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2002 Award
Grandma's Trick-or-Treat
(by Emily Arnold McCully, $14.95 Score:) It's Halloween and Pip's grandmas are back! One grandma doesn't want a costume, just good manners. The other grandma is a kid at heart who likes costumes and tricks! Pip and her friends try to get away from the dynamic duo, but not for long!

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Fluffy's Funny FIeld Trip
(by Kate McMullan/illus. by Mavis Smith, Scholastic $3.99 Score:) Everybody's favorite class pet, Fluffy goes along (by mistake) on the class trip to the Planetarium. Fluffy falls asleep and dreams up an original set of constellations that include a flying guinea pig called Pigasus, among others. Also fun: Spring Vacation.

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

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Totem Poles
(by Jennifer Frantz/illus. by Allan Eitzen, $3.99 Score:) The story of why and where Totem Poles were built, and who built them, is told in simple prose. Informative text with handsome illustrations.

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

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Martin Luther King, Jr.
(by Frances E. Ruffin/illus. Stephan Marchesi, Grosset & Dunlap $3.99 Score:) Here is a simple telling of a significant day in history, the day of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. Using a blend of photographs and art, this feels like a grown-up book for beginners.

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

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Let's Read and FInd Out Series
(various authors, HarperCollins $4.95 Score:) This excellent series provides under-whelming information and includes activities children can do to bring abstract ideas down to earth. New for 2002, What Happens to a Hamburger? and Bugs Are Insects.

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

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Johnny Lion's Book
(by Edith THatcher Hurd/ illus. by Clement Hurd, HarperCollins $14.94 Score:) Johnny Lion has to stay home while Mama and Papa Lion go hunting, but through the storybook he reads, Johnny has a great imaginary adventure. Not for vegetarians!

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Poppleton in Winter
(by Cynthia Rylant/illus. by Mark Teague, Scholastic $15.95 Score:) Three winter tales about an endearing pig and his friends: Poppleton finds a creative way to use his beautiful icicles; makes a sculpture of his friend Cherry Sue; can't find a friend to go sleigh riding.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Captain and Matey Set Sail
(by Daniel Laurence/illus. by Claudio Munoz, $14.95 Score:) Get on board with the Captain and his argumentative First Mate as they debate a proper name for their parrot and how to sing, rescue a pirate at sea, and spend their treasure. An amusing tale that is wonderfully crafted for beginners

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Break at the Bug Lab
(by Ruth Horowitz/ illus. by Joan Holub, Dial $13.99 Score:) Max, a hissing cockroach, escapes from Mom's lab on the night of the big party. How will the boys trap Max before the TV cameras and crowds arrive to dedicate the Ruby L. Gold Center? A lady who calls herself One-Shot Lil knows the answer! An engaging story

Age: . Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Wow, It's Worm and The Rosa Stories
(by Kathy Caple, Candlewick $4.99 Score:) Choose either set of four slim books, each a complete and amusing little story told with one sentence to a page and helpful picture cues. Just one or two words change as the story unfolds. Also recommended in the Brand New Readers, Monkey Trouble, Tabby Cat, and Winnie books.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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