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2010 Award
Alfie Runs Away
( by Kenneth M. Cadow/ illus. Lauren Castillo, FSG $16.99 Score: )

A little gem of a story about a boy who wants to keep his old shoes. When his mother does not give in, Alfie announces he is going to run away. In one loving scene after another his mother makes sure that he will have everything he needs--water, a flashlight, batteries, peanut butter and crackers, his pillow and bear. Finally Alfie takes off. Though the ending is predictable, it is also reassuring. The drawings capture the youthful vitality of this spirited boy and the moments of bitter sweetness that make it both meaningful and memorable. 

Age: Preschool. Review Published: Click here to purchase the product on

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