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Product Type: Books
Age: Preschoolers

 


2007 Award
Elusive Moose
(by Joan Gannij/illus. by Clare Beaton, Barefoot Books $15.99 Score:) A charming moose hunt that your child will enjoy. Lilting verse follows the animals in our far north. Careful lookers will find a moose on every page and enjoy Beaton’s appliqué art. A glossary of the animals at the end gives this an information edge. Same idea arrived late with lots of playful language and a moose to find in Looking for a Moose (by Phyllis Root/illus. by Randy Cecil, Candlewick $15.99 ). Both are winning choices! 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Fast Food
(by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers, Scholastic $12.99 Score:) Get ready to roll! This “transportation” book takes mushroom and radish creatures riding, gliding, and rolling along. Zany creations are coupled with zippy rhymes that are fun to read aloud. There’s a ginger reindeer and a red pear sleigh on green bean runners. Delightful! 4 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
The Gingerbread Girl
(by Lisa Campbell Ernst, Dutton $16.99 Score:) A year has passed since the fox outsmarted the Gingerbread Boy. When the lonely old couple decide to try again, they create a spunky Gingerbread Girl who leads them on a merry chase, proving that history need not repeat itself! 4–8.

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

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2007 Award
Library Lion
(by Michelle Knudsen/illus. by Kevin Hawkes, Candlewick $15.99 Score:) A very satisfying story of a lion who comes inside the library and becomes a rule-abiding patron. But one day, when the librarian takes a tumble, Lion has the good sense to break the rules. A big idea for kids to grapple with—knowing right from wrong, and when an absolute is not so absolute. Hawkes’s illustrations give this an old-fashioned “Robert McCloskey” look that fits the story. 4–7.

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

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2007 Award
Oscar: The Big Adventure
(by Amy Schwartz and Leonard S. Marcus, HarperCollins $16.95 Score:) Move over, Curious George, Oscar may be little but he needs no Man with a Yellow Hat to save him from his journey out into the big world. When Susie goes off to school without a key she will need, Oscar, an independent little monkey, takes responsibility and no easy trip to reach Susie just in the nick of time. A fast-paced fantasy. 3–7.

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

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2007 Award
Olivia Forms a Band
(by Ian Falconer, Atheneum $17.95 Score:) It’s the Fourth of July, and how can you have fireworks without a band? That is what Olivia wants to know. Fear not, the ever-resourceful Olivia has enough imagination to become a one-pig band! 4–8.

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

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2007 Award
Pancakes for Supper!
(by Anne Isaacs/illus. by Mark Teague, Scholastic $16.99 Score:) Broadly based on the Little Black Sambo story, this has none of the usual baggage. Unlike recent retellings, it is not a conscious PC rendering. Here, the heroine falls out of her parents’ wagon and cleverly avoids being eaten alive by giving each of five wild animals a piece of her clothing that they believe makes them most attractive. When the five disagree on who is the best, they end up in a chase that turns them into maple syrup. You guessed it—young Toby and her parents use that sweet ending on their pancakes. A keeper. 4 & up.

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

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2007 Award
Edwina, The Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She was Extinct
(by Mo Willems, Hyperion $16.99 Score:) Remember Danny’s Dinosaur? Edwina steps from a similar mold and is equally delightful. One doubting Thomas by the name of Reginald Von Hoobie-Doobie tries his best to prove that dinosaurs are extinct, but Edwina manages to prove that facts are not all we need in this world! 4 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Museum Trip
(by Barbara Lehman, Houghton Mifflin $15 Score:) A wordless gem of an adventure. On a class trip to the museum, a boy gets separated from his group. While looking for them, he finds his way into a small room. There he finds a collection of mazes on display and is transformed to fit into the mazes. As the young reader finds the path through the mazes he and the boy save themselves and leave the museum triumphant. In fact, the young hero of the story and the museum guard both wear the same golden medal. Another winner from the author of The Red Book. 5 & up.

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

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2007 Award
Take Care, Good Knight
(by Shelley Moore Thomas/illus. by Paul Meisel, Dutton $15.99 Score:) When the wizard goes off for a day, he leaves his precious cats in the care of three little dragons, not knowing that they do not know how to read his directions. An amusing story that proves how important it is to know how to read! 4–8.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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