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2007 Award
Is There Really a Human Race?
(by Jamie Lee Curtis & Laura Cornell, HarperCollins $16.99 Score:) Some mighty big questions are here that have been teased out with amusing illustrations. This is a book that should lead to some talking and thinking beyond the sometimes punny funny attempts to get a smile. This may be one of those books that is more for adults than all but the most subjective kids. They say 4-8. We’d say more like 7 & up, up, up.

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

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2007 Award
Sam's Winter Hat
(by Albert Lamn/ illus. by David McPhail , Scholastic $6.99 Score:) Winter has come and Sam is lucky to have a fine red coat, green fuzzy mittens and a blue wooly hat. But as he loses each of his things there is a repetitive rhythm to the little story that toddlers will soon catch onto and enjoy. Too bad the red coat is not as red as red should be. It’s a short and sweet story for 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Foam Gliders
(by the editors of Klutz, Klutz $9.95 Score:) With just a little help kids can put together a fleet of foam gliders and let the high flying fun begin. Punch them out of the spiral pages and follow the simple directions. These call for some dexterity, but are relatively simple to construct. Test fly them inside to find the one that flies the highest, furthest, and trickiest. This is an inexpensive book/toy that is ideal for play date or a rainy day at home. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Time Out, Buzzy
(by Harriet Ziefert, illus. Emily Bolam, , Blue Apple $9.95 Score:) When young Buzzy, a little donkey gets sent to him room for a time out, he gives his toys a dose of the same medicine. It’s a more childlike solution than going off to the Where the Wild Things dwell.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Buzzy's Big Beach Book
(by Harriet Ziefert/ illus Emily Bolam, Blue Apple $9.95 Score:) A seaside adventure as the waves come in and knock down one sand castle and a determined little donkey and his dad rebuild again. The second story deals with a reluctant little bather and how his dad helps him overcome his fears of the water. Old toddlers/ young preschoolers.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Zelda and Ivy, the Runaways
(by Laura McGee Kvasnosky, Candlewick $14.99 Score:) In the words of Yogi Bear, these two are not your average fox. When their dad starts making cucumber sandwiches, the two decide to runaway. Little did they think they would not be missed. After hours of trying to get along they return home only to find that dad has saved those cucumber sandwiches for them. This one is followed by a funny tale about a time capsule and Zelda’s writer’s block. 2nd grade.

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

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2007 Award
Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!
(by Mo Willems, Hyperion $12.99 Score:) Pigeon is back and as usual has his own stubborn view of the world. In this case, he is not sleepy, no matter how many times he yawns. In fact, that might be a good way to get the yawning started…read this with lots of wide hammy yawns and it might become catching! This is one of those books that grown-ups might love better than little kids. 4-40.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Ella Sets the Stage
(by Carmela and Steven D'Amico, Scholastic $16.99 Score:) Series often go down hill, but Ella, a little Elephant, has stories that just keep getting better. This time Ella is shy about being in the talent show, but not so competitive that she can’t help her friends. In the end they want to give her a special award for her talent as a good friend. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Let's Play in the Forest
(by Claudia Rueda, Scholastic $16.99 Score:) Preschoolers will catch on before those innocent creatures who keep asking if wolf is there. Adapted from a game played in France and Latin America, the animals in the forest don’t seem to recognize wolf as he dresses and gets hungrier and hungrier. But not to worry, this is a kinder gentler wolf than one might expect. The whole game ends in a chuckle of relief! 3 7 up.

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

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2007 Award
Toys Go Out: Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Tough Little Bu
(by Emily Jenkins/ illus. by Paul Zelinsky, Random House $16.95 Score:) A charming book just right for sharing at bedtime. Readers come to know three favorite toys of a little girl. Someone Called Plastic discovers he's really a rubber bouncing ball. Stingray discovers he's not a real stingray and the Little Buffalo discovers that he is truly treasured by the little girl and her friends. A calmer, less action-packed version of Toy Story.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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