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Product Type: Books
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Family and Friends

 

Froggy's Best Babysitter
(by Jonathan London/ illus. by Frank Remkiewicz, Viking $15.99 Score:) We have liked all the Froggy series, but this one is more unsettling than not. When Froggy's parents go off to the city for their anniversary they leave Froggy and his baby sister with a new baby sitter. This sitter is the very model of what not you would want. She is more interested in talking on her cell to her boyfriend than the kids and the art shows the baby and Froggy in the tub without supervision. Ok, it's a book, but what kind of model is this? You never see baby out of the tub or tucked into bed. It took a lot of page turns before we know baby is still in the story and safe. Too bad. This is not a funny book and we advise you to check out earlier Froggy tales from the backlist or your library.

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

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2009 Award
Otis
(by Loren Long, Philomel $17.99 Score:)

An oversized old fashioned story book with echoes of Mike Mulligan. Otis, an old tractor is replaced by a big shiny new tractor. Left in the barn the farmer’s potential “prize” calf is miserable without Otis. When that little calf falls into a muddy pond there is only one way to get it out. A charming story of friendship with art that pays homage to picture books of an earlier bucolic time and artists such as Virginia Lee Burton and Robert Lawson.  4-8

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

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2009 Award
Erika-San
(by Allen Say, Houghton Mifflin $17 Score:)

Once again Allen Say tells a story that weaves the past and present together—a connection between America and Japan. In this charming story little Erika is fascinated by an old block print her grandfather brought from Japan when he was a young man. The image of a distinctive looking house in the moonlight stays in her memory. When Erika has graduated from college she journeys to Japan where she not only finds work as a teacher, but romance and of course—the house in the old print. Romantic and may be of more interest to adults. As always the art is glorious!

 

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

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2009 Award
First Ballet
(by Deanna Caswell/ illus. by Elizabeth Matthews, Hyperion $16.99 Score:)

Most little girls who have been taken to the ballet for the first time will relate to this lyrical little book. Told in verse, it captures the excitement of the occasion. Matthew's lively illustrations capture the adventure and even the joy after the event when both adult and child are inspired to take a twirl or two. 4-7

 

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

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2009 Award
What Sisters Do Best/ What Brothers Do Best
(By Laura Numeroff/ illus. by Lynn Munsinger, Chronicle $15.99 Score:)

A reversible/flip book with the same text in both versions but different illustrations depending on the gender you choose. Unlike so many sibling books that focus on negatives, this one is totally positive and clever—in that the things both genders do are the same. It’s only the specific ways they do them are different. That’s a big and very positive concept for kids to think about! 3-6.

 

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

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2001 Awards
A Pig Is Moving In!
(by Claudi Fries, Orchard $15.95 Score:) Preconceived notions of what kind of neighbor a pig would make are all shattered when this friendly, accident-prone but tidy pig moves in. Talks to keeping an open mind.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato
((by Lauren Child), Candlewick $15.99 Score:) If you know a finicky eater like Lola you might want to take a lesson from her big sister, Charlie! Lola has a mile long list of foods she will never eat. But fear not! Charlie dubs carrots "orange twiglets" and mashed potatoes as "cloud fluff". Now what would you rename a tomato? A deliciously wry treat! Helps kids understand that they are not the only ones in the world who doesn't like certain foods. 4-8

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Award
I Like the Way You Are
(by Eve Bunting/illus. by John O'Brien, Clarion $15 Score:) Being a friend is not always easy, as Turtle discovers in five small stories about sharing, caring and enjoying the company of a friend. 4–7.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Award
Milo and the Mysterious Island
(by Marcus Pfister, North-South $18.95 Score:) Milo longs to see more of the world. As in Pfister's Rainbow Fish, the pages glitter. Milo and his friends set sail with a pile of their glowing golden stones for light. Here the book splits in two and readers can read a happy ending where sharing and trust win the day or a sad one where everyone loses. 4–8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Nicky and the Fantastic Birthday Gift
(by Valeri Gorbachev, North-South $15.95 Score:) Nicky's brothers and sisters each make Mother Rabbit a picture for her birthday. Nicky thinks and thinks and then he makes a picture that is worth a thousand words—maybe more! 3–7.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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