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Age: Preschoolers

 


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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2008 Award
Olivia Helps With Christmas
(by Ian Falconer, Atheneum $18.99 Score:) Saucy as ever and full of holiday spirit, Olivia takes a few too many things into her own porcine hooves. She feeds the baby blueberry pie and oh, my, she tosses her cookies. You will have a good laugh when she ingeniously finds a very small tree for the table top—the top of another tree. With fold out gates and lots of humor, this is sure to please the grown-ups who will surely be asked to read it again and again. 4-8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
The Perfect Nest
(by Catherine Friend/illus. by John Manders, Candlewick $16.99 Score:) If you love hamming it up and using many voices doing it, find someone to read this out loud to! Great good fun begins when Jack the Cat decides he will build a perfect nest to attract egg laying birds for his breakfast omelet. Enter Chicken , Duck and Goose! It’s a deliciously funny read aloud! 4-8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
I'm Not Scared
(by Jonathan Allen, Hyperion $14.99 Score:) Baby owl is out for a stroll and annoyed when all the animals he meets ask if he’s scared. After all, he’s an owl, isn’t he? Even Papa makes the mistake of treating him like he might be scared. In fact, it’s wise Papa who reassures Baby that it is all right to be a little scared of the dark sometime. Might be a comforting choice for those who worry about the dark and night. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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