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Product Type: Books
Award: Platinum
Age: Preschoolers
Review Year: 2012

 

 
2012 Awards
The Folk Tale Classics Keepsake Collection
(Paul Galdone, Houghton Mifflin $14.95 Score:)

Chances are you grew up with these delightful storybooks by master storyteller and Caldecott winner artist, Paul Galdone. Packaged in a boxed set, this collection of four hard covered books is a bargain and includes these favorites: The Three Bears, Three Kittens, The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse, and The Little Red Hen. Another boxed collection, the Heirloom Library includes. The Three Pigs, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Little Red Riding Hood, and The Gingerbread Boy. The two sets combined give children the essential library of folktales every child should know. 3 & up.

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

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2012 Award
The Adventures of Little Nutbrown Hare
(By Sam McBratney, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

Good news for fans of Little Nutbrown Hare. A warm and fuzzy collections of small adventures as the little one goes out into the world with Big Nutbrown never far away. These small adventures toward independence are child-size without any big scary moments. As always, the illustrations capture the special moments (such as Little Nutbrown sitting all alone in the leafy tree or blowing dandelion seeds or hanging onto Big Nutbrown's long ears)with a delightful childlike charm. 3 & up

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

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2012 Award
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs
(by Mo Willems, HarperCollins $17.99 Score:)

Who better than Mo Willems can fracture the Three Bears? The laughter began with the endpapers and did not end until the last page of this delicious picturebook! I never felt more connected to Goldilocks; who knew she was a chocolaholic! So, imagine the vicarious pleasure of Goldilocks with pots full of pudding instead of porridge. Yum! Yes. This is one big funny treat to share! 4-80.

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

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2012 Award
Bear in Love
(by Daniel Pinkwater/ Will Hillenbrand, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

Every morning Bear wakes from his cave to find a surprise waiting for him. First it is one carrot, then two - eventually a bunch. Somewhere along they way bear decides to start leaving gifts for his unknown gift giver. Try as he may, he cannot seem to stay awake and find out who is leaving these gifts. It's rare to find a quiet little story that is filled with so much suspense! The payoff is also surprising, but a gentle and amusingly tale about blossoming friendship. 3-7

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

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2012 Award
Olivia and the Fairy Princess
(Ian Falconer, Atheneum $17.99 Score:)

Tip your tiara and say hazzah to this independent and feisty gal! What with all the princess toys we receive, it's nice to find a kindred spirit, even if she is a young opinionated pig, who is just not into all that pink stuff for princesses! Unlike many continuing characters who wear thin--Olivia just keeps getting better and better. You go girl! 4-8

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

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2012 Award
Goldilocks and Just One Bear
(by Leigh Hodgkinson, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

This further adventure of Goldilocks and Baby Bear takes place in the city where a not so little Baby Bear has wandered by mistake. In a goofy adventure the tables are turned and the two classic characters rediscover each other. Sure to amuse older children who know the original tale well.   They say 3 & up, but we say old 4-5-year olds will see the connections and enjoy comparing the old and the new.

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

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2012 Award
How to Babysit a Grandpa
(by Jean Reagan/ illus. by Lee Wildish, Knopf $16.99 Score:)

Kids love upside down humor and this is a fun-filled example. Grandpa is coming over and the child narrator gives young listeners many important tips on how to be a good baby-sitter with Grandpa. From the moment he arrives the games begin and dear old Grandpa has to find his grandchild. After that there are tips on snacks to offer, getting ready to go outdoors and coming home to play good games. The cartoonish illustrations match the playful tone of this little book that is sure to tickle babysitting grandparents as well as their grandkids. 3-6.

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

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