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Product Type: Books
Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Folk Tales

 

 
1994 Awards
Millions of Cats
(by Wanda Gag, Grosset & Dunlap $12.95 Score:) What child has not heard and chanted the refrain "Hundreds of cats, thousands of cat, millions and billions and trillions of cats?" This rather longish folk-style tale about an old man who brings home too many cats has pleased children for more than 60 years and it's still a gem! 4 and up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1994.

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The Bold Boy
(by Malachy Doyle/ illus. by Jane Ray, Candlewick $15.99 Score:) Beginning readers as well as young listeners will enjoy the sprightly pace and pattern of this folktale. Bold Boy asks an old woman to take care of a pea he has found. When her hen eats the pea he takes the hen. But it doesn't stop there. In a series of comic exchanges Bold Boy keeps trading (make that taking) up until he makes off with a young girl's donkey and other catch up with his naughty ways. Great read aloud fun that children will love chiming in on! 3 & up.

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

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2008 Award
The Three Pigs Roly Poly Box Book
(by Kees Moerbeek, 3M $9.99 Score:) Here is a new twist on pop-up books. Shaped like a box, the story unfolds from a cube with pop up scenes and simple text that are, in the words of Goldilocks, “Just right!” Choose the Three Pigs, Goldilocks, or Cinderella. Once kids know the story, let them tell it to you as you unfold the illustrations. A pleasing novelty item. You may want to save these for together time since the pop ups tend to be easily destroyed. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2007 Award
Goldilocks Roly Poly Box Book
(by Kees Moerbeek, Child's Play $9.99 Score:) Here is a new twist on pop-up books. Shaped like a box, the story unfolds from a cube with pop up scenes and simple text that are, in the words of Goldilocks, “Just right!” Choose the Three pigs, Goldilocks, or Cinderella. Once kids know the story, let them tell it to you as you unfold the illustrations. A pleasing novelty item. You may want to save these for together time since the pop ups tend to be easily destroyed. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2009 Award
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
(retold by Lauren Child/ photos by Polly Borland/de, Hyperion $16.99 Score:)

This new telling of Goldilocks is a charmer with a beautiful golden haired doll and three bears that stepped out of a very special corner of toyland. It stays true to the story but with a vitality that is often lacking. Best of all, the over-sized picture book is graced with illustrations that give it a new life. Photographed in original miniature settings with curious details to discover, each double page spread invites young readers to linger and delight in a fantasy world that is not too scary, not too sweet, but just right!

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

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2003 Award
Epossumondas
(by Coleen Salley/illus. by Janet Stevens, Harcourt $16 Score:) A retelling of a classic noddlehead tale. Who says you can learn from your mistakes? Not Epossumondas! Preschoolers love being ever so much smarter by knowing what the "hero" of a story does not know. Stevens' oversized ladies and her cast of critters have just the over-the-top humor to match Salley's ear for making any reader into a gifted storyteller. 4–8

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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Jackalope
(by Janet Stevens & Susan Stevens Crummel, Harcourt $17 Score:) Here's a lively version of that fabled critter of the old West, the Jackalope- a cross between a jack rabbit and an antelope. There's some corny word play, lots of action and even a big lesson built into the shenanigans here. This is a tall tale of a rabbit who wishes to be different and a fairy godmother who helps him discover that being himself is best. 4-8

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

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2004 Award
Just Enough and Not Too Much
(by Kaethe Zemach, Scholastic $16.95 Score:) Simon the Fiddler gets caught up with the idea of having more, more, more of everything. In time he comes to the realization that he was happier when he had less. Will preschoolers get this? Maybe. It’s got the rhythm of a folktale that says less is more. 4–7.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Calabash Cat
( by James Rumford, Houghton Mifflin $16 Score:) Calabash Cat wants to find out where the world ends. Various animals take him across their part of the world—the desert, grassland, jungle, and ocean—each believing he has shown the Cat the end of the world. Illustrated in the style of engravers of the country of Chad, this is an original tale told as a folktale. 4–8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Daniel In the Lion's Den
(by Jean Marzollo, Little Brown $14.95 Score:) An audience of ants watch (and comment) from the bottom of the pages as Marzollo’s sprightly telling of this classic bible tale unfolds. Told with humor and a lively pace, this is the first of a new and refreshingly breezy series of Bible Stories. Also excellent, Miriam and Her Brother Moses. 4–8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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