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Product Type: Books
Age: Late Elementary School Years

 


2006 Award
The Sisters Grimm
(by Michael Buckley, Abrams Books $14.95 Score:) Two sisters, Sabrina and Daphne, are sent to live with their grandmother, Relda Grimm. They discover that Grimm’s fairy tales are really a work of history, not fiction, as they quickly meet an assortment of villains and heroes from the fairy tales (Jack, Puck, Prince Charming, the Three Little Pigs). Buckley, a television writer, has imagined a fast-moving tale—you can already see where the special effects will go! 9 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Kamishibai Man
(by Allen Say, Houghton Mifflin $17 Score:) Based on his childhood in Japan, Say recalls the kamishibai man who used to come to the neighborhood (much like the Good Humor Man) to sell candies along with cliffhanger stories that grew each day. TV finished this old tradition, but here the kamishibai man returns to his old neighborhood and is received lovingly by his former children and a new generation. As always, the art is splendid, while the story may interest adults more than children. 7 & up.

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

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2006 Award
Prehistoric Actual Size
(by Steve Jenkins, Houghton Mifflin $16 Score:) It isn’t about the facts, though this is a picture book crammed full of facts and tidbits of information. In this case, it’s far more about the wonder of these amazing specimens, shown in their actual size. Though they can’t fit in their entirety, Jenkins show you enough of a detail to deliver the big ideas. Imagine a dragonfly with wings more than two feet across, or a terror bird large enough to eat a horse! Of course, we do not know how large or small horses were in those days. Also top rated, I See a Kookaburra! Introducing animals from differing habitats. 6 & up.

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

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2006 Award
Egypt: In Spectacular Cross Section
(by Stephen Biesty, Scholastic $18.99 Score:) Stunning illustrations fill this oversized view of ancient Egypt. He shows us an 11-year-old boy and his father on a 30-day journey up the Nile to the Valley of the Kings. Miniatures to study in cutaway views and text that explains the details.

Age: Later 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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2006 Award
From Rags to Riches: A History of Girls' Clothing in America
(by Leslie Sills, Holiday House $16.95 Score:) Future clothing and costume designers or those keen on clothes will enjoy this pictorial history. 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Patchwork Path, A Quilt Map to Freedom, The
(by Bettye Stroud/illus. by Erin S. Bennett, Candlewick $15.99 Score:) A father and daughter attempt to escape the plantation in this handsomely illustrated work of historic fiction. Using quilt patterns that were really messages, escaping slaves found help along the way on their journey to freedom. 7 & up.

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

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2006 Award
I Could Do That!
(by Linda Arms White/illus. by Nancy Carpenter, Farrar Straus $16 Score:) Esther Morris was a determined young girl who always felt she could meet whatever challenge came her way. In time, she not only moves to the frontier, to the Wyoming Territory, she also manages to become the first woman elected to public office in the United States, and gets the vote for Wyoming women! 7 & up.

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

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2006 Award
Memories of Survival
(by Esther Nisenthal Krinitz and Bernice Steinhardt, Hyperion $15.99 Score:) Embroidered panels are done by a survivor of the Holocaust in Poland and are accompanied with her own words and a commentary by her daughter. Stunning! 10 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Our Eleanor
(by Candace Fleming, Atheneum $19.95 Score:) You can read this from front to back or dip into the one- and two-page sections that address a particular moment in Eleanor Roosevelt’s remarkable life. There are tons of pictorial materials, photos, newspapers, cartoons, and letters that fill in this “scrapbook” and give young readers a sense of Eleanor’s life as she grew from lonely child to greatly admired leader in a time when there were few such women in the world. 10–14.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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