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2001 Award
Family Tree
(Warner Bros. $19.96 Score:) An inspiring story of a nine-year-old boy and an old man who stand up and defend the ancient oak tree that is due to be chopped down to make room for a factory. An old-fashioned movie about courage. Cast includes Cliff Robertson and Naomi Judd. 7 & up.

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

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1994 Awards
Where the Wild Things Are
(by Maurice Sendak, HarperCollins $15 Score:) When Max is punished by being sent to his room without dinner, her embarks on one of the most remarkable fantasy romps in children's literature. Some fours may enjoy this, but it's a better choice for slightly older kids who understand the difference between real and make-believe. 5 and up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 1994.

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1994 Awards
Amos and Boris
(by William Steig, Farrar Straus $17 Score:) Few storybooks capture so well the meaning of friendship as this classic tale of a small mouse and a giant whale and how they help each other-one with his brain and one with his brawn. Don't miss the majesty of this memorable story that may remind you of Aesop's Lion and Mouse. 5-8

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 1994.

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1994 Awards
Millions of Cats
(by Wanda Gag, Grosset & Dunlap $12.95 Score:) What child has not heard and chanted the refrain "Hundreds of cats, thousands of cat, millions and billions and trillions of cats?" This rather longish folk-style tale about an old man who brings home too many cats has pleased children for more than 60 years and it's still a gem! 4 and up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1994.

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1997 Awards
Amber Brown Series
(by Paula Danziger, Putnam $12.95 Score:) In You Can't Eat Your Chicken Pox, Amber Brown the lively fourth grader, Amber goes off to London to visit her divorced dad and comes down with an itchy case of the chicken pox. This is just one of a wonderful series of chapter books that is about many issues other than divorce, yet Amber's caring parents and the new family arrangements are never far from the center. You don't have to be a child of divorce to enjoy this series but for kids who are this will have special meaning. 8 and up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 1997.

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1995 Awards
Babys First Blocks
(Fisher-Price $12.99 Score:)

Technically this is a shape-sorter, but the 10 blocks will be used to fill, spill and throw long before the baby can fit them into the three-place shape-sorter lid of the container. Put the lid away for now. A no gimmick classic that is neither complicated nor expensive. We much preferred this toy when it only had three shapes (circle, square and triangle)--the addition of the other shapes and more openings makes this less elegant and user friendly...but still a good basic toy.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 1995. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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1997 Awards
Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born
(by Jamie Lee Curtis/illus. by Laura Cornell, HarperCollins $14.95 Score:) A bright and moving sequel to the award-winning When I Was Little, here's a book told from the child's point of view, that speaks clearly about adoption, and captures the childlike desire to have the story of one's birth retold, retold and retold. 4-8

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1997.

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1994 Awards
How You Were Born
( by Joanna Cole/photos by Margaret Miller, William Morrow $14.95 Score:) In clear, straightforward prose, Cole explains how babies are born. Photos include several babies in the uterus and being born. In addition to the text for children there is an excellent section for adults on dealing with children's questions and concerns. Also recommended: My Puppy is Born.4-8

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1994.

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1995 Awards
Egg!
(by A.J. Wood/illus. by Stella Stilwell, Little Brown $12.95 Score:) A dozen different eggs are opened on fold-out pages to reveal 12 very different creatures that hatch from eggs. Multiple pictures in small frames add still more information to the engaging text. An excellent science/concept book. 5-8

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 1995.

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1994 Awards
Annie and the Old One
(by Miska Miles/illus. by Peter Parnell, Little Brown $13.95 Score:) Annie watches as her grandmother weaves a Navaho rug. Grandmother, the Old One, tries to prepare Annie for the inevitable -that when the weaving is done she will die. So Annie gets up each night to pull out the treads and keep her grandmother alive. A moving story with universal appeal. 6-8.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 1994.

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