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

 


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
I Spy Under the Sea
(by Edward Gibbs, Candlewick $14.99 Score:)

With cut out openings that allow for previewing what comes next, this young science book introduces beginners to a number of sea creatures. It begins with seven clown fish and counts down to one shark. There is not a good reason for the creatures chosen, nor do the hints really define them in a unique way. That said, this is a simple counting book with an ocean setting. Edward Gibbs' underwater art fills the pages with active and attractive sea life on sturdy stock pages.  Preschoolers will like the peek-a-boo format that shows them part to whole images. 3 & up.

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

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2012 Award
Just Ducks
(by Nicola Davies/ illus. Salvatore Rubbino, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

As a kid, going to the park to feed the ducks was a weekly treat. All the stale bread of the week was saved in a special bag that we took to the Bronx Zoo on Sunday morning. This little book might have added much to those trips. Most kids don't have the language that describes all the doings of the ducks. Here, in the middle of the city, on a duck pond, we get up close for a good look at how the ducks eat, preen, dabble, and attract mates. The narrative is augmented with clear factoids that better define the typical actions of Mallards. A nice young science book that will extend what kids can see if feeding the ducks is on your agenda. 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
Dolphin Baby!
(by Nicola Davies/ illus. Brita Granstrom, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

Through painterly illustrations and clearly written prose, young readers follow a dolphin baby and its mother from the first breath through the major events of the first six months of life. The simple telling is done in print and extra information is printed in cursive style. Use it as a read aloud or share the reading with young readers who are learning to decode the two very different styles of the written word.

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

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2012 Award
Eggs 1-2-3, Who Will the Babies Be?
(by Janet Halfmann/ illus. Besty Thompson, Blue Apple $17.99 Score:)

Young science and counting all in one charming book about the many creatures that hatch from eggs. We see the eggs in nests, meadow grass, on green leaves, and in the seas and sand. Each new set of eggs is introduced in its habitat and then hatched on the fold out page. Muted colors go well with the quiet text. A good book for talking about the many kinds of eggs in our world.

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

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2012 Award
Demolition
(by Sally Sutton /illus. Brian Lovelock , Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

Big machines are often fascinating for preschoolers. Usually books focus on construction sites where new buildings are going up. This one takes a look at the reverse—a building going down with a surprising construction for an ending. The text is full of lively action words that crackle with the sounds wrecking balls and parts that crunch and snap. All are illustrated with bold images. Unlike construction sites where one cannot linger, these pages are fun to explore without some grownup saying, "We have to go home now."

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

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2011 Award
North, The Amazing Story of Arctic Migration
(by Nick Dowson. illus. Patrick Benson, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

Breathtaking art fills the pages of this oversized picture book that follows the migration of creatures heading north on their annual journey to the Arctic. They start with a whale leaving Mexico and then follow as it passes L.A., San Francisco, Vancover Island, Anchorage and onto the Arctic Circle. Nick Dawson writes lyrically as well as informatively. An ideal choice for young listeners who are hungry for real facts. They will be hypnotized by the combined beauty of the text and illustrations. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Butterfly Tree
(by Sandra Markle/ illus. by Leslie Wu, Peachtree $16.95 Score:)

Our family experienced this kind of magic just once, a very long ago, so this book resonates with a tender memory our family shared. Our house is gone now, the children are grown, and though we always hoped the monarchs would return again, it was, as the author writes in this lovely book, a treasured memory that does last. It's hard to know if the book will replace the experience for those who have never seen a flock of Monarchs filling several trees. One can only hope that you will have such an experience at least once!

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2011.

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2011 Award
Even as Octopus Needs a Home
(by Irene Kelly, Holiday House $16.95 Score:)

A fascinating collection of animal homes are shown in this young science book. From treetop chimps to spiders in underwater bubbles, Irene Kelly shows the great variety of places animals live in. The art is playful but realistic enough to inform and the text is lively while conveying a sense of how and why the animals live where they do.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Who Has What? All About Girls Bodies and Boys Bodies
(by Robie H. Harris/ illus. by Nadine Bernard Westc, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

Clear, straightforward information with simple pictures make this an excellent way to answer questions of preschoolers about their bodies. The lively child centered illustrations are full of action and not at all textbookish. The language neither speaks down nor over the heads of young children. Without overloading the text with more than they want to know, this book gives you a chance to convey information that kids are curious to know. Some children are reluctant to ask and some parents are reluctant to tell. Robie Harris' Who Has What? Can solve both sides of the conundrum without discomfort.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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