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Best Loved Stories
(Greathall Productions $ Score:) This collection includes "The Twelve Dancing Princesses," "The Sleeping Beauty," and "Snow White." Jim Weiss is a master storyteller who plays a whole cast of characters in every tale he tells. Also recommended, The Christmas Carol, The Jungle Book (PLATINUM AWARD '96), and Fairytale Favorites.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: .

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1999 Awards
The Illustrated Book of Ballet Stories
(by Barbara Newman/illus. by Gill Tomblin, DK $19.95 Score:) This handsomely illustrated book includes five ballet stories including "The Nutcracker," "Swan Lake," "Sleeping Beauty," "Giselle," and "Coppelia." Comes with CD that includes music from all five ballets.

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

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2001 Awards
Harry Potter Audio Tapes/CD
(Listening Library $30 Score:) Taking a long trip? Don't leave home without at least one of these eight-hour cassette or CD sets of all four Harry Potter books. Jim Dale's narration will captivate and entertain the whole family. We tried these out with a carful of Potter fans who were skeptical about how the different characters would be treated. Dale uses a delicious mix of voices that adds much to the enjoyment of listening to a familiar story.

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

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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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