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2002 Award
When the Root Children Wake Up
(retold by Audrey Wood/illus. by Ned Bittinger, Scholastic $16.95 Score:) Based on a book written a century ago, here is an imaginative celebration of the seasons. Awakened by Mother Nature, the Root Children go out into the world after their long winter's nap to greet Aunt Spring and brighten the world with their blossoms and bugs. Soon they wake Cousin Summer. Eventually Uncle Fall does his thing and they return to their underground home and Mother Nature who tucks them. Lyrical oil paintings capture an enchanting world.

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

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2002 Awards
Fiddle-I-Fee Boardbook
(by Melissa Sweet, Little Brown $5.95 Score:) A classic cumulative song that introduces animals and their sounds in a song that toddlers will enjoy chiming in on and preschoolers will use to stretch their memory. It's even fun to add more critters to Melissa Sweet's barnyard crowd. Printed in sturdy boardbook format this will be enjoyed by toddlers and preschoolers in the lap or "reading" independently. This is a younger and simpler version )than the Will Hildenbrand version from Harcourt.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Usborne Science Encyclopedia
(by Kirsteen Rogers, et al, Usborne $39.95 Score:) Science minded readers will lve browsing through this hefty one volume encyclopedia with plenty of illustrations to accompany the big ideas presented under sections on energy, plants, animals, earth nd space, the human body, materials, chemistry, light, sound and electricity. Each section includes internet connections that relate to the topics introduced. A great gift for 8's & up.

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

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2002 Award
Fiddle-I-Fee
(by Will Hillenbrand, Harcourt $16 Score:) "I had a cat and my cat pleased me. I fed my cat under yonder tree..." Here's a familiar folksong with a cumulative cast of critters that each make their own unique sounds. This is good sing-along fun that stretches the memory as well as the lyrics as you sing each verse. This version ends with a farmer and his wife who add one more voice to the celebration. For a younger, simpler boardbook version see Melissa Sweet's adaptation from Little Brown.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Arithme-tickle
(by J. Patrick/ illus. Frank Remkiewicz, Harcourt $16 Score:) Kids who are nuts about math will relish the word problems in this playful, but challenging book. For the non-math student this may put a funny spin on word problems, but go easy. Some students will see this as no better than a dreaded workbook.

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

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2002 Award
I Spy Year-Round Challenger
(by Jean Marzollo/ illus by Walter Wick, Scholastic Inc. $13.95 Score:) Here's the tenth anniversary edition from the best-selling I Spy series. A compilation of Wick's previously pubished photos are accompanied by clever new riddles by Marzollo. There's a spread for each month of the year with objects to find hidden on every page. As always, these are great fun and encourage children to use the clues and their visual detective skills to solve the riddles. 5 & up

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Squeak's Good Idea
(by Max Eilenberg/ illus by Patrick Benson, Candlewick $14.99 Score:) Squeak, a small elephant thinks he wants to go outside, but his mother, father and brother do not want to join him. Nevertheless, Squeak gets dressed for every eventuality and packs a picnic as well. All the layers of clothes end up not being needed. However, the picnic turns out to be a good idea for all. This is an old-fashioned picture book with a pace and childlike simplicity that toddlers and young prescholers find so satisfying. Benson's handsome illustrations provide plenty of details to talk about and tell the story well enough so that young children can "re-read" the little adventure to themselves or others. 2-4.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Quack!
(by Arthur Yorinks/illus. by Adrienne Yorinks, Winslow Press $16 Score:) Kids and parents will "quack-up" as they share this almost wordless adventure of a little duck who takes off for the moon and misses his many friends below. Written in "quack" here's an imaginative book that not only invites hamming it up, it allows kids to "read" the pictures and tell the story to themselves or in their own words. Illustrated with charming fabric quilts, this is going to be a blast for storytellers who are able to emote in the language of Quack as they go to the moon and back. 2-5.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Iris and Walter and Baby Rose
(by Elissa Haden Guest/ illus. by Christine Davenie, Harcourt $14 Score:) More honest than most new baby books, this easy-to-read story opens with the news that Iris is about to become a big sister. But when the new baby arrives, Iris is less than thrilled with the reality of baby's demanding fussing. Thanks to Grandpa and time, all's well that ends well.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
That Summer
(by Tony Johnston/ illus. by Barry Moser, Harcourt $16 Score:) We see many books about death, bu few like this uusual picturebook that deals with the sorrow of losing a sibling. Moser's illustrations set just the right tone to this somber story of a brother with cancer who will not survive the summer. A lyrical and very special book to share with those who are dealing with such a heart wrenching loss.

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

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