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Product Type: Books
Age: Preschoolers

 


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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2007 Award
Please Don't Upset P.U. Zorilla!
(by Lynn Rowe Reed, Random House $15.95 Score:) A certain well-meaning skunk arrives in town and asks the mayor for work. P.U. does a fine job until one thing or another manages to upset him and P.U.! You get the picture. Given one last chance, it turns out that P.U.’s powerful scent serves to save the day. A contrived, but nice little story that kids are sure to relate to, since they too, sometimes fall short of unrealistic expectations. 4-8.

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

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2007 Award
Time Out, Buzzy
(by Harriet Ziefert, illus. Emily Bolam, , Blue Apple $9.95 Score:) When young Buzzy, a little donkey gets sent to him room for a time out, he gives his toys a dose of the same medicine. It’s a more childlike solution than going off to the Where the Wild Things dwell.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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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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