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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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Night Boat to Freedom
(by Margot Theis Raven/illus. by E.B. Lewis, Farrar Straus $16 Score:) Granny Judith urges 12-year-old Christmas John to take others across the river from Kentucky to Ohio and freedom under the dark moon. Each time he returns, he tells Franny the color his passengers wore, the colors of freedom. Granny uses her dye pots to make a quilt of freedom that will take them across one day. A moving story inspired by reading hundreds of slave narratives collected in the 1930s. Masterful storytelling and art are perfectly blended! 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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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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