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Product Type: Books
Award: Gold
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Review Year: 2012

 


2012 Award
Lost and Found
(by Bill Harley/ illus. Adam Gustavson, Peachtree Press $16.95 Score:)

When Justin lost a hat his Grandmother made for him, his mother insists that he needs to take better care of his things. Justin takes this to heart and discovers a Lost and Found box in Mr. Rumowsky’s office. Each trip into the giant box has its own fears that are overcome. Justin brings forth treasures for others, but not his own missing hat. Still, when Gram comes visiting Justin has a hat that appears to be the missing one. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
2013 Almanac for Kids
(Scholastic $13.99 Score:)

Everyone in the family will enjoy dipping into this compendium of interesting facts about the tallest, deepest, most, least and other such trivia. As always the colorful pages of this annual are crammed full of stats and facts that will inform and entertain. 8 & up.


Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Penny and Her Doll
(by Kevin Henkes, Greenwillow $12.99 Score:)

When Penny receives a gift from her Gram, she is thrilled to have a pretty new doll. But what is the doll's name? Papa says she will find the right name and Penny does exactly that. An easy to read book that beginning readers, who are fond of dolls, will relate to and find success reading. Level 1.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Dixie Wins the Race
(by Grace Gilma/ illus. Jacqueline Rogers, Harpercollins $16.99 Score:)

An amusing, if predictable, story about Dixie, a dog who wants to run in the relay race with her girl, Emma. When Emma drops the baton you know who is going to cross the finish line. Told with a minimum of words for the true beginner. Lively and light reading for building success. Level 1.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Curious George Says Thank You
(by Emily F. Meyer and Julie M. Bartynski/ illus. b, Houghton Mifflin $12.99 Score:)

This is one of the new Curious George books written in the style of the original. The stories are less complex and sometimes a bit didactic, though this one manages to make a thank you notes into something that might be fun. When George receives a thank you note for a birthday gift he likes the idea, especially putting stickers on cards. Any story that instills the idea of saying thanks for gifts strikes this reviewer as a positive idea. Great literature it is not--but it does make a good story that can be followed up with stickers, paper, markers and thank-you notes for holiday gifts. Also see, Splat says Thanks You!

We notice that online there is a book with stationary package. That looks like a great combo for followup fun.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Goldilocks Variations
(by Allan Ahlberg/ illus Jessica Ahlberg, Candlewick $17.95 Score:)

Goldilocks seems to have been in the air this season with several new variations on the classic story. Allan Ahlberg, the creator of the Jolly Postman, has done a collection of amusing versions, one with not three but thirty-three Bears. Among the several stories is a pop-up play, one with a cottage that grows into a tall house and several other stories with pull the tab variations. This is a novelty book with some entertaining surprises for kids who know the original tale and may like making up further adventures of their own for these classic characters.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Me and Momma and Big John
(by Mara Rockliff/ William Low, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

New Yorkers will especially relate to this story about a stonecutter at St. John the Divine. She's a working mom who lives in a modest home and trudges home each night dusty and tired. Yet her dedication speaks to the devotion she brings to her work. When the stone she has completed is finished she brings the children to see it. Her son John is disappointed at first that her name is not on it. But even the children come to understand the community of workers who have dedicated themselves to a common cause. Handsome illustrations light up the story whether in the modest apartment or under the stained glass window in the cathedral that has been in construction for more than a century.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Olive and the Big Secret
(Tor Freeman, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

Keeping a secret is so hard to do. That's what Olive finds out, the hard way. After trying hard not to tell, she confides in a friend who has trouble holding on to the secret, too. An amusing little tale that goes full circle and opens the way to talk about secrets. 4 - 7

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Body Actions
(by Shelley Rotner/ David A White, Holiday House $16.95 Score:)

A look inside the human body with photographs overlaid with diagrams of the body's main systems. A simple clear text accompanies each of the photos and give young readers a beginning understanding of how the main body organs work to make us move, breathe, digest, and think. A lot of big concepts told in language that does not overwhelm.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
The Christmas Tugboat
(by George Matteson and Adele Ursone/ illus. James , Clarion $17.99 Score:)

Stories about the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree always have a special appeal. This one is really a story about the process of how the tree is sometimes brought by tugboat and barge and gives young readers a peek into the ride one tugboat captain and his wife and daughter took up the Hudson and back again. There is not a lot of suspense in the story, but the art is handsome and gives a back story to an iconic annual event. Of course, this is just one of the many stories in the city about Christmas Trees past. It might be fun to check out where most of the tees have come from over the years.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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