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Age: Early Elementary School Years
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2010 Award
The Taming of Lola, A Shrew Story
(by Ellen Weiss/ illus. Jerry Smath, Abrams Books $15.99 Score:)

Meet Lola, a bad tempered little shrew who gets her way by misbehaving. Enter Lester, her cousin from the East Meadow and Lola meets her match! While the family watches in disbelief the two cousins are a matched pair. The bad humor between these two has something of a comic edge. In a way, it's the kind of story that kids can live vicariously without getting into trouble. Ultimately the two feisty cousins work out their differences, sort of. The illustrations of the home life of a shrew family is full of details that may tickle or repel. It's fair to say that bugs are a staple of their diets, so this is not a book for the squeamish. However, with all the arguments, it should be great fun to read aloud. As Lola says, "Screaming is relaxing. You should try it sometime."

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

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2010 Award
Miss Brooks Loves Books! (and I don't)
(by Barbara Bottner/ illus. by Michael Emberley, Knopf $17.99 Score:)

Missy has a teacher who looks a bit like Miss Frizzle's younger sister, a teacher who is just over-the-top crazy for books. Poor Missy has to do a book presentation and her problem is finding a book she likes. Her mom stands firm on not doing the job for Missy. But once she finds a book with a well-known ogre Missy gets her act in gear. The idea of the story is funnier than the resolution, but kids who have suffered through assignments like this one will relate.

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

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2010 Award
Yoko's Show and Tell
(by Rosemary Wells, Hyperion $15 Score:)

Yoko's grandparents send her a very special doll all the way from their home in Japan to celebrate the Japanese holiday, Girl's Day. Yoko is so thrilled with the gift, she wants to take it to school for show and tell. Although her mother tells her the doll is too delicate, Yoko sneaks the doll out in her backpack. Just like the other books about Yoko, this is a tender story with a gentle little lesson. As always the art is a feast for the eyes. Wells uses layers of textures and patterns to decorate the clothing and furnishings in Yoko's world. The intricate details in the kimonos will remind children who have done origami of the beautifully patterned papers for that art form. 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
The Jellybeans and the Big Book Bonanza
(by Laura Numeroff and Nate Evans/illus. by Lynn Mu, Abrams Books $15.95 Score:)

Anna, a book loving bunny, just cannot get enough time for reading. She reads while she shops, hops, and bathes in her bubble bath. But her friends, have other interests, among them shopping for jellybeans. When their teacher assigns book reports, it is Anna who takes them to the library where she and Ms. Beasley-Buzzer, the librarian help the others find books that match their interests perfectly. A sweet book made all the sweeter with Lynn Munsinger's cast of animal children. Ann in her tub and her cozy chair are just so comfy!

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

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2009 Award
Princess Tiana and the Royal Ball
(by Natasha A. Tarpley/ illus. James Finch, Disney $15.99 Score:)

What with the media blitz of a Disney feature with the first African American Princess, there is bound to be a lot of merchandise to go around. If a keepsake of that movie is on your little one's wish list, this storybook is not a bad choice. Princess Tiana has been invited to a ball and her friend Charlotte insists she must follow the Princess handbook in getting ready for the big night. Princess Tiana ends up doing it her way...and she is a natural. It's not great literature, but it's not bad. Indeed it says something about being yourself....even if you are a princess.

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

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2009 Award
Fu Finds the Way
(by John Rocco, Hyperion $16.99 Score:)

Fu's father is annoyed with his careless way of planting rice. When he tells the boy to redo the task, Fu tosses the plants and accidentally hits the warrior Chang, who challenges Fu to a duel. All night the Master teacher insists that Fu learn to pour tea. When morning comes Fu discovers that learning purpose, flow and patience are essential, whatever the task involves. The story may be a stretch for some young listeners, but it is one that may provoke some thought and conversation. Rocco’s art sets the mood and tone of a story well worth sharing.  They say 3-7, we’d say this will be lost on kids under 7.

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

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2009 Award
Puffling
(by Margaret Wild/ illus. by Julie Vivas, Feiwel & Friends $16.99 Score:)

Coming of age stories are usually the passion of teens, yet this moving story of a baby Puffin growing toward independence speaks to a universal tug of the heart...the eager and yet sometimes scary process of holding on and letting go. Every day the little Puffin asks if he is ready to leave the burrow and go out into the world. His loving parents assure him that he will be ready soon. Meanwhile, they give him all that he needs, including love and assurance that he is getting there. It is about independence and dependence and how we carry those bonds with us even when we leap from the protective past into the unknown future. Told in lyrical prose with delicate pastels and watercolors, a memorable picture book for all ages. Bring tissues.

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

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2009 Award
The Dumb Bunnies Go To The Zoo
(by Dav Pilkey, $16.99 Score:)

One would think after all the books in this series they would wear thin. Not yet! You will laugh out loud as these three dumb bunnies visit the zoo and seem to be dumber than ever.  Dav Pilkey keeps dishing it out all the way to the end with one silly mistake after another. Great literature it is not…good fun it is!

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

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2009 Award
Sergio Saves the Game!
(by Edel Rodriguez, Little, Brown $15.99 Score:)

Soccer players will enjoy this predictable, if not always realistic tale of a soccer playing penguin who is not too good at the game. His mom suggests that he take up ping-pong but he rejects that idea. So, she suggests he become a goalie. Sergio practices and practices and in the end manages to win the day. Indeed, in real life this is for most kids a pure fantasy, but this is a satisfying dream for sports minded soccer aficionados.

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

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Froggy's Best Babysitter
(by Jonathan London/ illus. by Frank Remkiewicz, Viking $15.99 Score:) We have liked all the Froggy series, but this one is more unsettling than not. When Froggy's parents go off to the city for their anniversary they leave Froggy and his baby sister with a new baby sitter. This sitter is the very model of what not you would want. She is more interested in talking on her cell to her boyfriend than the kids and the art shows the baby and Froggy in the tub without supervision. Ok, it's a book, but what kind of model is this? You never see baby out of the tub or tucked into bed. It took a lot of page turns before we know baby is still in the story and safe. Too bad. This is not a funny book and we advise you to check out earlier Froggy tales from the backlist or your library.

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

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