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

 


2004 Award
A Song for Ba
(by Paul Yee/ illus. by Jan Peng Wang, Groundwood $17.95 Score:) Set in the early half of the 20th Century, this is a tender story about a Chinese-American boy being raised by his father and grandfather on the West Coast. Both men are Chinese Opera singers. Although the boy wants to follow their footsteps, his father fears that the audience for Chinese opera is shrinking and there is no future in singing for his son. Secretly, before the grandfather leaves for China, he teaches the boy to sing and in time these lessons are used to help his father regain his voice. Handsome paintings and a well-paced story make this a memorable book for 6’s & up.

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

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2005 Award
April Foolishness
(Teresa Bateman/illus. by Nadine Bernard Westcott, Whitman $15.95 Score:) All the grandkids have come to visit at the farm and try their best to tell Grandpa that the animals are running wild. Clever Grandpa isn't falling for their April Fool's tricks. Grandma steps in to have the last laugh! Good fun. 5 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Half and Half
(by Lensey Namioka, Random House $3.99 Score:) With a mother who is Scottish and a father who is Chinese, Fiona is half and half. Yet, she often struggles with the expectations of others – especially her grandparents’ when they come to watch the folk dancing contest. Not as compelling as Yang the Eldest and His Odd Jobs or others in the author’s amusing and touching series about the Yang family and growing up Chinese-American. 9-12. Student Review: “This book pulls you in entirely. I could not stop reading it. It has suspense and lots of problems. There is still a happy ending. I liked this book because it has good characters, the plot is exciting and it is very descriptive. I think that children that are eight, nine and ten will like this book. I recommend Half and Half.” review by Rachel Martel, 10

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2006 Award
Carl's Sleepy Afternoon
(Farrar Straus $12.95 Score:) This mostly wordless book is just begging for a child storyteller to interpret the illustrations and tell the story of Carl’s very busy afternoon when he did everything but sleep. Wordless books like this are perfect for the beginning storyteller. It is not likely to be told twice in the same words and each time the story is apt to grow fuller. 4–8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
If You Give a Pig a Party
(by Laura Numeroff/illus. by Felicia Bond, HarperCollins $15.99 Score:) Once again, this award-winning team has come up with a universal theme and what one expects will be predictable outcomes—but soon after the balloons, the book takes a left turn as Pig and her friend go looking for Pig’s friends and end up at a street fair. One surprise follows another in this newest addition to a fine series. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
The Witch's Walking Stick
(by Susan Meddaugh, Houghton Mifflin $16 Score:) With an economy of words and lively illustrations, the creator of Martha, the talking dog, has created a new cast of winning characters: a nasty witch who gets her comeuppance, and a little sister who teaches her older siblings a few lessons. Meddaugh takes familiar fantasy material and makes it fresh with her own brand of humor. Her art and wit make her a worthy successor to William Steig. 5 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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Because Your Daddy Loves You
(by Andrew Clements/illus. by R.W. Alley, Clarion $16 Score:) How refreshing! A Daddy book that follows a patient and loving daddy through the day. Dad avoids saying the typical critical remarks, but Clements has it both ways; he says what the daddy didn’t say and then what he really does say as he kindly makes a day at the beach a happy time together. In a way, Clements models some great parenting strategies along with a pleasing story. 3–5.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Mama Panya's Pancakes
(By Mary and Rich Chamberlin/illus. by Julia Cairns, Barefoot Books $16.99 Score:) Adika seems to be two steps ahead of his Mama as he invites too many people to join them for pancakes for dinner. Set in a village in Kenya, with many sights to see, this charming storybook unfolds its tale of generosity being rewarded. You can identify animals in the glossary or whip up a batch of pancakes with Mama Panya’s recipe. 4–8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Piggy and Dad Go Fishing
(by David Martin/illus. by Frank Remkiewicz, Candlewick $14.99 Score:) If you’ve ever had trouble putting a worm on a hook or wanted to throw back any poor fish that made the mistake of getting caught, you’ll love this father and son pair of pigs who end up feeding the fish instead of eating them! A great catch. 4–7.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
The Dog Who Cried Wolf
(by Keiko Kasza, Putnam $15.99 Score:) Moka is a dog who loves his girl, Michelle, until she reads a story about wolves that inspires Moka to run away and be free. In his adventure with independence, Moka discovers real wolves and that home is not as boring as he thought. 4–8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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