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2001 Award
Touchdown Mars!
(by Peggy Wethered & Dr. Kenneth Edgett/illus. by M, Putnam $15.99 Score:) Take a trip to Mars on an alphabetical adventure. The alphabet provides the framework for a good deal of science information and detailed illustrations for space minded kids. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Award
There's a Zoo in Room 22
(by Judy Sierra/illus. by Barney Saltzberg, Harcourt $16 Score:) From Amanda Anaconda to a Zorilla (hint, it's black and white and not a zebra), a collection of zippy rhymes about a possible classroom pet for Room 22. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Fed Up!
(by Rex Barron, Putnam $15.99 Score:) Yummy fruits and veggies are dramatically poised to avoid being eaten in this amusing alphabet book. Each page is accompanied by phrases that begin with a single sound, as in "Lemons loathe Limes" and "Yakking Yams". 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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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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