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2007 Award
Happy Birthday, Jamela!
(by Niki Daly, Farrar Straus $16 Score:) Jamela is about to have a birthday. When she goes shopping for a special dress, she finds “princess shoes” that would be perfect. But Mama says she needs sturdy school shoes. Jamela, inspired by the sparkly shoes, decorates her new school shoes. Although Mama is annoyed, an artist neighbor is impressed. Jamela manages to get her wish—even before she blows out the candles on her cake. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Olivia Forms a Band
(by Ian Falconer, Atheneum $17.95 Score:) It’s the Fourth of July, and how can you have fireworks without a band? That is what Olivia wants to know. Fear not, the ever-resourceful Olivia has enough imagination to become a one-pig band! 4–8.

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

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2007 Award
Pancakes for Supper!
(by Anne Isaacs/illus. by Mark Teague, Scholastic $16.99 Score:) Broadly based on the Little Black Sambo story, this has none of the usual baggage. Unlike recent retellings, it is not a conscious PC rendering. Here, the heroine falls out of her parents’ wagon and cleverly avoids being eaten alive by giving each of five wild animals a piece of her clothing that they believe makes them most attractive. When the five disagree on who is the best, they end up in a chase that turns them into maple syrup. You guessed it—young Toby and her parents use that sweet ending on their pancakes. A keeper. 4 & up.

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

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2007 Award
Edwina, The Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She was Extinct
(by Mo Willems, Hyperion $16.99 Score:) Remember Danny’s Dinosaur? Edwina steps from a similar mold and is equally delightful. One doubting Thomas by the name of Reginald Von Hoobie-Doobie tries his best to prove that dinosaurs are extinct, but Edwina manages to prove that facts are not all we need in this world! 4 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Flotsam
(by David Wiesner, Clarion $16 Score:) What a splendid, imaginative work! Told without words, this seaside fantasy takes off when a camera washes up on the shore. It is found by a boy who has the film developed and discovers in the images a magnificent underwater world—as well as children from all over the world who have seen its wonders. Wiesner spins his own brand of magic! 5–8.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Museum Trip
(by Barbara Lehman, Houghton Mifflin $15 Score:) A wordless gem of an adventure. On a class trip to the museum, a boy gets separated from his group. While looking for them, he finds his way into a small room. There he finds a collection of mazes on display and is transformed to fit into the mazes. As the young reader finds the path through the mazes he and the boy save themselves and leave the museum triumphant. In fact, the young hero of the story and the museum guard both wear the same golden medal. Another winner from the author of The Red Book. 5 & up.

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

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2007 Award
Pandora's Box
(retold and illustrated by Jean Marzollo, Little Brown $12.99 Score:) Get ready to laugh out loud—a rare event when reading a Greek myth. If you take your myths solemnly, you may be troubled when Prometheus steals fire from Zeus and cooks oatmeal for his brother. On the other hand, there's something wonderfully childlike about the troubles that come flying out of Pandora's box, as well as comforting in knowing that hope and curiosity are not lost. Marzollo's unique telling of this and Let's Go, Pegasus! have humor and a good page-turning pace for beginning myth readers. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Take Care, Good Knight
(by Shelley Moore Thomas/illus. by Paul Meisel, Dutton $15.99 Score:) When the wizard goes off for a day, he leaves his precious cats in the care of three little dragons, not knowing that they do not know how to read his directions. An amusing story that proves how important it is to know how to read! 4–8.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Yoon and the Christmas Mitten
(by Helen Recorvits/illus. by Gabi Swiatkowska, Farrar Straus $16 Score:) A tender story about a Korean girl who believes in Mr. Santa Claus, no matter how many times her parents tell her this is not their custom. When Christmas eve comes, Yoon hangs up a mitten, since she has no stocking. A gem. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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Brothers
(by Yin/illus. by Chris Soentpiet, Philomel $16.99 Score:) Set in San Francisco’s Chinatown, this is an immigrant story of Ming, a boy from China, who is befriended by Patrick, the son of Irish immigrants. Though Ming’s older brother warns him not to venture out of Chinatown, the boy not only finds friendship, he saves the family business. Soentpiet’s memorable illustrations are infused with light, color, and character. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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