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2002 Award
Caillou the Explorer
(Warner Brothers, Warner Bros. $12.95 Score:) Welcome to the newest kid on the block! Caillou is older than Maisy, less noisy than Elmo, and paced just right for young viewers. Combining animation with live-action film, this video explores various forms of transportation (trains, boats, and planes) from a small boy's point of view. Unlike many, Caillou is about the "here and now" world of childhood, going places that kids will find entertaining and informative (3-5).

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

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2002 Award
I Dreamed I was a Ballerina
(by Anna Pavlova/illus. by Edgar Degas, Atheneum $18 Score:) Inspired by a performance of Sleeping Beauty, this is a brief girlhood memoir of the famous ballerina accompanied by paintings by Degas. Who knows what future ballerina this may inspire?

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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I Live in Tokyo
(by Mari Takabayashi, Houghton Mifflin $16 Score:) Using the framework of the months of the year, young readers are introduce to important sights of Tokyo, customs and special celebrations that fill the life of Mimiko, a seven-year-old girl.

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

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2002 Award
Shrek
(Dreamworks, Dreamworks $24.99 Score:) Based on William Steig's novel, the folks at Dreamworks have crafted a witty and visually stunning animated tale that has a valuable moral: that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Shrek, an endearing troll (Mike Myers), is sent by evil Lord Farquaad to rescue Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) from the dragon guarded castle. Eddie Murphy plays Shrek's sidekick donkey and provides much of the comic relief. A giant of an animated tale! PG (for some language and crude humor) but would be fine for 5s & up. Available as video or DVD with a novel feature that allows viewers to voice-over parts and become part of the show.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Gandhi
(by Demi, Simon & Schuster $19.95 Score:) Demi's paintings are jewel-like miniature studies that contrast with the life of a giant among men, Mahatma Gandhi. With grace and simplicity, Demi records the events in the life of man who changed the destiny of India and led the way to its independence.

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

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2002 Award
Remember the Ladies: 100 Great American Women
(by Cheryl Harness, HarperCollins $16.95 Score:) With a title taken from a letter from Abigail Adams to her husband, introduces many lesser-known, as well as famous, women who have helped to shape America. Harness's portraits are more impressionistic than photographic, but the information gives young readers some notion of the changes women have brought about in our country's history.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Remember the Titans
(Disney Home Video, Disney $22.98 Score:) A great movie that says some important things about the civil rights movement and the struggles of a newly integrated football team in a small town in the South. It deals with how kids put aside their differences and became a team. It's also about kids who become leaders, not just followers. An outstanding family film starring Denzel Washington.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
How Santa Lost His Job
(by Stephen Krensky/illus. by S.D. Schindler, Simon & Schuster $15 Score:) Muckle, one of Santa's elves, believes that his new high-tech machine, the Deliverator, can do a better job than Santa. Of course, the tale ends in a reassuring message that new isn't always better.

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

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2002 Award
Christmas Magic
(by Michael Garland, Penguin $15.99 Score:) A new boy has moved in next door and he is shy. But, thanks to the magic of a "snow lady" named Katrina, Emily and her new neighbor, Will, are bound to become friends!

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

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2002 Award
Christmas Magic
(by Jan Brett, Penguin $50 Score:) Seven of Brett's well loved picture books are in this giant-sized treasure. The Mitten; The Hat; Wild Christmas Reindeer; Twelve Days of Christmas; Trouble with Trolls; Night Before Christmas and Christmas Trolls are all here in one volume. Visit janbrett.com to download some of her art, too!

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

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