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2001 Award
To Dinner, For Dinner
(by Tolowa M. Mollel/illus. by Synthia Saint James, Holiday House $16.95 Score:) A little rabbit makes a deal with the leopard that she'll be his dinner when she's bigger. Fuko the mole comes up with a plan for outsmarting the leopard. Size is no match for wise! 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Award
The Language of Birds
(by Rafe Martin/illus. by Susan Gaber, Putnam $15.99 Score:) A retelling of a Russian fairytale of two brothers, one kind, the other selfish. Vasilii is a greedy liar while Ivan is a dreamer. Though Ivan is ridiculed, his kind heart eventually leads to greater rewards. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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Gershon's Monster
(by Eric A. Kimmel/illus. by Jon J. Muth, Scholastic $16.95 Score:) Gershon never regretted his mistakes. He simply threw them into the cellar and for the New Year he tossed them into the sea. But when he is blessed with children he learns to rethink his self-centered ways. Suspenseful & satisfying! 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: .

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2001 Awards
The Eagle & the Wren
(retold by Jane Goodall/illus. by Alexander Reichst, North-South $15.95 Score:) Who can fly the highest? All the birds get into a boasting contest that can only be won on the wing. As one bird after another gives up it appears that eagle has won until a tiny wren crawls out of the eagle's feathers and continues to fly. A charming tale about how we need each other. 4–8.

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

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Clever Tortoise
(by Francesca Martin, Candlewick $14.99 Score:) Elephant and Hippopotamus both boast that they are the most powerful animal. It is the smart tortoise who outwits both animals with a tug of war. An enjoyable retelling of an African tale. 6& up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: .

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2001 Awards
Cinderella
(illus. by K.Y. Craft, SeaStar $15.95 Score:) Adapted from Arthur Rackham & Andrew Lang's versions, this is a finely crafted read-aloud that celebrates a classic with stunning illustrations—each and everyone a treasure. Also from SeaStar, see the reissue of Mercer & Marianna Mayer's Beauty & the Beast. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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Aesop's Fables
(illus. by Jerry Pinkney, SeaStar $19.95 Score:) Young listeners are likely to remember both the handsome art and morals of the classic fables in this large collection. For a smaller volume see Fables from Aesop (adapted by Tom Lynch, Viking $15.99) with handsome fabric collages. 7 & up.

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

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Jimmy Zangwow's Out of this World Moon Pie Adventu
( by Tony DiTerlizzi, Simon & Schuster $16 Score:) How far would you travel for a Moonpie, a Ring-Ding, a Yodel? When young Jimmy's mom says no snacks before dinner, he takes off on a fantasy flight that's out of this world. 5 & up.

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

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Big Jabe
(by Jerdine Nolen/illus. by Kadir Nelson, Lothrop $15.95 Score:) A tall tale that blends history, hope, and fantasy. Like Moses, young Jabe arrives in a basket on the river. In no time he grows into a giant of a man who does the work of all the other slaves, and his magic gives them their freedom. By the author of Platinum Awards winning Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm. 5–9.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: .

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2001 Award
3 Magic Balls
(by Richard Egielski, HarperCollins $15.95 Score:) Rudy works in his uncle's toy store and is supposed to take care of three special rubber balls. Temptation steps in, and as Rudy takes the balls out of the display case, his bouncing adventure begins. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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