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2002 Award
The Journey
(by Sarah Stewart/illus. by David Small, Farrar Straus $16 Score:) Diary entries follow the adventure of Hannah, an Amish girl who calls herself "the luckiest girl on this good earth." She leaves home and chores behind, and journeys with her mother to Chicago for the first time. Each new sight Hannah enjoys is compared to home and while the city is thrilling, it's Hannah's inner joys in her simpler life that resonate.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Blue's Clues: Playtime with Periwinkle
(Paramount, Paramount $12.95 Score:) Preschoolers love being in the know by finding Blue's clues before Steve, the host, finds them. New for 2002, Playtime with Periwinkle centers on Steve and Blue's new feline friend from the city. Pretty straightforward format. Still top rated, Blue's Safari, which centers on identifying animals and looks at how adult animals care for their babies; Blue's Clues Rhythm and Blue, Platinum Award '00; and Blue's Clues Story Time, Platinum Award '99 *****. Thumbs down for Blue's Big Treasure Hunt, ABC's, and 123's, which take a wrong-headed turn in the road (*). This is not the audience for reading or spelling lessons! Closed-captioned.

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

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2002 Award
Old Mother Hubbard
(by Jane Cabrera, Holiday House $15.95 Score:) Ever wonder what her dog did while Old Mother Hubbard went shopping? Here's a totally playful and zippy version with bright, lighthearted illustrations that add humor and story to the rhymes!

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
A Bus of Our Own
(by Freddi W. Evans/illus. by Shawn Costello, Albert Whitman $15.95 Score:) Getting to school five miles down the road takes some doing-especially without a bus. Based on a true story, this tells how a community of African American families joined together in the early fifties to give their kids a bus.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
With Love, Little Red Hen
(by Alma Flor Ada/illus. by Leslie Tryon, Atheneum $16 Score:) Little Red has moved into a new house and it seems some of her neighbors are not very helpful; indeed some are into fowl play! But through a series of letters between kind neighbors such as Goldi; Red Ridinghood, Peter Rabbit andothers, Red Hen's garden thrives!

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Riding the Tiger
(by Eve Bunting/illus. by David Frampton, Clarion $16 Score:) Danny dares to ride on the back of a tiger, but soon discovers that he cannot control the tiger! A powerful but dark book that uses the metaphor of a tiger that takes over in much the same way as drugs or peer pressure. A story worth sharing and talking about with preteens.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
The Great Pig Search
(by Eileen Christelow, Clarion $15 Score:) When Bert's pigs escape he is surprised to receive a postcard from Florida that says, "Oink!" Bert and his wife Ethel head south, where Bert is determined to find his runaways. Too bad Bert needs glasses! A fun story in which kids enjoy sighting swine the hero never sees!

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

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2002 Award
Mim's Christmas Jam
(by Andrea Davis Pinkney/illus. by Brian Pinkney, Harcourt $16 Score:) It's 1915 and Pap is up in New York City, building something called the subway. His bosses, nicknamed Mean and Evil, don't care one whit about holiday cheer until Pap offers them a taste of Mom's Belly-Hum Jam. A deliciously satisfying holiday tale.

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

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Rivka's First Thanksgiving
(by Elsa O. Rael/illus. by Maryann Kovalski, Simon & Schuster $16 Score:) In New York in 1910, young Rivka tries to convince her mama, grandmother, and eventually the rabbi that Thanksgiving is a holiday for all Americans-especially Jewish immigrants who, like the Pilgrims, came to America to escape religious persecution.

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2002 Award
Tricky Pix
(Klutz $17.95 Score:) A 35mm camera comes with a book that's loaded with all kinds of trick photography know-how inside. Use your pet dog to make Wegmanesque photos; play around with perspective and optical illusions. An exciting choice for getting kids involved with reading, doing, and creative thinking!

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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