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Product Type: Books
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Science
Subcategories: Animals

 


2004 Award
You Are Special, Little One
(by Nancy Tafuri, Scholastic $16.95 Score:) Each mother and father assure their little one that it is special in its own way. Although the big idea might be seen as a celebration of love, it also points out the characteristics that make each creature unique from the others. As always, Tafuri’s art is memorable. 3–5.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Grandma ELephants's in Charge
(by Martin Jenkins/illus. by Ivan Bates, Candlewick $15.99 Score:) Side by side, the prose text tells the story of an elephant herd along with more facts on each facing page. Ivan Bates’ illustrations capture the strength as well as the playfulness and affection of the multi-generational herd. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Growing Frogs
(by Vivian French/illus. by Alison Bartlett, Candlewick $5.99 Score:) If you have a pond nearby, your young reader will want to collect some eggs or tadpoles and watch them grow, just as the child in this young science book does. There’s a good story here as well as solid information to fascinate kids without drowning them with more than they want to know. 5–8.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
The True-Or-False Book of Dogs
(by Patricia Lauber/ illus. by Rosalyn Schanzer, HarperCollins $15.99 Score:) Did you know that all are descended from wolves? Or that dogs bark more than wolves? Do dogs hear more than we do? This true-and-false book answers questions that even an avid dog lover might not have asked. 6–9.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2005 Award
Tigress
(Nick Dowson/illus. by Jane Chapman, Candlewick $15.99 Score:) Lyrical prose is counterpointed with interesting facts that together convey the story of the Tigress and her young. Chapman's illustrations capture the cubs as they grow from small enough to be carried by their necks, to big enough to pounce and hunt for food. Imagine—in 18 months, tiger cubs learn all they need to know, and slink off through the jungle grass to begin their independent lives. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2006 Award
One Smart Goose
(by Caroline J. Church, 3M $16.95 Score:) One little goose manages to outfox the big bad fox that chases all the other geese. Knowing how to disappear is the Smart Goose’s secret that leads to a merry chase. Undergoose wins! A happy solution in a world where the small are not usually mighty. An introduction to the concept of camouflage in nature. 3–6.

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

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2006 Award
Why?
(by Lila Prap, Kane Miller $14.95 Score:) Why do hyenas laugh? In bold print around the amusing illustration, there are all sorts of silly answers. But to the right a scientific explanation tells all. A collection of questions about animals such as the zebra, kangaroo, monkey, and many more are answered in the same way. Kids might enjoy making up more Q & As to go with other animals. 6 & up.

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

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2007 Award
Sharks and Other Sea Monsters
(by Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart, Candlewick $27.99 Score:) In typical fashion, Sabuda has created yet another incredible pop-up book. This is darker and the information denser than most. If your young reader is taken with the world of sharks, whales, scorpions, and prehistoric sea monsters that still live, this is a book to dive into. There will be lots of ooohs and aahhhhs as the pages, large and small, pop open. They say 5 & up; we think this will be a waste for kids under 7 or 8 but enjoyed by those well beyond—say 40 & up.

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

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2006 Award
Move!
(by Steve Jenkins & Rbin Page, Houghton Mifflin $16 Score:) A handsome book about the way animals move. Using life like illustrations made of paper cut designs the language of the book connects a single concept of motion to mean two quite different meanings. For example, a spider “floats on a thread of silk’ while a “polar bear floats in dark, icy water.” The juxtaposition of animals large and small give new meaning to seemingly simple words. There is no story here, but a lot to talk about. 4-8.

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

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