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Product Type: Books
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: History

 


2009 Award
Big George
(by Anne Rockwell/ illus. by Matt Phelan, Harcourt $17 Score:)

Most biographies in picture book form usually focus on a single incident in the life of that person. Anne Rockwell's story of the life of George Washington covers a long stretch of time, from his boyhood days to the time he becomes President. On the other hand, it covers the Revolutionary war in very short order. While the art is handsome, this is more likely a book for school/curriculum than of general interest. 8 & up.

 

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

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2009 Award
Testing the Ice, A True Story About Jackie Robinson
(By Sharon Robinson/ illus. by Kadir Nelson, Scholastic $16.99 Score:)

Written by Jackie Robinson's daughter, this is a true story of the famous baseball player, who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball and won almost every award known, but despite his athletic prowess, surprisingly, he did not know how to swim. When his kids wanted to go skating on the lake behind their house, he had the courage to be the one to test the ice. Glorious illustrations add much to this lovely metaphor for the courage the beloved Jackie Robinson showed in his early years as the first African American to play in the Major League.  

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

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2009 Award
Roman Diary
(by Richard Platt/ illus. by David Parkins, Candlewick $18.992 Score:)

When Iliona leaves with her family from Greece to Rome she starts a diary. Little did she know that before she even gets there their ship will be taken by pirates and she will become a slave and this then becomes a vehicle for showing life in Rome. Of course, Iliona has the good fortune ( if one can say that about being a slave) to be bought by a Roman senator. Because she is educated her life as a slave is less bitter than it might otherwise have been. Platt manages to weave a good enough story into his travelogue of ancient Rome, giving Iliona and her brother a happier ending than most slaves could expect. Parkins art carries the tour forward with details that capture time and place. 8 & up

 

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2009.

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2009 Award
Muktar and the Camels
(by Janet Graber/ illus. by Scott Mack, Henry Holt $16.99 Score:)

On the border of Somalia and Kenya there is an orphanage where a young boy daydreams of his past, his love of his family, their nomadic ways.  He dreams of how much he misses them and the camels that carried them and their possessions. When a librarian arrives at the orphanage with books on the backs of three camels, Muktar cares for one of the camels that is injured and begins a new life that is closer to his dreams. This is an unusual story that introduces children to a world they can hardly imagine and a way of life that is so different from their own. Yet there are universals here that carry our commonality as well as our differences. A good way to help children wade into the bigger world and its ways.

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

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2009 Award
Monet's Impressions
(by Claude Monet, Chronicle/Metropolitan Museum $15.99 Score:)

A glorious little book with some of Monetís most famous paintings accompanied by a few words written by the master himself in letters to friends and family. This is a gem that introduces young people to the artist. 7 & up.

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

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2009 Award
In the Belly of an Ox
(by Rebecca Bond, Houghton Mifflin $16.99 Score:)

An interesting true story of two brothers, Richard and Cherry Kearton who became innovative bird photographers in the early days of photography. Their ways of hiding and capturing images were inventive and the few true photos at the end of the book add much to this introduction to photography and the idea of following one’s interests. 8 & up.

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

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2009 Award
Stagecoach Sal
(by Deborah Hopkinson/ illus. by Carson Ellis, Hyperion $16.99 Score:)

When her dad is stung by a hornets, Sal takes over as stagecoach driver and runs into the scoundrel, Poetic Pete. But have no fear this larger than life size gal manages to get the mail through and capture the villain, too! This is a lively vehicle for giving kids a glimpse of the old west. Based on several true-life characters, this is a work of historic fiction with opportunities for singing some of our best known folksongs. A storybook that can be partly sung and enjoyed by young listeners/singers. 4-8.

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

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2001 Awards
The Butterfly
((by Patricia Polacco), Philomel $16.99 Score:) In the dark of night a "ghost" of a girl appears in Monique's bedroom. But she is no ghost! Set in Nazi occupied France, this suspenseful story tells of the terror, courage, and friendship of a French family that helped a Jewish family hide and escape. Based on true events, Polacco's artful blend of image and story are bittersweet reminders of a cruel time when even butterflies were not free. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Liberty
((by Lynn Curlee), Atheneum $18 Score:) It is hard to imagine a time when Lady Liberty was not standing in New York's harbor. As in his award winning book, Rushmore, Curlee documents the long years of effort it took to raise the funds and build the colossal statue-a gem of a book about a national treasure. 8 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Award
Meet My Grandmother: She's a Supreme Court Justice
(by Lisa T. McElroy, Millbrook $7.95 Score:) A photo essay about the first woman Justice of the Supreme Court. Told through the eyes of her granddaughter, this is one of a series. Each book is told by a young person with connections to the adult featured. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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