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2003 Awards
Froggy Goes to the Doctor
(by Jonathan London/illus. by Frank Remkiewicz, Viking $15.99 Score:) Going to the doctor is not a laughing matter, unless you go along with Froggy! Silly Froggy forgets to wear underpants or brush his teeth. Like some of the earlier books in this series, this has pace and laugh-out-loud fun! 37.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Awards
Don't You Feel Well, Sam?
(by Amy Hest/illus. by Anita Jeram, Candlewick $15.99 Score:) There's something so soothing about the pace and loving tone of this little story about a cold night on Plum Street when Sam's cough needs some syrup that Sam doesn't want to take. What preschooler has not been in such a predicament? Charming. 25.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
The Sea Chest
(by Toni Buzzeo/illus. by Mary Grandpre, $16.99 Score:) Waiting for the arrival of an adopted child, a great aunt tells the story of her life as an only child on a lighthouse island. After a stormy night when a ship goes down, the girl and her father find a bundle washed to shore. Inside the bundle they find a leather chest and inside the chest is a baby who becomes the girl's dear adopted sister. Based on a legend, this is a hauntingly lovely story! 58.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Shirley's Wonderful Baby
(by Valiska Gregory/illus. by Bruce Degen, HarperCollins $14.99 Score:) Everything that Shirley's new baby does is "wonderful," according to everyone but Shirley. It's not until Ms. Mump, the babysitter, comes that Shirley begins to see Stanley from a different point of view. 37.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Penguin Post
(by Debi Gliori, Harcourt $16 Score:) Milo Penguin is about to become a big brother. When Dad asks him to sit on the unhatched egg, Milo prefers to deliver the mail. After making all the appointed stops, Milo and his dad have a huge surprise regarding the last package in the mail pouch! This is pure fantasy so we allowed for a moose, which belongs in the North Pole, to be down under, along with some cats and a talking star. 47.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
When I Feel Sad
(by Cornelia M. Spelman/illus. by Kathy Parkinson, Albert Whitman $14.95 Score:) Children sometimes feel they are the only ones in the world who feel as they do. This book is about the common things that make us sad, and can help children understand that others share their feelings, and that even sad feelings don't stay forever. 36.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Portly McSwine
(Portly McSwine, Houghton Mifflin $15 Score:) A reissued gem about a worrier. Poor Portly the pig is planning a party for National Snout Day, but worries about every detail until at last the big night arrives. It's such a success that good old Portly has to start worrying about next year's party matching it! 48.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
I'm Gonna Like Me
(by Jamie Lee Curtis/illus. by Laura Cornell, HarperCollins $15.99 Score:) Liking oneself in large and small ways is the point of this upbeat book, subtitled Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem. Using alternating images of a girl and boy, this is a celebration of selfhood with its fears, flaws, and all. If only it were that simple! 48.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Bravemole
(by Lynne Jonell, Putnam $15.99 Score:) This is the story of an "ordinary" mole who overcame his own fears to help others. It's not about the mayor or the firemen or the other heros of that terrible day. This celebrates the "everyman/woman/child" of 9/11 and the need to go on with courage. 5-9

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Courage
(by Bernard Waber, Houghton Mifflin $16 Score:) Waber explores all the large and small everyday kinds of acts that can be called courage: doing tricks on skates, riding a two-wheeler, keeping a secret, trying new things, saying good-bye. Most important of all, "courage is what we give each other." A gem! 48. For a more specific 9/11 tale of bravery, consider Bravemole PLATINUM AWARD (by Lynne Jonell, Putnam $15.99 ), the story of the "ordinary" mole who overcame his own fear to help others.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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