephant and hippo torment hare by calling him names. In the darkness of night, hare claims he can win a tug-of-war with each of the two big bullies. The rest is all good fun and speaks to the bigger idea of brains over brawn.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Awards
Look What I Can Do!
(by Nancy Viau/ illus. Anna Vojtech, Abrams $16.95 Score:)

Have you ever thought about what it must be like to learn to catch a fish for a bear cub or catch a fly if you were a little frog? In this rather unscientific book, each of the young creatures has a task it aspires to and accomplishes. Like the child at the end of the book who wants to hop, skip and hit a ball, learning is not always easy. A reassuring picture book that may help young doubters who are often impatient to grow up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Tiptoe Joe
(by Ginger Foglesong Gibson/ illus. Laura Rankin, Greeenwillow $17.99 Score:)

Tiptoe Joe has a surprise. With his happy smile, a charming love of a bear in red tie-up sneakers, shares his excitement as he invites all the animals of the forest to come see his secret! It's a short, sweet, and lively read-aloud with a repetitive refrain paired with the sounds animals make when they follow Joe. Suspense builds as the crowd grows and they reach Tiptoe's home where his wife holds their little secrets in her arms. 2 ˝ & up.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Award
Puffin Peter
(by Petr Horáček, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

A young science book starring two puffins that get separated in a storm. A friendly whale tries to help Peter find Paul based on Peter’s short descriptions of his friend. When he says his friend is black and white the whale takes him to the penquins. When he says Paul is noisy he takes him to a flock of parrots. In searching for Paul we get to see a nice variety of birds until at last Paul and Peter have their happy reunion. A small story with lovely illustrations for young listeners. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg
(by Lori Mortensen/ illus. Michael Allen Austin, Clarion $16.99 Score:)

The chase is on, Cowpoke Clyde has a dirty dawg who needs a bath. In this merry romp dawg keeps getting the best of Clyde and the other animals on the ranch. A fun yarn told in verse that makes for an amusing read-a-loud. 4-8

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Tallulah's Toe Shoes
(by Marilyn Singer/ illus Alexandra Boiger, Clarion $16.99 Score:)

Tallulah, like so many other little ballerinas is longing to toe shoes, the kind that real ballerinas wear when they dance on pointe. Not content to wait, as everyone tries to tell her she must, she takes home a pair of discarded slippers and makes some sad discoveries. Unlike so many ballet stories, this one ends on a hopeful note with a nod to the bigger idea that some things you have to wait for and can't happen instantly.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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