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2007 Award
First Picture Spanish
(Felicity Brooks & Mairi Mackinnon et al, Usborne $14.99 Score:) Cleverly designed with illustrations and lift up flaps with Spanish phrases that reveal the translations. To hear the phrases spoken, go to the publisher’s website. This is an interaction that really can be helpful. 7–70.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Rainforest
(by Thomas Marent, DK $40 Score:) Every coffee table should have this stunning book that is chock full of stunning photographs of the plants, animals, birds, and insects that inhabit this precious habitat. Includes a CD with sounds of the rainforest. Magnificent!

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Peter and the Shadow Thieves
(by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Hyperion $18.99 Score:) Sometimes sequels can be disappointing, but Barry and Pearson deliver another fast-paced adventure that continues to tell the prequel adventures of Peter Pan. Here, Peter leaves Mollusk Island with Tinker Bell to help his friend Molly rescue her mother from the evil hands of Lord Ombra.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars, The Fall of the Amazing Zalinda
(by Tracy Mack and Michael Citrin, Orchard $16.99 Score:) The famous detective is aided in his work by a gang of homeless boys, the Baker Street Irregulars. Engaging mystery told from the perspective of these young sleuths. 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Weedflower
(by Cynthia Kadohata, Simon & Schuster $16.95 Score:) While Sumiko experiences discrimination in her home town before the war, the attack on Pearl Harbor changes her life forever. Her family is sent to an internment camp where she befriends a Native American. A compelling view of this dark period in American history (for a non-fiction account, see Dear Miss Breed, review below).

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Christmas
(by Robert Sabuda, Orchard $12.99 Score:) A small gem of a pop-up with a single page for each letter of the word Christmas…starting with a candle and ending with Santa. Splendid choice for anyone on your list. 5-55 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Create-a-Card
(by jame Bull, DK $15.99 Score:) Kids will find quality materials and an idea book that demonstrates how to make pop up and other interesting cards. The twenty colorful blank cards and matching envelopes are packaged with markers, glitter paste, tissue paper, colored paper, and stickers. This is a fun choice for making invitations and greeting cards that will become family treasures. 5-10.

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

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2007 Award
Probuditi!
(by Chris Van Allsburg, Houghton Mifflin $18.95 Score:) This would have been on the Platinum Award list in our book, but it arrived too late. As always, Chris Van Allsburg spins a wonderful story that is full of suspense with a dollop of magic. After seeing a magician do hypnosis Calvin and his buddy Rodney come home and build a machine and try to hypnotize his little sister Trudy. Much to his surprise it works and then Calvin cannot figure out how to snap her out of it. Little sisters who are often left behind by big brothers will love this get even tale. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
(illus. by Rosemary Wells, Scholastic $6.99 Score:) Charming illustrations accompany this little book with the traditional rhyme. Add this one to your books to sing collection.

Age: Infants,Toddlers. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Please Don't Upset P.U. Zorilla!
(by Lynn Rowe Reed, Random House $15.95 Score:) A certain well-meaning skunk arrives in town and asks the mayor for work. P.U. does a fine job until one thing or another manages to upset him and P.U.! You get the picture. Given one last chance, it turns out that P.U.’s powerful scent serves to save the day. A contrived, but nice little story that kids are sure to relate to, since they too, sometimes fall short of unrealistic expectations. 4-8.

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

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