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Grandmother's Dreamcatcher
(by Becky R. McCain/illus. by Stacey Schuett, Whitman $15.99 Score:) A modern day Chippewa family story. Kimmy is staying with her grandmother while her parents hunt for a home in Chicago where Dad has a new job. Kimmy's bad dreams prompt her grandma to make a dreamcatcher which turns the tide. There are instructions for how to make a dreamcatcher after you've shared this book.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
The Runaway Rice Cake
(Ying Chang Compestine/ Illus. by Tungwi Chau, Simon & Schuster $16.95 Score:) Following the tradition of the classic Runaway Gingerbread Boy this Chinese New Years story unfolds when the only rice cake a family has jumps out of the pan and runs away. Instead of a big bad wolf tricking the boy, here the Rice cake gets eaten up by a strange old women who is hungry. It's the family's generosity that is rewarded in the end and the Changs share a feast! A recipe for making your own rice cake is included along with some notes about celebrating Chinese New Year.

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

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2002 Award
Oh My Baby, Little One
(by Kathi Appelt/ illus. by Jane Dyer, Whitman $16 Score:) Reassuring in the same way as The Runaway Bunny. But in this case the little one is not trying out his independence by going off without Mama. This is a tale for our time; Mama Bird bids her chick good-bye as she goes off to work and he goes off to daycare. A tender, sentimental love note about separation with a sub-plot that says Mama does come back!

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Tom Goes to Kindergarten
(by Margaret Wild/ illus. by David Legge, Whitman $15.95 Score:) Tom, a panda bear is excited about kindergarten until the big day dawns and he has to say good-bye to his family. Not to worry, teacher says the family can stay. Mama and Papa have such a good time they want to go again the next day, too. But Tom is ready to solo. A separation story that may comfort reluctant kindergarteners.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse
(by Kevin Henkes, - Not Selected - $15 Score:) Lilly loved school and her wonderful teacher, until she learns that following the rules is not always so easy! If you know any kids who are having problems with rules-don't miss this one. It's got humor as well as an underlying message without being preachy.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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Vroom! Vroom!
(by Steve Augarde, Little Brown $13.95 Score:) If you have a race car fanatic this pop up pull the tabs book will be a winner. There's no story to speak of but plenty of action on every page. Wisely marked not for kids under three- this is not likely to stand up to rough riders!

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

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2002 Award
Maisy's Big Flap Book
(by Lucy Cousins, Candlewick $8.99 Score:) Lift all of the 36 flaps in this oversized board book to introduce concepts such as color, opposites, counting, and shapes. As always Cousins gives toddlers exuberant illustrations and colors and best news- the edges on all the flaps and corners of the book are rounded off and safe enough for young page turners.

Age: Infants,Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Mammalabilia
(by Douglas Florian, Harcourt $16 Score:) Florian shines his own special light on each mammal with a playful verse and whimsical illustration. What better way to introduce young readers to poetry! Share these with prereaders, true readers and even reluctant readers of both.

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

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2002 Awards
Voices
(Compiled by Barbara Brenner, National Geographic $16.95 Score:) Brenner has done a thoughtful job in selecting notable works of art and coupled each with a poem by a distinguished writer. A handsome blend of fine art and poetry that compliment each other and deepen the experience of both.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2001 Awards
I Dig Dinosaurs and Egyptian Dig
(Action Products $24.95 Score:) These archeological digs got high ratings even though they are harder to chip away. This is a craft that takes time and patience. In time kids unearth treasures that they can paint and display. These kits come with safety goggles. 7 and up

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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