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

 


2013 Award
Tap the Magic Tree
(by Christie Matheson, Greenwillow $15.99 Score:)

Listeners must do their part as they tap, clap, shake and make the seasons change in this imaginative book about a tree. There are no lift up flaps or pop-up pages. The transformation of a leafless tree happens as young listeners are asked to wiggle their fingers or jiggle a little before the pages are turned. It's a little bit of science mixed with a good helping of imagination that takes you through the year.

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

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2013 Awards
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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2013 Award
Cinderelephant
(Emma Dodd, Scholastic $16.99 Score:)

Recast with a seriously strange cast, this retelling of Cinderella is visually fun and full of not too subtle word play. Cinderelephant's ugly cousins are two warthogs, known as the Warty Sisters and her fairy godmother is a small mouse who provides a stretch limo and requisite ballroom fashions. It's apparent from the start that Prince Trunky, son of King Saggy and Queen Wrinkly, will find his mate when Cinderelephant appears. There are few surprises here. That said, it is amusing to share and compare with the original. Do a bit of comparative lit and maybe spin another Cindy Tale with a different cast and even a different adventure. 4 & up.

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

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2013 Awards
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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2013 Awards
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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2013 Awards
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 Award
Captain Cat
(by Inga Moore, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

Captain Cat loves cats. He foolishly trades valuable objects when he sees another cat. As a trader he is something of a failure until he visits an island where they are having a problem that he and his cats can solve. Inga Moore's folktale style art matches her amusing story (unless of course, you are squeamish about a few pages that feature the demise of many rats.) There's a good yarn here that will make for entertaining reading.

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

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2013 Award
I Spy Pets
(by Edward Gibbs, Candlewick $14.99 Score:)

Newest in the I Spy with My Little Eye series. This time the cut out on each page hints about a pet that is revealed with the turn of a page. The special feature of the pet's fur, feathers, scales are seen through a small opening and then are seen in one very lavish illustration on the reveal page. Made with sturdy paper stock, this is made for little hand and their page turning explorations. There is not a lot of language, but there is a lot of possible talk and illustrations that are memorable. Good for knowing and naming fun. 2-5.

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

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2013 Award
Maisy's Fairground
(by Lucy Cousins, Candlewick $17.99 Score:)

Just in time for summer and all the annual fairground attractions, Maisy and her pals will give little ones a preview of the fun they may expect to have or the fun of replaying some of the rides they may have enjoyed. The action packed pull tabs make the bumper cars move, and there's a bouncy castle, a swing that goes high and low, a giant slide, a roller coaster, ferris wheel, treats to eat and a merry-go-round, of course. You'll want to use this together, since little hands may accidentally break the paper engineering pieces. That said, this is a fun interactive book. 3 & up.

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

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2013 Award
Have You Seen My New Blue Socks?
(Eve Bunting/ illus. Sergio Ruzzier, Houghton Mifflin $16.99 Score:)

Duck cannot find his new blue socks. So begins this journey in verse with Duck asking fox and oxand finally the peacocks if they by chance have seen his socks. A fun read-aloud and a good one for breaking the code for beginning readers. Itís a one-joke book that is pretty predictable, but probably satisfying enough to hear more than once.

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

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