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2002 Award
Maisy Makes Lemonade
(by Lucy Cousins, Candlewick $9.99 Score:) It's a hot day and everyone is thirsty. But Eddie,the elephant has a giant thirst. He drinks up all of Maisy's lemonade. Not to worry! Maisy that resourceful mouse makes another pitcher full. Oh, oh! Guess what happens next? A funny little story that will taste better if you and your little listener stir up a batch of your own lemonade!

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Hisss
(Gamewright $10 Score:)

This game is fun, fast-paced, interactive and helps reinforce color concepts. Comes with 50 snake tiles that are part of the snake (head, tail, body section). The object is to build and collect the most snakes for your snake pit. Players take turns drawing cards and matching colors to the snakes under construction on the desk. The cards are made of sturdy stock and the graphics are colorful and not scary! As the instructions indicate you did need a large playing surface for this game which we believe would be most enjoyed by 4-7s.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2002. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2002 Award
Song of Night
(by Katherine R. Nakamura/ illus. by Linnea Riley, $15.95 Score:) If you need a new and soothing bedtime book, this beautifully illustrated book with animal babies are all geting ready for bed, taking tubs,brushing teeth, listening to storybooks. There's a little ladybug to be found on many pages and other small details that children will enjoy studying before lights out. 3 & up

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2002.

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Sometimes I'm Bombaloo
(by Rachel Vail/ illus. by Yumi Heo, Scholastic $15.95 Score:) You need to read this to yourself before you read it out loud. We think it might be a useful book for talking about angry feelings. In seeing that others have such feelings, children may find comfort as well as ways of handling those feelings. When five year old Kate loses her cool she sometimes uses "feet and fists" instead of words...but then she's sorry. This may not solve such problems but it opens the door to talking about them and even seeing some of the humor of Katie's behavior. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: .

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2002 Award
Fix-It Duck
(by Jez Alborough, HarperCollins $15.95 Score:) Oh, oh! There's something dripping - a leak in the roof? Never fear! This is a job for FIX-IT DUCK! Children will enjoy feeling oh so much smarter than that fowled up duck who truly can fix nothing....but gives everyone a laugh in trying. Not content with repairing his own home, duck takes to the road and ends up fowling up a lot of other homes,too. This fun read aloud has plenty of repetition and opportunities to chime in with the refrain. However, the pictures are a bit misleading. It does seem to be raining throughout- so when Duck's leak turns out to have another source, we felt a bit confused. This will probably not trouble young listeners at all.

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

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2002 Award
Dreamy Ribbon Jewelry
(Creativity for Kids $12 Score:) You'll need to help younger rtists thread the organdy ribbon into the needle and you'll want to keep track of tha needle,too, since it is pretty sharp. That said, this makes an assortment of charming necklaces and bracelets. Kit includes colorful gems and silver beads plus magnetic clasps. We think this will appeal to slightly younger girls than the Bead SHop version which has more serious looking beads and organdy that needs to be cut in a point and stiffened with nail polish. Kids are going to love the finished pieces. This is as the maker says, on the mark (with adult help) for 7s and up.

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

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2002 Award
Dino Riddles
(by Katy Hall & Lisa Eisenberg/ illus. by Nicole Ru, Dial $13.99 Score:) For the mid-beginner who is also a dino-haulic, here is a collection of very corny dinosaur riddles. Oddly enougfh young readers who struggle with little words such as "is" or "the" have no trouble at all with the five dollar variety found in dinosaur books. SO this just might do the trick for a less than avid late first, early second grade reader.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2003 Award
A Present for Mom
(by Vivian French/ illus. by Dana Kubick, Candlewick $13.99 Score:) Stanley, the youngest kitten in the family is having trouble finding the right gift for Mother's Day. His big sisters and brother each have the perfect gift. But after a great deal of worry, clever little Stanley comes up with a giftbox that Mom loves! Totally priceless and charming! 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2003.

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Dot to Dot Markers To Go
(Alex $19 Score:) An updated version of Markers to Go with a new see through red polka dotted vinyl finish. Both boys and girls will enjoy using this container with 50 assorted colorful markers that unfolds like a make-up case with a velcro closure. (Don't let the make-up case reference throw you off- this will appeal to boys as well. It has blue trim and a green handle). There are four zippered compartments that hold 28 fine tip markers, 14 brush tip markers and 8 broad markers. Great for homework assignments and traveling with an young artist. Makes a terrific birthday present.

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

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2002 Awards
Baby's Wind Chimes
(Tiny Love $11 Score:)

Sadly, this product has been discontinued. Here's one of the best new add-ons for the Gymini Play mat. It's a kicking toy with pleasing chimes. Baby activates the sounds by kicking or hitting the three colorful dangling chimes that are suspended on a small arch. This can also be attached to stroller for melodic walking tours. Has an old fashioned and refreshing sound quality in a world full of electronic noises.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2002.

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