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Pete and Polo's Farmyard Adventure
(by Adrian Reynolds, Orchard $16.95 Score:) This set out to be a little counting mystery for young children. Pete is looking for the ten missing ducklings on the farm. The problem for the reader is that you can not see all the ducklings that are being counted in the text. There are pages where the text counts ducklings that are not illustrated making it particularly frustrating for beginning counters. For children that are just starting to learn how to count to ten, the relationship between the text and objects being counted need to be literal. The illustrations are charming and would have otherwise been an enjoyable little counting mystery book.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2002.

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No More Kissing
(by Emma Chichester Clark, Random House $15.95 Score:) Momo the monkey wants to know why there is so much kissing! He observes that other families of animals also do too much kissing and finally announces that no one should kiss him. When the new baby arrives he finds that his own no-kissing rule is very hard to follow. Preschoolers that feel overwhelmed by kissing relatives will recognize themselves in this book.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2002.

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Wooden Alphabet & Math Blocks with Braille
( $30 Score:) SNAP INFO: These Uncle Goose wooden blocks look like classic alphabet blocks, but with one wonderful difference! Two faces of each cube have a letter impression and raised Braille cell for that letter. Also top rated, a Braille math set ($17) includes zero through 9, and plus and minus signs. (888) 774-2046.

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

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Touch N Play Lotto
(Guidecraft $32 Score:) SNAP INFO: Four wooden playing boards and matching Lotto pieces have raised textured shapes for sensory feedback through the fingertips. This is an excellent choice for children with visual disabilities. (800) 544-6526.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2000.

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This First Thanksgiving Day
(by Laura Krauss Melmed/illus. by Mark Buehner, HarperCollins $15.95 Score:) A counting book that alternates between Pilgrim children and Native Americans getting ready for winter. Told in verse with easy-to-count children, this culminates with a crowd scene you would expect to find at twelve tables for the first Thanksgiving. Looks more like a Hallmark card than a Pilgrim's progress—but it's on the mark for 4 & up.

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

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How About a Hug?
(by Nancy Carlson, Viking $15.99 Score:) From going off to school, losing a soccer game, scraping a knee, and so many other situations—there's just one good solution—a hug. You might call this a hug for all reasons. 4–7.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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Draw Your Own Cartoons
(by Don Mayne, Williamson $7.95 Score:) Cartoonist Don Mayne gets aspiring artists on their way to their own creations with some basic steps that take the mystery out of drawing by having kids start with simple shapes. Unlike many books that go too fast too quickly, this one is just right in pace. 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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Ed Emberly's Fingerprint Drawing Book
(by Ed Emberley, Little Brown $6.95 Score:) Forget the rubber stampers—use your fingers, an inkpad, colored pencils, and Emberley's playful step-by-step lead to create a world of birds, bees, and chugging choo-choos. It's one way to get kids to look at details and work in a sequential way. This newest edition suggests using a greater variety of washable ink pads and paints with a brighter palette than those in his earlier books. 6 & up.

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

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The Fabulous Book of Paper Dolls
(by Julie Collings, Klutz $16.95 Score:) If you're looking for a great take-along activity book, look no further! This updated Paper Doll book includes a multicultural cast of dolls and thirteen pages of clothes and accessories that attach with tape "dots". (Your child may need help getting the hang of using the tape.) There are also 6 illustrated play settings that allow kids to spin their own stories with their paper dolls.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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The Stray Dog
(by Marc Simont, HarperCollins $15.95 Score:) A family discovers a stray dog while picnicking in a park. Fearing that he belongs to someone, they leave him, but think of him daily. A week later they return and not only find Willy and the dogcatcher chasing him. And the rest, as they say, is history!

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

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