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2003 Award
Like a Windy Day
(by Frank Asch & Devin Asch, Harcourt $15 Score:) Think of all the things you could do if you were the wind. Here's a soaring young science book that introduces the concept of wind power. It takes an abstract and invisible force and makes it into an imaginative picture book. 4-7

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

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2003 Award
Hello, Hello
(by Miriam Schlein/illus. by Daniel Kirk, Simon & Schuster $16.95 Score:) How do animals greet each other? This is not another moo-moo, quack-quack animal sound book. It's a young science book that is clear and fascinating, introducing children to the different ways that lions, zebras, elephants, and other wild animals behave when they rub heads, touch trunks, wave tails, or grab each other's jaws. 3–6.

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

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2003 Award
Witness
(by Karen Hesse, Scholastic $16.95 Score:) When you think of the Ku Klux Klan, you probably think about southern communities. But the bigotry of the Klan knew no borders. Set in 1924, in a small town of Vermont, Witness is told in the voices of the many people who are caught in the web of hatred that threatens their livelihood and well being. A novel that could be read as story theatre, Hess has crafted a cast of memorable witnesses , adults, as well as a twelve-year-old African American girl and a six-year-old Jewish child. Their many stories, told in distinctive voices, reflect how individuals in a community deal with their anger, fear; courage, and innocence in the face of those blinded by racist strife. 9-12.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Awards
Earlyears Sweet Baby Blocks
(International Playthings $13 Score:) Six soft, squeezable vinyl blocks, easy to grasp, with a colorful single image on each face of the cubes. Fun for stacking, knocking down, and tossing. These have been updated with new graphics on every side of the cubes. They have added graphic patterns that can also be matched by older children. These are a bit large for little hands to grasps easily, but the raised edge may help. Fun for stacking and knocking down. Images are a bit cartoonish so may be harder for kids to identify than more realistic images would be. Also, the Earlyears Soft Busy Blocks ($10) are soft stackable blocks which have soft sides and corded piping. Colorful graphics and patterns and quiet sounds make these good floor toys for beginners. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Awards
Earlyears Soft Busy Blocks
(International Playthings $15 Score:) Four soft stackable blocks have soft sides and corded piping that makes them easy for baby to grasp. Colorful graphics and patterns and quiet sounds make these good floor toys for beginners. Also, Earlyears Sweet Baby Blocks ($13 ). Six soft, squeezable vinyl blocks, easy to grasp, with a colorful single image on each face of the cubes. Fun for stacking, knocking down, and tossing. SNAP:These have been scaled down in size and are easier to grab than the originals. The set of four fabric blocks has interesting texture and patterns and a quiet sound in each block. Activity: Sit on the floor and put one or more blocks on your head or shoulder and encourage your tot to knock 'em off! (800) 445-8347. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Hello, Arctic!
(by Theodore Taylor/illus. by Margaret Chodos-Irvin, Harcourt $16 Score:) With very few words and impressionistic art, the cycle of the Arctic year is seen as summer is welcomed. Full of the wonder of hellos to the returning creatures and flowers until winter returns and forces good-byes to summer.

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

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2003 Award
Twelve Hats for Lena
(by Karen Katz, Simon & Schuster $16.95 Score:) Suppose you could make a hat for each month of the year. What would you put on them to reflect the season or important holiday? Done in charming collage with gouache and colored pencils, this is a book that should inspire young artists as well as introduce them to the names of the months of the year.

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

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2003 Award
Ten Red Apples: A Bartholomew Bear Counting Book
(by Virginia Miller, Candlewick $13.95 Score:) With each turn of the page, Bartholomew plays under and in a beautiful old apple tree as a small story unfolds. Best of all, the apples on the tree turn red one at a time so there is something new to count at every turn. A concept book that's on the mark for 2–5.

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

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2003 Award
Sing a Song Of Piglets
(by Eve Bunting/illus. by Emily Arnold McCully, Clarion $16 Score:) A charming calendar written in verse and illustrated with adorable pigs doing seasonal activities. A pretty book to introduce the months of the year.

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

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2003 Award
One Rainy Day
(by Valeri Gorbachev, Philomel $15.99 Score:) A charmingly patterned counting book in which Pig recounts (sorry) to his friend Goat why he got all wet during a rainy day in the forest. He runs into two porcupines, three buffaloes, four leopards, and five lions… you get the idea.

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

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