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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.

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Blueberries for Sal
(by Robert McCloskey, Puffin $7.99 Score:) In this classic mix-up, a mother bear and cub get separated, as do a mother-and-child duo. All's well that ends well. This no-frills set has no big-name stars, but beginning readers can follow the text or flip the tape for lively activity songs related to bears and berries. This series includes many other classics.

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SmartPlay with Classical
(Wee Are Young $11.98 Score:) You're probably won't listen to all 45 minutes at once, but here's an elegant collection of piano music for listening or moving to. Heidi Brende plays Mozart (including all 12 variations of "Twinkle, Twinkle"!), Bach, Scarlatti, and Beethoven. Also, SmartSleep, a dreamy collection of Chopin, Mozart, Debussy, and Schumann piano music for bedtime.

Age: Infants,Toddlers,Preschool,Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: .

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1999 Awards
The Mozart Effect, Vols.1-3
(BMG $8.98 Score:) Responding to research that links the value of Mozart's music to learning, these three volumes offer a range of music performed by first class artists: Vol. 1, Tune Up Your Mind; Vol. 2, Relax, Daydream & Draw; and Vol. 3, Mozart in Motion. It couldn't hurt!

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

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The Classical Kids Collection
(The Children's Group $9.98 Score:) If you're looking for a way to introduce your kids to classical music through stories, this series fits the bill. In Vivaldi's "Ring of Mystery," Katarina meets the great composer, who is the music director at the orphanage she is sent to in Venice. The exciting story is rich with suspense and Baroque music. Others in the series: Beethoven Lives Upstairs, Mr. Bach Comes to Call, and Mozart's Magnificent Voyage.

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

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1998 Awards
Kids Classics Series
(EMI $7.99 Score:) Truly a hit parade of classical music. On Animals you'll hear "The Carnival of the Animals," Itzhak Perlman narrating "Peter and the Wolf," and "The Flight of the Bumble-Bee." Nature includes Vivaldi's "Winter," Beethoven's "Pastoral Symphony," and Debussy's "Gardens in the Rain." Also recommended, Toys, Lullabies.

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

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