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1995 Awards
Babys First Blocks
(Fisher-Price $12.99 Score:)

Technically this is a shape-sorter, but the 10 blocks will be used to fill, spill and throw long before the baby can fit them into the three-place shape-sorter lid of the container. Put the lid away for now. A no gimmick classic that is neither complicated nor expensive. We much preferred this toy when it only had three shapes (circle, square and triangle)--the addition of the other shapes and more openings makes this less elegant and user friendly...but still a good basic toy.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 1995. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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1997 Awards
Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born
(by Jamie Lee Curtis/illus. by Laura Cornell, HarperCollins $14.95 Score:) A bright and moving sequel to the award-winning When I Was Little, here's a book told from the child's point of view, that speaks clearly about adoption, and captures the childlike desire to have the story of one's birth retold, retold and retold. 4-8

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1997.

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1994 Awards
How You Were Born
( by Joanna Cole/photos by Margaret Miller, William Morrow $14.95 Score:) In clear, straightforward prose, Cole explains how babies are born. Photos include several babies in the uterus and being born. In addition to the text for children there is an excellent section for adults on dealing with children's questions and concerns. Also recommended: My Puppy is Born.4-8

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1994.

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1995 Awards
Egg!
(by A.J. Wood/illus. by Stella Stilwell, Little Brown $12.95 Score:) A dozen different eggs are opened on fold-out pages to reveal 12 very different creatures that hatch from eggs. Multiple pictures in small frames add still more information to the engaging text. An excellent science/concept book. 5-8

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 1995.

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1994 Awards
Annie and the Old One
(by Miska Miles/illus. by Peter Parnell, Little Brown $13.95 Score:) Annie watches as her grandmother weaves a Navaho rug. Grandmother, the Old One, tries to prepare Annie for the inevitable -that when the weaving is done she will die. So Annie gets up each night to pull out the treads and keep her grandmother alive. A moving story with universal appeal. 6-8.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 1994.

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Jolly Pocket Postman
(by Janet and Allan Ahlberg, Little Brown $19.95 Score:) Oops! The well-loved Jolly Postman falls down a rabbit hole, shrinks from a drink and goes on a lively jumbled literary adventure with a cast that includes Alice in Wonderland and Dorothy of OZ. There are pockets with amusing notes and a magnifier for reading secret messages. For book lovers. 5-10

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: .

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1994 Awards
The Empty Pot
(by Demi, Holt $15.95 Score:) The emperor is ready to find his successor. All the children in the kingdom are challenged to grow a special plant. Only one child returns with an empty pot. A tale about honesty and the courage that it takes! 5-9

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 1994.

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Amazing Grace
(by Mary Hoffman/ illus. by Caroline Binch, Dial $14 Score:) When her teacher announces the class play will be Peter Pan, Grace wants to be the star. A classmate insists Grace can't get the part because she's a girl and she's black. Thanks to her Gram and Mom, Grace goes for it! 5-8

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: .

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1996 Awards
Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin
(by Lloyd Moss/illus. by Marjorie Priceman, Simon & Schuster $14.95 Score:) With witty verse and playful illustrations, this is a lyrical introduction to musical instruments and musical groups. From solo to chamber orchestra, this is also a noteworthy counting book. 5-9.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1996.

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1994 Awards
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
(by William Steig, Farrar Straus $12.95 Score:) Young Sylvester finds a magic pebble that grants him one wish too many. It is his devoted parents who free Sylvester form the magic. A not-to-be missed Caldecott Award-winning classic that speaks about love and interdependence and being careful about what you wish for-since they might come true. 6 and up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 1994.

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