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2002 Award
Turtle Spring
(by Deborah Turney Zagwyn, Tricycle Press $6.95 Score:) Clee's uncle brings her a turtle in the fall. Clee is none too happy about the new baby brother who is staying and her Daddy who is leaving on a job that takes all winter. She's even more unhappy when her turtle seems to disappear all through the long winter with its many kinds of snow. This is a charming young science book about hibernation that also speaks to issues of separation, heartfelt feelings and changes that come with the passing seasons.

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

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Treasure Hunt
( by Allan Ahlberg/ illus. by Gillian Tyler, Candlewick $14.99 Score:) Tilly and her family love playing treasure hunt. They hide her breakfast banana and her special bunny and Tilly loves finding them. At day's end Tilly hides herself and Mom and Dad must find their special treasure. A sweet enough story, but unfortunately, the missing objects are drawn so small or are completely hidden that there are no visual clues for children to pick up on and solve.

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

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2002 Award
Good Night, Sleep Tight, Little Bunnies
(by Dawn Apperley, Scholastic $9.95 Score:) Babies deep in the jungle, up a tree, in a pond, down in the sea are all getting snuggly and saying, "Good night, sleep tight!" Told in simple verse with big clear pictures, and a simple refrain.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Where Is Little Black Kitten?
(by Virginia Miller , Candlewick $8.99 Score:) George tells Bartholomew that it's time for bed. But how can Bartholomew go to bed without his black kitten? This lift the flap book has easy to identify objects hidden under the skirt of a chair, the drapes, a tablecloth and other familiar spots. Of course the kitten turns up in the one place Bartholomew does not want to go. A predictable but satisfying book for toddlers.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Jethro Byrd Fairy Child
(by Bob Graham, Candlewick $15.99 Score:) Annabelle not only believes in fairies, she actually finds a family of them and invites them for a tea party. For some reason her mother and father are too old or busy to see them, but that does not stop Annabelle nor her little brother Sam. For those who believe in fairies, this is a charmer!

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

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2002 Award
Monkey Mo Goes To Sea
(by Diane Good, Scholastic $15.95 Score:) Bertie and Mo, his pet monkey, are invited aboard Grandfather's ship, a great ocean liner. Grandpa is the captain and asks only that Mo behave like a gentleman. Hard as he tries, poor Mo gets carried away with his monkey-ish behavior. But fear not, Mo rescues more than his reputation. As always, Goode's stylish illustrations capture a child's eye view of a bygone age along with a story that's as lively as Curious George at his playful best.

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

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2002 Award
Beverly Billingsly Borrows a Book
(by Alexander Stadler, Harcourt $16 Score:) Beverly, like many new library card holders, enjoys the book she borrows so much that she forgets to return it on time. Poor Beverly fears she will have to pay some huge fine or worse yet, go to jail! Librarians are likely to like this one a lot.

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

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2002 Awards
My Somebody Special
(by Sarah Weeks/ illus. by Ashley Wolff, Harcourt $16 Score:) What child has not waited for that somebody special to arrive at daycare or nursery school at the end of the day? As each little one is picked up, a question is asked about who has the roundest eyes, the sweetest nose, perfect toes or some other unique physical attribute and is answered with a repeated refrain, "Mine are. Mine are. Mine!" It is not the words, but the joyful reunions that young listeners will find reassuring. Ashley Wolff's charming parent and child pairs are animals with humanoid clothing and feelings that register all the exuberance that comes at the end of their separations each day. Most especially, children will identify with the worried little pup who is the last to be picked up - a fate that most children will experience at one time or another.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
The Magic Hat Spring
(by Mem Fox/illus. by Tricia Tusa, Harcourt $16 Score:) A magic hat blows into town and over a road where it lands on a man who turns into a toad. But that's just the beginning of the adventure as the hat turns nanny and baby into a kangaroo and a big old sleepy man into a jolly big bear. Fun for read-aloud rhyming fun that is likely to be learned by heart and chanted aloud by young listeners after a few readings. Tusa's big action-packed pictures are fun to explore.

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

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2002 Award
Knights & Battles
(by Richard Tames, Silver Dolphin Books $14.95 Score:) For young readers who are ready to dip into the world of Knights and the Middle Ages, this is an interactive book with little nuggets of information in an interesting format. There are timelines, costume wheels, flaps and acetate pages with building facades that open to reveal the inside of a castle, cathedral, and timbered town houses. Has a useful glossary of terms with clear definitions. This won't replace an encyclopedia for serious school reports, but it makes a good place to start, especially after an early trip to a museum or for budding interests in the age of chivalry. One of the Discovery Plus series designed for 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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