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2002 Award
Fat Chance Thanksgiving
(by Patricia Lakin/illus. by Stacey Schuett, Albert Whitman $15.99 Score:) Carla's mom considers it a "fat chance" that they will celebrate much of a Thanksgiving after they lose their apartment to a fire. But when they move to a new apartment, Carla is both inspired and determined by the story of the Pilgrims to celebrate.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Nursery Crimes
(by Arthur Geisert, Houghton Mifflin $16 Score:) Jambo and Marva and their family of pigs run a small tree nursery where they specialize in turkey topiaries and pumpkins. But one autumn the turkey trees keep vanishing! A small mystery with marvelous seasonal art and a happy ending.

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

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2002 Award
Goodbye Mousie
(by Robie Harris/illus. by Jan Ormerod, Simon & Schuster $15 Score:) When his pet mouse dies, a small boy recounts how angry and said he felt. Both text and illustrations zoom in on the emotions and childlike ways the family say good-bye as they bury an old pet.

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

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2002 Award
The Hickory Chair
(by Lisa Rowe Frastino/illus. by Benny Andrews, Scholastic $15.95 Score:) Louis knows he is Gran's favorite grandchild-she told him so. So when Gran dies, Louis is extremely disappointed that he seems to be the only member of the family to whom she has not left a note and a memento. Years later, when his own grandchild sits in Gran's hickory rocker, she finds a note that has been hidden for ages.

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

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2002 Award
Betty Doll
(by Patriia Polacco, Philomel $16.99 Score:) Be prepared to be reduced to tears by this charming story spun by a master! It begins when the author unpacks her mother's things and finds a letter with a small doll that her mother had made a s a child. Through that Betty doll we see the highs and lows of a lifetime and find a warm message about the endurance of love and remembrance between generations. Memorable!

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

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2002 Award
Farm Flu
(by Teresa Bateman/illus. by Nadine Bernard Westcot, Albert Whitman $15.95 Score:) Mom is away when the flu grips one animal after the next. Lucky for them that her well-trained son knows just how to serve up the tea, tissues, and tummy rubs. Even kids with a touch of flu will giggle at the absurdity of it all-especially the cure for malingerers who never get too much of a good thing.

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

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2002 Award
My Best Friend Moved Away
(by Nancy Carlson, Viking $15.99 Score:) Kids who have recently lost a good friend may find this upbeat book a bit glib. Finding a new best friend is seldom as quickly solved as in the 32-page wonder. Yet the optimistic message here may alleviate the sadness most kids suffer when they are faced with this kind of separation.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Two Homes
(by Claire Masure/illus. by Kady M. Denton, Candlewick $14.99 Score:) Alex has different things as Mommy's and Daddy's. But the one thing that is the same in both places is the love that continues between parents and child. A reassuring book for young listeners. 2 & up. For older preschoolers, A New Room for William (by Sally Grindle/illus. by Carol Thompson, Candlewick $15.99) Moving is tough, but moving because of a divorce is a double whammy!

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Franklin's Reading Adventures
(USA Home Entertainment, USA Home Entertainment $12.95 Score:) There are two solid stories on this video. "Franklin Loses a Book" is a lot like an old-fashioned picture book with Franklin going from one animal to another trying to find a copy of his little sister's favorite storybook. "Reading Club" features Franklin and his friend Bear trying to rush through 30 books in order to win a prize. Still top rated, Franklin's Blanket (****).

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2002.

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Barney's Musical Castle
(Lyons Group, Lyons Group $14.95 Score:) If your child has ever been to or dreamed of going to a Barney show, Barney's Musical Castle will be the next best thing. We have to be honest, we had to mute part of it. Seventy minutes is just too much Barney, if you are over (or under) 3! Still recommended, Sing & Dance with Barney. Depending on where you stand, this 56-minute reunion tape featuring 27 Barney hits will be either a preschooler's dream come true or your 9-year-old's worst nightmare. In Barney Goes to the Zoo (**), it takes forever to see any animals and the music at the start of the tape is not up to Barney's usual standards. Sorry, this Zoo video is forgettable. (800) 791-8093

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2002.

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