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Product Type: Books
Age: Preschoolers

 


2007 Award
Buzzy's Big Beach Book
(by Harriet Ziefert/ illus Emily Bolam, Blue Apple $9.95 Score:) A seaside adventure as the waves come in and knock down one sand castle and a determined little donkey and his dad rebuild again. The second story deals with a reluctant little bather and how his dad helps him overcome his fears of the water. Old toddlers/ young preschoolers.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Zelda and Ivy, the Runaways
(by Laura McGee Kvasnosky, Candlewick $14.99 Score:) In the words of Yogi Bear, these two are not your average fox. When their dad starts making cucumber sandwiches, the two decide to runaway. Little did they think they would not be missed. After hours of trying to get along they return home only to find that dad has saved those cucumber sandwiches for them. This one is followed by a funny tale about a time capsule and Zelda’s writer’s block. 2nd grade.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!
(by Mo Willems, Hyperion $12.99 Score:) Pigeon is back and as usual has his own stubborn view of the world. In this case, he is not sleepy, no matter how many times he yawns. In fact, that might be a good way to get the yawning started…read this with lots of wide hammy yawns and it might become catching! This is one of those books that grown-ups might love better than little kids. 4-40.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Let's Play in the Forest
(by Claudia Rueda, Scholastic $16.99 Score:) Preschoolers will catch on before those innocent creatures who keep asking if wolf is there. Adapted from a game played in France and Latin America, the animals in the forest don’t seem to recognize wolf as he dresses and gets hungrier and hungrier. But not to worry, this is a kinder gentler wolf than one might expect. The whole game ends in a chuckle of relief! 3 7 up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2006 Award
Move!
(by Steve Jenkins & Rbin Page, Houghton Mifflin $16 Score:) A handsome book about the way animals move. Using life like illustrations made of paper cut designs the language of the book connects a single concept of motion to mean two quite different meanings. For example, a spider “floats on a thread of silk’ while a “polar bear floats in dark, icy water.” The juxtaposition of animals large and small give new meaning to seemingly simple words. There is no story here, but a lot to talk about. 4-8.

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

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2007 Award
Below
(by Nina Crews, Holt $16.95 Score:) Jack and his little action figure Guy have quite an adventure when the latter falls between a crack in the stairs and everyone is too busy to help rescue him. Using her very special photo-collage technique, Crews shows us what Jack is imagining and what Guy might be doing. While some may prefer to see such things in the mind’s eye, these require making a leap into someone else’s imaginings. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Germs Are Not For Sharing
(by Elizabeth Verdick/ illus. by Marieka Heinlen, Free Spirit Publishing $7.95 Score:) One of an excellent series of books that invites conversations with young kids about simple lifestyle issues. It talks directly about cover one’s mouth when you cough, using a tissue when you sneeze, washing your hands, etc. O.K. it’s a little on the preachy side, but some things are worth repeating and finding them in a book may make a bigger impression. 2’s & up.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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That's What Grandpas Are For
(by Harriet Ziefert/ illus by Deborah Zemke, Blue Apple $12.95 Score:) Totally available, non-critical and willing, the star of this little fantasy does whatever is needed to light up the life of the narrator grandchild. After a long list of things Grandpa will do, the last part of the book shifts gears listing all the lovely ways the grandchild returns that affection. A little over the top, but it does celebrate the loving relationship that some are lucky enough to have between generations. Choose this or the Grandma version.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?
(by Margaret McNamara/ illus. by G. Brian Karas, Random House $14.99 Score:) Charlie hates lining up since he is always the smallest in his class. So, when the class has to speculate on which of three pumpkins will have the most seeds, Charlie is sure smallest will have least. McNamara manages to add a little math to the story that basically centers on self concept- or as my 5’ small Mom would have said, “Good things come in small packages!”

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
I'm Big Enough
(by Amber Stewart and Layn Marlow, Orchard $12.99 Score:) Kids attached to their “blankies” will relate to Bean, a bunny who tries to give up her special blanket and them misses it terribly. Alls well that end well, but real life kids may not make this leap so easily. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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