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Award: Platinum
Review Year: 2013

 


2013 Award
Coral Reefs
(Seymour SImon, HarperCollins $17.99 Score:)

Newest in Seymour Simon's excellent collection of young science books. His clear prose and the full color photos give readers a close-up look at the colorful world that thrives just off tropical sunny shores. Simon never talks down to his readers, but helps them stretch as he opens new views of living things in the sea. Read it aloud to your 6-7 or bring it home for 8's and up to read on their own.

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

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2013 Award
The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf
(by Mark Teague, Orchard $16.99 Score:)

Somehow variations on the Three Little Pigs keep coming and in the hands of Mark Teague, both the telling and the showing make for a very merry romp. Here a somewhat bad wolf goes through his usual paces at the usual straw and stick places. But when he gets to the brick house you are in for a surprise. It should be no surprise that the smart pig with the bow on her head is the one who is clever enough to build her house of bricks. Like so many of her gender she is able to predict outcomes. But, here's the spoiler alert: There is no chimney scene and all's well that ends well. It's easy to imagine what fun it could be hamming it up (oops, couldn't resist) as you share this fractured tale. 4-7

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

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2013 Award
It's a Busload of Pigeon Books
(by Mo Willems, Hyperion $24.99 Score:)

Three of our favorite Pigeon stories come scaled down and packed in a cardboard book case. Easy-to-read and lively, these are a great choice for beginning readers. Wry humor, action, and limited text instill a love of reading and a sense of success for first graders.

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

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2013 Awards
Quack Like a Duck
(By Harriet Ziefert/ illus. by Simms Taback, Blue Apple $8.99 Score:)

Great illustrations of barnyard animals by the late Simms Taback. Printed on sturdy stock, this is a good lapbook for hamming it up and playing around with animal sounds. A good knowing and naming book to share with toddlers, who will love the "magical" motion of the hologram duck on the cover and making animal sounds.

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

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2013 Award
Safari, A Photicular Book
(Created by Dan Kainen/ written by Carol Kaufmann, Workman $24.95 Score:)

A new form of technology gives readers an innovative new way of seeing. With accompanying text for each of the eight featured creatures, this is first and foremost an eyecatching book with motion! Sure you can see a gorilla chew on film, but the gorilla inside this book seems to come alove as you lift the flaps and set the little video in motion. There is an opening that sets the scene of a safari in Kenya. Each of the animals come alive as the sections are turned. Wait till you seethe cheetah dashing, the lion racing, the rhino charging, the elephant flap its big ears and others. All ages.

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

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2013 Awards
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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