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Product Type: Books
Award: SNAP
Age: Preschoolers
Review Year: 2013

 

 
2013 Awards
jacob's eye patch
(Beth Kobliner Shaw & Jacob Shaw/ illus. by Jules F, Simon & Schuster $17 Score:)

Jacob is impatient to get to the store. Today is the big day. He's getting the light up globe he's been longing for, only at every turn there seem to be people delaying Jacob and his mom. Mostly the delays are about the patch he wears on his good eye to make his weak eye stronger. Jacob has no time for this today. With humor and not a whole lot of medical info, this lively book says a lot to kids with similar conditions and to kids who are curious about them. The afterward written by nine-year old Jacob and his mom add another dimension. Illustrated by Jules Feiffer, this is a book for kids on both sides of a patch.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses
(by Kimberly and James Dean, HarperCollins $17.99 Score:)

Pete puts on a pair of magic sun-glasses that turn his gloom into sunshine. If only cheering up could be that simple, right? Without apology, this is one of those contrived message books that are as simplistic as most TV sitcoms, but that said, it has a repetitive story line that makes it a good choice for beginning readers. As an added value kids can go to the harpercollins.com website and see animated video versions of this and other Pete the Cat stories online. 4-8

Check out the HarperCollins online free audio/video, a good way to encourage kids to follow along and develop a variety of reading skills and pace.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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Maisy's First Numbers
(Lucy Cousins, Candlewick $6.99 Score:)

As always, Maisy keeps it simple and this small counting book is a good example. Maisy sticks to counting from one to five with the numeral on one page and the objects on the facing page. Written in rhyme, this is a good read-aloud for little lap sitters. Done in sturdy board stock that toddlers can explore without ripping.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2013.

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Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Going to School?
(by Bill Martin Jr and Michael Sampson/ illus. by L, Amazon $16.99 Score:)

No reluctance about going to school in this bouncy picture book. Kitty Cat's day is full of fun and the daily events of early school days. Told in bouncy verse that is reminiscent of that old rhyme, "Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Go upstairs..." 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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Pip and Posy The Snowy Day
(Axel Scheffler, Candlewick $12.99 Score:)

Pip and Posy enjoy all the typical fun of a snowy day until they have a snow throwing quarrel over making a snow mouse or snow rabbit. A small story about friends who learn how to make up. A bit didactic, but may be a helpful way of talking about a typical preschool problem ( or should we say, a life problem, that is seldom solved so easily.) Maybe we will send our review copy on to Congress.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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Baby and Me
(by Emma Dodd, Candlewick $14.99 Score:)

With tabs to pull and textures to touch and feel, this is a sturdy book for new big sisters who like to play at being Mommy. Baby and Me would make a good big sister gift, along with a new baby doll to care for and love. 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Awards
Look What I Can Do!
(by Nancy Viau/ illus. Anna Vojtech, Abrams $16.95 Score:)

Have you ever thought about what it must be like to learn to catch a fish for a bear cub or catch a fly if you were a little frog? In this rather unscientific book, each of the young creatures has a task it aspires to and accomplishes. Like the child at the end of the book who wants to hop, skip and hit a ball, learning is not always easy. A reassuring picture book that may help young doubters who are often impatient to grow up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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I Spy on the Farm
(by Edward Gibbs, Candlewick $14.99 Score:)

Big bold illustrations of familiar farm animals are featured in the playful book with cutout holes that allow a partial view of the animal hidden on the next page. The text offers a clue to help the little listener guess who will show up when the page is turned. Based on the original game and always popular game of I Spy With My Little Eye, this is a fun way to introduce toddlers to knowing and naming, color concepts and animal sounds. It includes letter names. For young toddlers we suggest skipping the letter names - use the sound the letter make as a hint or skip the letters altogether for young listeners. That's something they can grow into.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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