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2003 Award
Where's the Big Bad Wolf?
(by Eileen Christelow, Clarion $15 Score:) Detective Doggedley is on the trail of a strange looking sheep named Esmeralda who just happens to be hanging around every time the three little pigs' houses get huffed and puffed. A fun-filled fractured folktale. .

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
The Village That Vanished
(by Ann Grifalconi/illus. by Kadir Nelson, Dial $16.99 Score:) Slavers are coming to capture the villagers of Yao. Abikamile's mother prays to the ancestors to save them. But it is an old woman in the village and Abikamile, a girl, who have the courage to save the tribe. Handsome illustrations match a powerful story.

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

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2003 Award
The Princesses Have a Ball
(by Theresa Bateman/illus. by Lynne Cravath, Albert Whitman $16 Score:) Here's a retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses. But these young ladies are not dreaming of your typical ball. These ladies see hoops when they think of courts and balls! Told in sometimes uneven rhyme, it is a funny update for our time.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Please, Malese!
(by Amy MacDonald/illus. by Emily Lisker, Farrar Straus $16 Score:) Based on a trickster tale from Haiti, this is a cleverly crrafted story about a fellow who manages to outsmart his neighbors. But when they try to punish him he manages to trick them again. Great good fun!

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
The Nightingale
(retold and illus. by Jerry Pinkney, Penguin $16.99 Score:) Instead of the usual Chinese setting, Jerry Pinkney transports this classic tale to Morocco with lush and beautiful watercolors.Instead of an Emperor, there is a King and the people of his court have different titles, as well. Pinkney's beautiful retelling has a musical quality that matches the rich and delicately detailed illustrations of the people, architecture and animals of Northwest Africa.6-10. Equally special and a 2003 Platinum Award winner, The Nightingale (retold by Stephen Mitchell/illus. by Bagram Ibatoulline, Candlewick $17.99 ) A retelling of a timeless tale by Hans Christian Andersen about an Emperor who learns almost too late that the novelty of a bejeweled mechanical bird is not as lasting or precious as the song and love of the real nightingale. Illustrated with the artistry of classic Chinese scroll paintings! 610.

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

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2003 Award
New York's Bravest
(by Mary Pope Osborne/illus. by Steve Johnsom & Lou, Knopf $15.95 Score:) You might call this a tall tale that has grown over the years about a real live New York City firefighter named Mose Humphreys. He became a legendary giant eight feet tall and able to swim the Hudson in two strokes. Though Mose was from the 1840's, we know from recent events that his spirit is no tall tale, but the inspiration to those who have followed him. Splendid!

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
The Brave Little Seamstress
(by Mary Pope Osborne/illus. by Giselle Potter, Atheneum $16 Score:) Based on the classic Brave Little Tailor, this delightful version features a feisty little seamstress who outsmarts giants, a unicorn, a wild boar, and even the king and his 99 men! Happily ever after is refreshingly turned around as the gutsy heroine chooses her mate. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
All the Way to Lhasa
(by Barbara Helen Berger, Philomel $15.99 Score:) A boy on a horse gallops on his way to Lhasa. But a wise women on the road says he will not get there before night. Soon another boy comes along taking one step after another. Who will get there first? Exquisite paintings match the beauty of this inspiring Tibetan folktale. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Adelita, A Mexican Cinderella
(by Tomie dePaola, Putnam $16.99 Score:) No glass slipper in this Cinderella story, but rather a gaily embroidered shawl provides the link to Adelita's past, present, and happily-ever-after future. Happily, she has a more active role in her fate than in the traditional telling. Muy hermosa! 6 & up

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
The Lucky Sovereign
(by Stewart Lees, Charlesbridge $15.95 Score:) Sam and his widowed father set out for Jamestown in 1616 with money saved to buy land plus one gold sovereign that an old friend gives Sam for good luck. When a thief aboard the ship tries to rob them, Sam is able to prove that the gold is his. A good story with a nod to John Rolfe, who married Pocahontas. 59.

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

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