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2001 Awards
The Farewell Symphony
(by Anna H. Celenza/illus. by JoAnn E. Kitchel, Charlesbridge $19.95 Score:) Papa Haydn and his musicians are busy playing and working at Prince Nicholas' summer palace. But when their seemingly endless separation from their families stretches from summer into fall, Haydn has a plan. Based on Haydn's diaries, this charming story explains how his Symphony No. 45 really was a farewell opus!

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

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The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey
(Candlewick $24.99 Score:) James Earl Jones brings Susan Wojciechowski's inspiring story of a woodcarver and boy to life. Packaged with book, ornament, and CD, this is a memorable gift.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: .

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The Chronicles of Narnia
(by C.S. Lewis, HarperChildren's Audio $11.95 Score:) There are seven tapes in this notable collection. Each can stand alone. Together, they tell the whole story of the magic land of Narnia.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: .

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1999 Awards
Arthur's New Puppy
(by Marc Brown, Little Brown $8.95 Score:) The trials and tribulations of having a new puppy provide the drama for this typical life experience. Read by Marc Brown. Also, Arthur Meets the President. PLATINUM AWARD '97.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1999.

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The Tigger Movie Book & CD
(Disney $11.98 Score:) Tigger can't find anyone to bounce with him-but worse, when one of his friends suggests that he find his tigger family, his problem becomes bigger! Tigger fears he has no family! His many friends assure him that they are his family. Features sound and music from the film track.

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

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Tell Me a Story Series
(HarperChildren's Audio $7.95 Score:) Many best-loved classics are available in inexpensive paperback and audio sets. These make good take-along travel treats, great gifts, and are an excellent way to build your child's listening ability and personal library. Bring home a mix of classics such as Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina, Dr. DeSoto Goes to Africa by William Steig, and Dinner at the Panda Palace by Stephanie Calmenson.

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

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2001 Awards
Once Upon a Bedtime Story
(Fabulous Records $ Score:) (Fabulous Records $15.99/10.99 CD or tape) Jane Yolen, author extraordinaire, puts on her storytelling hat to narrate a collection of eleven well-loved stories such as "Stone Soup," "Three Little Pigs," and "Billy Goats Gruff." Punctuated with sounds and music that add without intruding, this is a gem for anytime-not just bedtime! 4-7.

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

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Mother Goose's Basket Full of Rhymes
(sung by Carly Simon, Simon & Schuster $11.95 Score:) A collection of familiar Mother Goose rhymes in a big sturdy board book with an audio tape of Simon performing her own versions of "Hickory Dickory Dock" and other classics. Simon's nontraditional melodies are a bit surprising but pleasingly upbeat and refreshing!

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

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1998 Awards
If You Give a Moose a Muffin
(by Laura Joffe Numeroff/illus. by Felicia Bond, HarperFestival $10.95 Score:) The amusing circular story of what happens when you give a moose a muffin is now available in a book and audio set. Narrated by Robbie Benson, the story is followed by a rap about making muffins and a lively song, "Doin' the Moose."

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1998.

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George and Martha Back in Town
(by James Marshall, Houghton Mifflin $9.95 Score:) Five small stories about two big hippos who are great friends-even if they do get into funny little games of one-up-man-ship. A word-for-word narration makes this a good follow along reader.

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

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