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2001 Awards
Panther
(by Jonathan London/illus. by Paul Morin, Candlewick $15.99 Score:) Wild and hungry, a powerful panther hunts in the Florida Everglades. Also, see Ice Bear and Little Fox, (Dutton ) PLATINUM AWARD '00. 7 and up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2000 Awards
How Whales Walked Into the Sea
(by Faith McNulty/illus. by Ted Rand, Scholastic $16.95 Score:) Whales fascinate kids generally, but this book shows how whales evolved over millions of years from four-footed creatures that walked on land to the whale, as we know it today. 8 and up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2000.

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2000 Awards
The Emperor's Egg
(by Martin Jenkins/illus. by Jane Chapman, Candlewick $16.99 Score:) Did you know an Emperor penguin is almost four feet tall and eats nothing for two full months while he waits for his chick to hatch? Totally cool! PLATINUM AWARD '00. 7 and up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2000.

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2001 Award
Pumpkin Jack
(by Will Hubbell, Albert Whitman $15.95 Score:) Tim finds it hard to let go of his pumpkin when it begins to rot. After putting it out in the garden he watches as it changes through the seasons. A nice ecology story. 48.

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

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2001 Awards
If You Find a Rock
(by Peggy Christian/photos by Barbara H. Lember, Harcourt $16 Score:) What child hasn't picked up a rock and marveled at its color, shape, texture? For neophyte or confirmed rock hound this lyrical ode to the many kinds of rocks to be found will add to the joy of such discoveries! You'll still need a field guide to rocks, but this will be dear to the rock hound's heart.

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

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2001 Awards
Garbage
(by Robert Maass, Holt $16.95 Score:) Kids are surprisingly curious about where the garbage goes. Maass' photo essay provides a good answer with a look at the different ways we dispose of and recycle our garbage. 5 and up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Big Book of Bugs
(by Theresa Greenaway, DK $14.95 Score:) Bug lovers will enjoy the close-up photos and nuggets of information in this oversized book. 5 and up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
(Viking $13.95 Score:) At last, we are privy to what really happened when a fellow by the name of A. Wolf, a poor wolf wanted to borrow a cup of sugar from a certain pig. A great way to help kids begin to think about how point of view can change a story. 5-8.

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

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1993 Awards
Tar Beach
(by Faith Ringgold, Crown $14.95 Score:) In this flying fantasy, Cassie Lightfoot takes off from her tar beach, the rooftop of her home in Harlem, claiming whatever she sees as her very own. Cassie wears the lights of the George Washington Bridge like a diamond necklace. Illustrations began as a story quilt that hangs in the Guggenheim Museum. 5-9.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1993.

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1998 Award
Activity Rock Kit
(GeoCentral $18.95 Score:) If you have a budding rock collector in your family, this kit will be a sure-fire hit. Comes with activity book and 12 minerals that have special attributes sure to wow friends and family. For example, there's optical calcite, floating pumice, and magnetic lodestone. New for 2003, Break Your Own Geodes comes with ten small geodes. You'll need to supply the safety googles.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 1998.

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