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2001 Awards
Where Do Balloons Go?
(by Jamie Lee Curtis/illus. by Laura Cornell, HarperCollins $15.95 Score:) Did you ever wonder where all those "oops, I lost it" balloons go? Curtis and Cornell take us on an airy adventure of possibilities. Don't miss their PLATINUM AWARD winning, When I Was Little. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Award
Mr. Bear to the Rescue
(by Debi Gliori, Orchard $15.95 Score:) The good neighbor policy is in full swing in this adventure story. On a stormy night, Mr. Bear comes to the rescue of all his forest friends. A suspenseful tale without being frightening, with a warm and cozy ending. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2001.

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2000 Awards
Lamaze My First Fish Bowl
(TOMY $19.99 Score:)

Babies can explore the interesting textures and sounds of a rattling star fish, a crinkly crab, a jingly fish, and a squeaky crab. All come in a fabric fish bowl with clear vinyl sides for filling and dumping.  EDITORS' NOTE: This toy has been slightly downsized since we first reviewed it. The product is now trimmed in yellow, not blue.

SNAP INFO: There's an assortment of textures and sounds built into the rattling star fish, crinkly crab, jingly fish, and squeaky crab. The clear vinyl sides of the fabric fishbowl make it easy to see what's inside and the big opening make for good filling and dumping games. ACTIVITY: Use the fishbowl for other fill and dump games. A bunch of colored socks will fit in easily and be fun to pull out one by one. Put several little toys inside and count them one by one as your tot pulls them out. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2000. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2001 Award
Milo and the Mysterious Island
(by Marcus Pfister, North-South $18.95 Score:) Milo longs to see more of the world. As in Pfister's Rainbow Fish, the pages glitter. Milo and his friends set sail with a pile of their glowing golden stones for light. Here the book splits in two and readers can read a happy ending where sharing and trust win the day or a sad one where everyone loses. 4–8.

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

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Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
(by Simms Taback, Viking $15.99 Score:) When Joseph's coat gets worn out he turns it into a jacket, and when that gets worn, he turns it into a vest. Again and again, Joseph transforms what's left of his coat into a new piece of clothing until he has nothing—but the makings of a book that is a visual delight! 3–7.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: .

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2001 Award
I Like the Way You Are
(by Eve Bunting/illus. by John O'Brien, Clarion $15 Score:) Being a friend is not always easy, as Turtle discovers in five small stories about sharing, caring and enjoying the company of a friend. 4–7.

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

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2001 Award
Dr. Pompo's Nose
(by Saxton Freymann & Joost Elffers, Scholastic $15.95 Score:) Dr. Pompo and the other pumpkins in the garden each think they know what the strange object in the garden must be. Kids are going to know at once and enjoy feeling so smart! 4 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Award
Daddy Is a Doodlebug
(by Bruce Degen, HarperCollins $15.95 Score:) Oodles of delicious wordplay run through this zippy "rompadoodle" as a boy and his dad do what all good Doodlebug dads and their Doodlebug boys do. Like Degen's Jamberry, this is sure to be read and reread! 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Award
My Colors Mis Colores
(by Rebecca Emberly, Little Brown $5.95 Score:) One of four bilingual concept books. Emery uses simple and easy to identify objects, one to a page to talk about. Designed with handsome cut-paper art, this and My Shapes, My Numbers, and My Opposites are all good choices! 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Award
Circus 1-2-3
(by Megan Halsey, HarperCollins $14.95 Score:) From one ringmaster to ten clowns this simple counting book has two little mice to hunt for, as well as lots of circus critters. 2 and-a-half & up.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2001.

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