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Age: Preschoolers
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2009 Award
Princess Tiana and the Royal Ball
(by Natasha A. Tarpley/ illus. James Finch, Disney $15.99 Score:)

What with the media blitz of a Disney feature with the first African American Princess, there is bound to be a lot of merchandise to go around. If a keepsake of that movie is on your little one's wish list, this storybook is not a bad choice. Princess Tiana has been invited to a ball and her friend Charlotte insists she must follow the Princess handbook in getting ready for the big night. Princess Tiana ends up doing it her way...and she is a natural. It's not great literature, but it's not bad. Indeed it says something about being yourself....even if you are a princess.

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

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2009 Award
Fu Finds the Way
(by John Rocco, Hyperion $16.99 Score:)

Fu's father is annoyed with his careless way of planting rice. When he tells the boy to redo the task, Fu tosses the plants and accidentally hits the warrior Chang, who challenges Fu to a duel. All night the Master teacher insists that Fu learn to pour tea. When morning comes Fu discovers that learning purpose, flow and patience are essential, whatever the task involves. The story may be a stretch for some young listeners, but it is one that may provoke some thought and conversation. Rocco’s art sets the mood and tone of a story well worth sharing.  They say 3-7, we’d say this will be lost on kids under 7.

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

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2009 Award
Puffling
(by Margaret Wild/ illus. by Julie Vivas, Feiwel & Friends $16.99 Score:)

Coming of age stories are usually the passion of teens, yet this moving story of a baby Puffin growing toward independence speaks to a universal tug of the heart...the eager and yet sometimes scary process of holding on and letting go. Every day the little Puffin asks if he is ready to leave the burrow and go out into the world. His loving parents assure him that he will be ready soon. Meanwhile, they give him all that he needs, including love and assurance that he is getting there. It is about independence and dependence and how we carry those bonds with us even when we leap from the protective past into the unknown future. Told in lyrical prose with delicate pastels and watercolors, a memorable picture book for all ages. Bring tissues.

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

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2009 Award
The Dumb Bunnies Go To The Zoo
(by Dav Pilkey, $16.99 Score:)

One would think after all the books in this series they would wear thin. Not yet! You will laugh out loud as these three dumb bunnies visit the zoo and seem to be dumber than ever.  Dav Pilkey keeps dishing it out all the way to the end with one silly mistake after another. Great literature it is not…good fun it is!

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

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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
Piglet and Granny
(by Margaret Wild/ illus. by Stephen M. King, Abrams Books $15.99 Score:)

Piglet is waiting for Granny to come visit. She meets all the animals in the neighborhood as she does all the happy things Granny has taught her to do. A charming little story with a repetitive refrain that children will like chiming in on as the old-fashioned story unfolds. 2 1/2 - 6.

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

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2009 Award
Little Books Set: Little Pea, Little Hoot, and Little Oink Boxed Set
(by Amy K. Rosenthal and Jen Corace, Chronicle $19.99 Score:)

What child would not see the humor of a little pea who hates having to eat five pieces of candy for dinner and pouts until dessert arrives…a dish of spinach! Little Hoot hates having to stay up late and as for Little Oink – he suffers from his parents’ need for messiness.  These three little award winners are now produced in sturdy board books and packaged together to make a sweet gift. These will be read again and again-but you will not mind since they are short and funny. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. 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
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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