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2002 Award
Waiting For Wings
(by Lois Ehlert, Harcourt $17 Score:) Breathtakingly vibrant collages spill over the pages of htis glorious early science book that is told in rhyme. Like the eggs that hatch into caterpillars that spin cacoons and emerge as butterflies, Ehlert's pages grow larger and fuller as the metamorphosis comes about. A beauty! 3-6

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

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2002 Award
Red Are the Apples
(by Marc Harshman and CHeryl Ryan/ illus. by Wade Z, Harcourt $16 Score:) A celebration of the bounty of colors and good things found in a fall garden. Zahares's exuberant palette goes beyond the usual providing something of a stretch for the picture-book set. 3-7. For a charming but strictly apples book, Apple Farmer Annie (by Monica Wellington, Dutton $14.99) 3 & up.

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

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2002 Award
Dot and Jabber and the Great Acorn Mystery
(by Ellen Stoll Walsh, Harcourt $15 Score:) Two mouse detectives figure out how an acorn gets from one end of the meadow to another. In this early science book Walsh blends fact and fancy in text and torn paper collages.

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

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2002 Award
Turtle Splash
(by Cathryn Falwell, Greenwillow $15.95 Score:) Ten turtles fall into the pond one by one as other pond critters come along. A counting backwards book in verse with a little science stirred into the fun. 4 and up.

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

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2002 Award
Kippers A to Z: An Alphabet Adventure
(by Mike Inkpen, Harcourt $16.95 Score:) Kipper and his good friend Arnold go in search for something for each letter of the alphabet. Fans of Kipper will enjoy their adventure and have a playful introduction to the concept of letters. 3 and up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Good Thing Youre Not an Octopus!
(by Julie Markes/ illus. by Maggie Smith, HarperCollins $14.95 Score:) An amusing look at how it would be if, say, you were an octopus and had to put on pants with eight legs. Following one boy through a typical day, Markes makes everyday chores seem quite simple, especially when compared with those of sharks, who would have 200 teeth to brush, or a caterpillar with 16 shoes to tie! 3-7

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

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2002 Award
Dot the Fire Dog
(by Lisa Desimini, Scholastic $15.95 Score:) RRRRing! Dot the Firedog knows what to do when the fire bell rings at the station. More than a visit to the firehouse, Dot goes along and does her part saving a kitten as the firefighters do their jobs. Fresh bold illustrations give this special appeal. 3-7

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

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2001 Awards
The Seals on the Bus
(by Lenny Hort/ illus. by G. Brian Karas, Holt $15.95 Score:) For a noisy animal sing-a-long variation on The Wheels On the Bus, bring home this zippy picture book with a bus load of honking, roaring, and chirping critters. Platinum Award 2001. Also the traditional song in a delightful though very rippable pop-up format, bring home Paul Zelinsky's Wheels On the Bus (Dutton $17.99, BLUE CHIP), but save it for parent-child together times!

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2001.

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2002 Award
Yankees Monopoly Game
(USAopoly $34.95 Score:) Pick from Yankees, Mets, Red Sox and Dodgers editions. These are variations on the classic game that features your favorite major league team so instead of Park Place, you have Derek Jeter! 8 & up. (We found that sport fans of all ages like the novelty of this monopoly version.) This company also makes top-rated Deep Sea Adventure and Dig 'n Dinos Monopoly Jr. for younger players. ($20 each). 5 & up.

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

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2002 Award
Cranium Cadoo for Kids
(Cranium $19.99 Score:) One of the best family games we've tested this year! In order to win places on the play board, players must draw, act out, use clay, and retrieve objects from around the house. Calls for a fun use of reading skills! 7 & up. RECALL NOTICE: According to the CPSC, surface paint on the die included in Cadoo games with lot numbers 2007195 through 2007244 contain levels of lead in violation of the federal limit of 600 ppm. Recalled items were sold at Fred Meyer, Kmart, Shopko, Wal-Mart and speciality stores nationwide between October 2007 and January 2008. The seven digit lot number can be found under the plastic tray on the bottom half of the game's box.

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

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