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2003 Award
Fox and Fluff
(by Shutta Crum/illus. by John Bendall-Brunello, Albert Whitman $15.95 Score:) When Fluff hatches who is the first one the little chick sees? None other than Fox, whom he calls Papa and follows faithfully. Though Fox does his best to get rid of the chick, his hard heart melts! It's enough to turn the poor fellow into a vegetarian! A happy romp! 4–8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Epossumondas
(by Coleen Salley/illus. by Janet Stevens, Harcourt $16 Score:) A retelling of a classic noddlehead tale. Who says you can learn from your mistakes? Not Epossumondas! Preschoolers love being ever so much smarter by knowing what the "hero" of a story does not know. Stevens' oversized ladies and her cast of critters have just the over-the-top humor to match Salley's ear for making any reader into a gifted storyteller. 4–8

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Dumpy and the Big Storm
(by Julie Andrews Edwards & Emma Walton Hamilton/il, Hyperion $15.99 Score:) Adventure looms on the horizon as a storm strikes the lighthouse! Dumpy, a rugged little dump truck, races to the rescue. Along the way Dumpy, with Charlie & his Grandpa, Pop-Up, rescue other vehicles caught in the storm and together they come to the aid of a little fishing boat. Suspense, courage, and teamwork add up to an exciting read-aloud. 4–8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Dahlia
(by Barbara McClintock, Farrar Straus $16 Score:) Charlotte gets a delicate doll from her Aunt Edme. But Charlotte is not the delicate doll type. Not to worry: Dahlia, the fancy doll, turns out to be a mud-pie-making and tree-climbing sort of sport! Politically correct? Why not. 4–8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Bob
(by Tracey Campbell Pearson, Farrar Straus $16 Score:) Bob, a rooster, does not know how to crow. Each of the animals teaches Bob how to make its sound. Bob finally meets another rooster, but what he learned from the other animals helps him outfox a fox! A noisy book for hamming it up! 3–5.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Bob
(by Tracey Campbell Pearson, Farrar Straus $16 Score:) Bob, a rooster, does not know how to crow. Each of the animals teaches Bob how to make its sound. Bob finally meets another rooster, but what he learned from the other animals helps him outfox a fox! A noisy book with striking art. A great read aloud for hamming it up! 3–5.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Old MacDonald Had a Woodshop
(by Lisa Shulman/illus. by Ashley Wolff, Putnam $16.99 Score:) Lots of fun sounds buzz out of Old MacDonald's shop. And wait 'til you see how Ms. MacDonald wields those tools and what she and her friends build! 4–8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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Froggie Went A-Courtin'
(retold and illustrated by Iza Trapani, Charlesbridge $15.95 Score:) Froggie proposes to all the creatures of the woodland, until at last he finds a perfect mate! Also, in board book format, Shoo Fly! ($6.95 ) A sprightly little mouse is the hero who tries again and again to get rid of a pesty fly. This starts with the traditional words and goes on with lively variations. Mixed ages.

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

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2003 Award
Maisy's Seasons
(by Lucy Cousins, Candlewick $8.99 Score:) Big and sturdy, this has multiple lift-up flaps or wheels that turn on big colorful pages featuring the four seasons. A fun way to introduce language and early science concepts. 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Awards
Hands Are Not for Hitting
(by Martine Agassi/illus. by Marieka Heinlen, Free Spirit Publishing $7.95 Score:) While there will doubtless be those who consider this a didactic book, it is more of a concept book that introduces the many positive and important ways we use our hands. But it makes no bones about the big idea that hands are not for hitting… a small truth that many toddlers and preschoolers need to get hold of! 1½–3.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2003.

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