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Product Type: Books
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Coping with Life's Ups and Downs

 


2010 Award
Aunt Mary's Rose
(by Douglas Wood/ illus. LeUyen Pham, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

A rosebush that has grown for generations in the family garden comes to represent the bonds between generations. Young Douglas does not understand what Aunt Mary means when she tells him that there is a bit of himself in the special bush they are caring for and vice a versa. Aunt Mary tries to explain by telling him the long and often melancholy history of the rose bush. The paintings are beautifully touched with time past. This is a story that you may want to share when a senior member of the family is ill or dying.

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

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2010 Award
The Tooth Fairy Meets El Raton Perez
(by Rene Colato Lainez/illus. Tom Lintern, Tricycle Press $15.99 Score:)

This is great good fun to rad out loud as the Tooth Fairy and her Latin American counterpart receive a signal that a tooth is ready to be picked up from a Mexican American boy. When the two arrive they begin to argue over who will take the tooth and end up having to help each other retrieve it from a high perch. The ending is a little hokey, but he drama and voices of the two make this worth a look, especially for kids that know about both tooth takers. 6 & up.

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

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2010 Award
Lion's Lunch
(by Fiona Tierney/illus. by Margaret Chamberlain, Scholastic $17.99 Score:)

When Sarah goes walking in the jungle she is stopped and threatened by the king of beasts, himself. When he threatens to eat her up, she borrows time by offering to draw his picture. It's that mean looking image that shakes lion up and when the others agree that is how he looks, lion resolves to change his ways. A bit of on the preachy side, this is nevertheless a story that just might help kids understand how others see bullies. It may not make them change their ways, but it might be a good story for a group of kids to discuss. 4 & up.

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

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2009 Award
Fanny & Annabelle
(by Holly Hobbie, Little Brown $16.95 Score:)

When Fanny decides to write a book she runs into some problems with developing the plot line. But not to worry, master storyteller, Holly Hobbie, alternates Fanny’s problems as a writer/person with the pages of Fanny’s creation. In the mix, she also helps Fanny solve an ethical dilemma as well as her creative problem with a meaningful ending. Charming!

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2009.

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Would I Trade My Parents?
(by Laura Numeroff, illus. by James Bernardin, Abrams Books $16.95 Score:) Everyone's parents have their own fine points. In this catalog of parents and kids, the boy narrator sees all the things that other parents allow and acknowledges that each child believes his or her parents are the best. In a predictable ending the narrator lists all the things others can do and then the things he can do and nails it all down with not wanting to trade his parents because they are the best.  There is something off putting about the basic premise here. Why should there be a contest about best…or trading parents? This just isn't Numeroff at her best.>

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Too Perfect
(by Trudy Ludwig, illus. by Lisa Fields, Tricycle Press $15.99 Score:) Although this has the feel of bibliotherapy and the art leaves a lot to be desired, the story is all too familiar. Jealousy that turns into sympathy for the one who seemed to have everything; the one who is a perfectionist. Not a bad story to share with school aged kids who often share such emotions.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2009.

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2009 Award
Jamaica Is Thankful
(by Juanita Havill/ illus. by Anne Sibley O’Brien, Houghton Mifflin $15 Score:)

When her friend offers an adorable kitten to Jamaica, she cannot refuse, even though she knows her brother, Ossie is allergic to cats. In the end, Jamaica realizes she cares more about her brother than having a cat. A no frills story that will ring true in many families. 4-8.

 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2002 Award
Dot the Fire Dog
(by Lisa Desimini, Scholastic $15.95 Score:) RRRRing! Dot the Firedog knows what to do when the fire bell rings at the station. More than a visit to the firehouse, Dot goes along and does her part saving a kitten as the firefighters do their jobs. Fresh bold illustrations give this special appeal. 3-7

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
One of the Problems of Everett Anderson
(by Lucille Clifton/ illus. by Ann Grifalconi, Holt $16.95 Score:) Everett Anderson is a well loved picturebook character who often gets to the heart and soul of typical childhood situations. This time, he's worried about a school mate who comes to school with bruises but can't tell about how they happened. Everett's sister thinks it's none of their business, but Everett is able to think for himself and figure out that he needs to talk with an adult. That idea is often hard to deliver in such a tender and meaningful way. A powerful, reassuring book that just might save a child's life! 4-8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Beverly Billingsly Borrows a Book
(by Alexander Stadler, Harcourt $16 Score:) Beverly, like many new library card holders, enjoys the book she borrows so much that she forgets to return it on time. Poor Beverly fears she will have to pay some huge fine or worse yet, go to jail! Librarians are likely to like this one a lot.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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