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Product Type: Books
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: History

 


2003 Award
Fireboat
(by Maira Kalman, Putnam $16.99 Score:) In 1995 when the John J. Henry fireboat retired it was lovingly restored by a group of friends. But everyone believed that its fire-fighting days were over. Then, on that day when "the world shook," a call came that the fire hydrants were broken and the fireboat was needed. A splendid story that captures the sorrow and pride of those who were on the front lines on 9/11, ahorrific day in history. 6–9.

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

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2003 Award
So You Want to Be An Inventor?
(by Judith St George/illus. by David Small, Philomel $16.99 Score:) Like their award-winning So You Want to Be President, this lively collection introduces readers to inventors throughout history. Colorful anecdotes are amusing and the illustrations add much to the light-hearted yet informative approach to those who changed the world with their inventions. 7–10.

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

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2003 Award
A Voice of Her Own
(by Kathryn Lasky/illus. by Paul Lee, Candlewick $16.99 Score:) Here is the amazing story of America's first African-American poet, Phillis Wheatley. Sold as a slave in Boston in 1761, this is the little-known, true story of a young woman with a passion for learning and language that turned her into a young woman with a "voice of her own." 8–12.

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

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2003 Award
Milly and the Macy's Parade
(by Shana Corey/illus. Brett Helquist, Scholastic $16.95 Score:) Once upon a time before the annual parade became a holiday tradition, young Milly and her immigrant father were homesick for the way they celebrated in the old country. So, naturally, Milly just marched up to Mr. Macy's office and told him what was needed. And, as they say in Hollywood, the rest is history! 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Eyewitness Series American Revolution
(DK $15.95 Score:) With paintings, drawings, and photos of artifacts that relate to each topic, this series ranges from history, science, and sports, to arts. This year's titles include American Revolution & Shakespeare. 8 & up.

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

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2003 Award
Thank You, Sarah
(by Laurie Halse Anderson/ illus. by Matt Faulkner, Simon & Schuster $16.95 Score:) Meet Sarah Hale, a fiesty lady who wouldn't take no for an answer. It took her four decades and lots of rejection letters, but Sarah believed in the power of the pen. She not only worked as an editor, she wrote Mary Had a Little Lamb, children's books, novels and finally the one letter that turned Thanksgiving into a national holiday! After writing to one president after another, she eventually sent a letter to Abe Lincoln, who liked her idea. Her stick-to-it -ness saved Thanksgiving. Written in a breezy style that speaks directly to the reader while mixing past and present with dollops of humor.

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

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2003 Award
Harvesting Hope, the Story of Cesar Chavez
(by Kathleen Krull/ illus. By Yuyi Morales, Harcourt $17 Score:) As a boy Cesar knows the joy of his family and the security of living on the land. But when the draught comes his family members are forced to become migrant workers. As he grows older and sees the injustices endured, Cesar finds the strength and wisdom to lead farm-workers through non-violence to a better life. A story of courage about an American hero. 6-9.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2004 Award
Hallelujah Handel
(Douglas Cowley/illus. by Jason Walker, Scholastic $16.95 Score:) Handel is not just a famous composer, he is a man with a social conscience who worries about the homeless orphaned children on the streets of London. In this historic fiction storybook he rescues a child who cannot speak, but sings like an angel. In truth, he gave the royalties for his Messiah’s Hallelujah Chorus to support a foundling home for such boys. 7 & up.

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

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2004 Award
Boxes for Katje
(by Candace Fleming/illus. by Stacey Dressen-McQuee, Farrar Straus $16 Score:) After WWII, families in war-torn Europe had little food, clothing, or other comforts. Organizations in the USA encouraged children to send small packages to children in Europe. In this charming story, an exchange of letters and packages grows from a small box to boxes enough for the whole town. 5–8.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
The Name Quilt
(by Phyllis Root/illus. by Margot Apple, Farrar Straus $ Score:) Sadie loves getting tucked in at Grandma’s house with the special "name quilt" and the story that goes with each of the names. But one day a summer storm takes the quilt along with the rest of the laundry and Sadie is sure the family stories have gone, too. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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