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2001 Awards
Dancing in the Wings
(by Debbie Allen/illus. by Kadir Nelson, Dial $16.99 Score:) Sassy dreams of being a ballerina but she's teased by her friends that her legs are too long and her feet are too big. In the end, a ballet director sees her potential and Sassy, not her friends, gets to attend the dance festival. Talks to believing in yourself and your dreams. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Buttons
(by Brock Cole, Farrar Straus $16 Score:) Father ate so much that he burst his britches and lost his buttons! His three daughters each plan how to get their dad new buttons. One goes in search of a wealthy husband, one joins the army, and the other hopes buttons will fall out of the sky. Perhaps not p.c., but a very funny story. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Award
Pete and Polo's Big School Adventure
(by Adrian Reynolds, Orchard $15.95 Score:) Pete's stuffed polar bear goes to school with him and both Pete and Polo discover that being on their own is fun! 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Award
Little Miss Spider at Sunny Patch School
(by David Kirk, Scholastic $12.95 Score:) More than a catalog of bugs, this little tale features Miss Spider starting off to school and not feeling sure of herself or her talents. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Who Hoots?
(by Katie Davis, Harcourt $14 Score:) A witty companion to the PLATINUM AWARD winning Who Hops? This will be a hit with preschoolers as they answer the questions and learn a little bit more about familiar animals. A hoot! 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Award
Into the A, B, Sea
(by Deborah Lee Rose/illus. by Steve Jenkins, Scholastic $15.95 Score:) From anemones to zooplankton, here's an alphabetical introduction to underwater life done with outstanding collage illustrations. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2001.

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1995 Awards
First Discovery Books
(Scholastic $12.95 Score:) This consistently excellent series of small but captivating books give young children a close-up look at animals, plants, and other natural phenomena. Lift-up transparent pages magically change the images and introduce basic concepts. New for 2001 are Lions, Space & Internet.4 & up

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1995.

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2001 Award
Fall Leaves Fall!
(by Zoe Hall/illus. by Shari Halpern, Scholastic $15.95 Score:) Collage and cut-paper art make this book about the seasons a treat for the eyes. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Each Living Thing
(by Joanne Ryder/illus. by Ashley Wolff, Harcourt $16 Score:) So often children are curious but fearful of such living things as spiders, snakes, and stinging jellyfish. Wolff's bold illustrations bring them up close as Ryder urges us to appreciate, not fear them. Preachy, but beautiful. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Award
Toot & Puddle: Puddle's ABC
(by Holly Hobbies, Little Brown $14.95 Score:) Otto the turtle wants to know how to write his name, but he doesn't know his letters. It's Puddle to the rescue! He draws pictures, many featuring his good friend Toot. This doesn't live up to the first two Toot & Puddle books that shouldn't be missed.4 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2001.

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