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2000 Award
Thanksgiving Day
(by Anne Rockwell/illus. by Lizzy Rockwell, HarperCollins $14.95 Score:) Using a Thanksgiving play in school each child takes a part in explaining the important people who made the first Thanksgiving possible. 4 and up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2000.

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2001 Awards
The Memory String
(by Eve Bunting/illus. by Ted Rand, Clarion $15 Score:) Laura doesn't hate her stepmother, Jane. But, as Laura tries to hold on to the past with a string of buttons that belonged to her mother, Laura makes some big discoveries about this new caring person in her life. Hopeful & moving! 5 and up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Kids' Natural History Book
(by Susan Milord, Williamson $12.95 Score:) Activities such as making your own time line or "fossil," classifying plus a variety of games and art projects that relate to the natural world. A resource to use with kids. 6–12. Also, Summer Fun, Cut-Paper Play! and Super Science Concoctions. 5 and up.

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

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2001 Awards
I Spy Extreme Challenger
(by Jean Marzollo/photos by Walter Wick, Scholastic $13.95 Score:) Read the riddles and find the answers buried in the amazing photos. Combining images from earlier editions with new riddles, this is the latest in a consistently winning series the whole family will enjoy!

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

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2001 Award
The Body Crayon Book
(by the editors of Klutz Press, Klutz $14.95 Score:) We had great fun experimenting with the many funny ideas for making "body art" with six nontoxic body crayons. Our 7-year-old tester likes drawing jewelry and messages. A good gift for campers or for a sleep-over/party game. They say 4, but we'd say more like 6 and up.

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

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2001 Awards
Beadlings
(by Julie Collings & Candice Elton, Klutz $16.95 Score:) We were impressed with the clear directions that set this book/bead kit apart. Fun for making a variety of beaded bugs. However, not all colors shown in photos come with the kit and you'll need more beads to do all of the projects. 10 and up. Also one of our favorite activities around, Tissue Paper Flowers with clear instructions for making a bouquet with a variety of shapes. 8 and up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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American Girls' Family Album
(Pleasant Company Editors, Pleasant Company $7.95 Score:) A guided family history for interviewing moms and grandmothers and themselves. Generations get to share experiences from their own girlhood and how they celebrated birthdays, holidays, or summer vacation. 8 and up.

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

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2000 Awards
Harry Potter series
(by J.K. Rowling, Scholastic $25.95 Score:) If you have 9s & up in your midst, they will be able to navigate the fantasy world where Harry, an orphaned wizard, leads anything but a charmed life. Try these as a read-aloud family story time for 7s and up—an alternative to so-called family programming. But don't be surprised if some kids try to read ahead. New for 2001, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, PLATINUM AWARD is much more intense than the first three books, and should be saved for 9s and up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2000.

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2001 Awards
Luke on the High Seas
(by Bonnie Pryor, William Morrow $15 Score:) Luke is on a high seas, faced with the perils of pirates, sharks, and storms as he travels to California during the Gold Rush. From an appealing series that blends historic fiction with action adventure. 8 and up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Freddy the Pig Series
(by Walter R. Brooks/illus. by Kurt Wiese, Overlook $23.95 Score:) Baby boomers who fondly remember their Freddy books will enjoy sharing these reissued classics. This season's releases are Freddy and the Dragon and Freddy and Mr. Camphor. Freddy, an oh-so-human pig, is given to excesses—sleeping too late and eating too much. His adventures have the pace and suspense that are exactly on target for young readers. Will be enjoyed as read-alouds with 5–7s and solo laugh-out-loud reading by 8 and up.

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

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