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Product Type: Books
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Family and Friends

 


2003 Award
The Kettles Get New Clothes
(by Dayle Ann Dodds/illus. by Jill McElmurry, Candlewick $15.99 Score:) The Kettles go to town to buy new clothes, but the shop is now owned by a gentleman who wants to sell them a new look. In this young concept book the Kettles reject stripes, polka-dots, checks, and paisley. Only the baby is adventuresome. Told with verve and some internal rhyme, this is a good read-aloud that will appeal to independent dressers.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Me and Uncle Romie
(by Claire Hartfield/ illus. by Jerome Lagarrigie, Dial $16.99 Score:) When James' mom is about to have twins, he is sent to New York City to Harlem to visit his Uncle Romie, an artist. James is sure his birthday will be ruined, but Uncle Romie shows him a different kind of celebration and inspires the boy to make his own artful memories. Readers may also be inspired to try their hand at making collages with the suggestions from the artist.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2002 Award
When Lightning Comes in a Jar
(by Patricia Polacco, Philomel $16.99 Score:) Once again this talented author recounts her own recollection of family reunions, recalling the food , games and stories told then and now and the magic of catching "lightning" in a jar that is as real today as always. Not as well paced as some of her earlier books, but memorable. 5-9

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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Before I Was Your Mother
(by Kathryn Lasky/ illus. By LeUyen Pham, Harcourt $16 Score:) Although you may tell your children about your own childhood, this book puts it in more concrete terms. Each big idea begins with the phrase "Before I was your mother…" and captures the similarities between the child listeners life and the mother's past. The idea here is more poetic than the execution and this just may be another one of those picture books that says more to adults than to children. 3-7.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: .

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Chip Wants a Dog
(by William Wegman, Hyperion $16.99 Score:) Anyone who has ever wanted a dog will feel for poor Chip who gets all the usual no's from his parents. Using a life-size toy dog that looks like Chip, with his usual dog/humanoid figures, Wegman turns this whole exercise into a surreal funny tale of self realization. This is pretty sophisticated humor for preschoolers, but school aged kids and their parents will enjoy the parody. 5-8.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: .

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2004 Award
The Animal Hedge
(Paul Fleischman/illus. by Bagram Ibatoulline, Candlewick $16.99 Score:) In the midst of a terrible drought, a farmer has to part with the animals he loves. But all is not lost—a magical hedge grows and he shapes it into that which he longs to see again. A haunting tale about holding on to one’s hope and finding happiness by shaping one’s dream of the future. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Almost Forever
(Maria Testa, Candlewick $14.99 Score:) War is hell, not just for those who fight, but for those they leave behind. In 1968 the narrator’s father, a doctor, goes off to Vietnam. Protestors are marching against the war while the family waits for letters that no longer come. A lyrical and tender story that will be all too familiar to many children who saw parents go off to war. This speaks to the universal and timeless heartache and fears of such separations. 8 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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Award
Big Brown Bear's Up and Down Day
( by David McPhail, Harcourt $16 Score:) Brown Bear has an intruder, a small rat who’s about to steal Bear’s slipper. There are three stories here with just the right pace, with bear and rat ending up as friends. 3–5.

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

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2004 Awards
Finklehopper Frog
(by Irene Livingston/illus. by Brian Lies, Tricycle Press $14.95 Score:) A hopping good tale of a frog who learns about being himself and liking it. Told in bouncing rhyme, the message is wise without losing its humor. Finklehopper thinks that getting a jogging suit will help him become a jogger. But it’s not till he meets a bunny that he rediscovers that hopping is a fine way to go. 4–8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Humphrey's Birthday
(by Sally Hunter, Holt $14.95 Score:) Humphrey, a little elephant, is all excited about his birthday—the party, presents, and cake. But when people start to arrive he’s not so sure this is fun. A slice-of-life book that ends with a happy birthday cake with candles—of course!

Age: Toddlers,Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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