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Product Type: Books
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Fantasies

 


2002 Award
The Magic Hat Spring
(by Mem Fox/illus. by Tricia Tusa, Harcourt $16 Score:) A magic hat blows into town and over a road where it lands on a man who turns into a toad. But that's just the beginning of the adventure as the hat turns nanny and baby into a kangaroo and a big old sleepy man into a jolly big bear. Fun for read-aloud rhyming fun that is likely to be learned by heart and chanted aloud by young listeners after a few readings. Tusa's big action-packed pictures are fun to explore.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Jethro Byrd Fairy Child
(by Bob Graham, Candlewick $15.99 Score:) Annabelle not only believes in fairies, she actually finds a family of them and invites them for a tea party. For some reason her mother and father are too old or busy to see them, but that does not stop Annabelle nor her little brother Sam. For those who believe in fairies, this is a charmer!

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Madlenka's Dog
(by Peter Sis, Farrar Straus $17 Score:) Any child who has ever longed for a dog will relate to this delightful fantasy. In a second journey around her neighborhood, the imaginative Madlenka goes to visit all her friends, showing them her pretend pooch. What a surprise! Each of them has a view of the kind of dog Madlenka should have and readers do, too with a lift of each clever flap! There's a glossary with the names of all the dogs shown in the book and the people in her diverse city. Don't miss the original Madlenka, in which she takes a tour around the world with her loose tooth. 4-7.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2003 Award
Opera Cat
(by Tess Weaver/illus. by Andre Wesson, Clarion $15 Score:) Madame SoSo, the opera diva, gets a serious case of laryngitis on opening night. But the show must go on! Little does she know that Alma, her adoring cat, is ready to sing every aria pur-r-r-fectly. 5–8

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2006 Award
Upstairs Mouse, Downstairs Mole
(by Wong Herbery Yee, Houghton Mifflin $16 Score:) There are several connected stories about these two neighbors, Mouse and Mole, that play on the theme that we don’t all enjoy the same things—yet we can be friends. Learning that others have different tastes and needs for their comfort is a giant idea to children who are struggling with being and making friends. 4–7.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2007 Award
Snow Globe Family
(by Jane O’Connor/illus. by S.D. Schindler, Putnam $16.99 Score:)

Side by side two families live, one in a house, another in a snow globe, waiting for the first big snowstorm of the season. In this charming fantasy world, the family in the snow globe is noticed only by the baby of the big family. An imaginative story that matches the mesmerizing magic that children often find with a shake of a snow globe. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2007 Award
Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, The
(by Kate DiCamillo/illus. by Bagram Ibatoulline, Candlewick $18.99 Score:) This story will remind you of Rachel Field’s classic Hitty, but the tale of Edward Tulane is far more accessible. As always, Kate DiCamillo whisks you away into a special place, where she spins a tale, this time, of a china rabbit who must survive many losses before understanding what it is to love and be loved in return.

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

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2007 Award
Bats at the Beach
(by Brian Lies, Houghton Mifflin $16 Score:) Ever wonder who goes to the beach when you are sleeping? Why, bats of course! In an amusing send-up, a family of bats arrive seaside, spread on their moon tan ltion and enjoy digging, singing and sailing on “wing-boats.” Told in lilting verse with charming illustrations, this is a summer’s night tale that flies!

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

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2007 Award
Rainstorm
(by Barbara Lehman, Houghton Mifflin $16.95 Score:) A wordless adventure that finds a young boy alone and lonely in his home on a rainy day. He finds akey and tries all the locks he finds until it opens a chest that leads to an afternoon of adventure. Can be told in the child’s own words and ends with the possibility for creating more adventures!

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

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2007 Award
The Wicked Big Toddlah
(by Kevin Hawkes, Knopf $16.99 Score:) In the spirit of a Paul Bunyan tall tale, this spirited oversized picturebook is brimming with a giant size baby and his dotting family. It’s a book that will make you smile from the first page to the last...but alas, the ending is something of a thud. That said, this is still a fun book of images to share. Maybe you and your child can take the last image and spin some new adventures for Toddie and his family. 4-8.

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

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