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Cleo the Cat
(by Caroline Mockford, Barefoot Books $6.99 Score:) A very old-fashioned story with an up-to-date look, about little cat who finds a new home and a child to love her. 18 months and up.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: .

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2002 Award
Playtime Rhymes For Little People
(by Clare Beaton, Barefoot Books $18.99 Score:) Using fabric and trims, Beaton once again composes delightful illustrations to accompany a treasure trove of rhymes to play. Simple directions accompany familiar rhymes. Also top rated: Mother Goose Remembers($16.99) with glorious fabric illustrations.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2002.

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On the Day You Were Born
(by Debra Fraiser, Harcourt $9.95 Score:) Using art and some of the language from her poetic book, by the same title, Fraisier has created photo album with eight slots that you can use to slip baby's photos into. Add few lines to the text and you have created unique book that is sure to become a family treasure.

Age: Infants,Toddlers. Award Year: .

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My Mother Goose Library
(edited by Iona Opie/ illus. by Rosemary Wells, Candlewick $40 Score:) Both Platinum Award volumes come in a handsome gift set or in small board books for tots to enjoy($8 each) with the same delicious art. New for 2002, a Mother Goose Photo Album($22) for baby's pictures interspersed between the rhymes. Or look for new book/photo album with the classic Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney/Anita Jeram. These make charming gifts!

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: .

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2002 Award
Lamaze Peekaboo Zoo
(by Susan Hood/ illus. by Simone Abel bel, RC2 Learning Curve $9.99 Score:) A truly sturdy lift the flap book with rounded edges and easy to recognize zoo surprises under the liftable flaps. Right on the mark! Also top rated: Discovery Farm($12.99) done in fabric with baby animals done in different textures. 6 months and up.

Age: Infants,Toddlers. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Barnyard Banter
(by Denise Fleming, Holt $6.95 Score:) A board-book edition of a favorite animal sound book with a subplot-there is a goose to discover on every spread. Fleming's text skips trippingly on the tongue! 1 and up.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Big and Little
(by Melanie Walsh, Candlewick $4.99 Score:) Lift the flaps to discover a series of opposites. An early concept book for toddlers. 1 and up.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Bathtime, Maisy! and Bedime, Maisy!
(by Lucy Cousins, Candlewick $6.99 Score:) Two charming wordless cloth books that show Maisy going through her bath time and bedtime rituals. Also top rated, Maisy Plays and Maisy Drives($4.99) and Maisy's Favorite Clothes($3.99) both chunky board books with few words. 6 months and up.

Age: Infants,Toddlers. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Dino Dodg'em
(Binary Arts $9.99 Score:) Two teams of dinos are racing to get off the playing board first, but watch out for blocking dino moves. The firs team to get all dinos off the board wins. A relatively easy brainteaser game that comes in a compact carrying case. 8 and up. Much more challenging for 10s and up, Elephant Spin Out ($8.99) where the object is to line up elephant pieces and move them off the board.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Awards
Fabulous Book of Paper Dolls
(Klutz $16.95 Score:) Here are six multi-ethnic paper dolls with stands and dozens of push-out outfits that attach with re-usable double-sided stickers. No cutting or tabs to break off. But this still develops dexterity as well as imagination and story telling. The book includes several settings for playing out little dramas as well as clever storage for clothes that have been used. This is a good choice for travel or quiet times when kids need to be occupied. You may need to demonstrate how the stickers work. 5 and up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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