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Product Type: Books
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: History
Subcategories: Historic Fiction

 


2004 Award
Hallelujah Handel
(Douglas Cowley/illus. by Jason Walker, Scholastic $16.95 Score:) Handel is not just a famous composer, he is a man with a social conscience who worries about the homeless orphaned children on the streets of London. In this historic fiction storybook he rescues a child who cannot speak, but sings like an angel. In truth, he gave the royalties for his Messiah’s Hallelujah Chorus to support a foundling home for such boys. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Boxes for Katje
(by Candace Fleming/illus. by Stacey Dressen-McQuee, Farrar Straus $16 Score:) After WWII, families in war-torn Europe had little food, clothing, or other comforts. Organizations in the USA encouraged children to send small packages to children in Europe. In this charming story, an exchange of letters and packages grows from a small box to boxes enough for the whole town. 5–8.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
The Name Quilt
(by Phyllis Root/illus. by Margot Apple, Farrar Straus $ Score:) Sadie loves getting tucked in at Grandma’s house with the special "name quilt" and the story that goes with each of the names. But one day a summer storm takes the quilt along with the rest of the laundry and Sadie is sure the family stories have gone, too. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Ice-Cream Cones for Sale!
(by Elaine Greenstein, Scholastic $15.95 Score:) Who invented the ice cream cone? Not one, but six men and one woman claim to be the inventor. Here’s a bit of a mystery, history, and some advice on how to enjoy an ice-cream cone. 5–8.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Fishing Day
(by Andrea Davis Pinkney/illus. by Shane W. Evans, Hyperion $15.99 Score:) Reenie and her Mama go fishing for carp down at the Jim Crow River with corn kernels for bait. A poor white boy and his father have the wrong bait until Reenie shares some of their corn and in her own way takes the first steps toward breaking down one small barrier that Jim Crow represents. 5–9.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
My Brothers' FLying Machine
(by Jane Yolen/illus. by Jim Burke, Little Brown $16.95 Score:) What’s the old cliché—behind every successful man there’s a woman? Well here’s the story of two legendary men and their little-known but important sister. Her behind-the-scenes encouragement and support add a new dimension to the story of the Wright brothers. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Just Like Josh Gibson
(by Angela Johnson/ illus. By Beth Peck, Simon & Schuster $15.95 Score:) This is a younger story than Mighty Jackie, the Strike-out Queen. It’s also about an African-American girl who loves to play baseball. Growing up in the 40’s it doesn’t matter that she plays as well or better than most of the boys. That is, until the day when her cousin Danny hurt his arm and the All Star team needed a ninth player. Told as a memoir about Grandmama, there’s a bio of her hero, Josh Gibson, one of the giants of the Negro League who never got to play in the major league. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2006 Award
Kamishibai Man
(by Allen Say, Houghton Mifflin $17 Score:) Based on his childhood in Japan, Say recalls the kamishibai man who used to come to the neighborhood (much like the Good Humor Man) to sell candies along with cliffhanger stories that grew each day. TV finished this old tradition, but here the kamishibai man returns to his old neighborhood and is received lovingly by his former children and a new generation. As always, the art is splendid, while the story may interest adults more than children. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Lizzie Nonsense, A Story of Pioneer Days
(by Jan Ormerod, Clarion $15 Score:) Here is Little House in the Outback . . . a charming picture book set in pioneer days in Australian bush country when Papa needs a week to travel fifty miles. That leaves Lizzie, her mom, and baby sister alone in an isolated place where dingoes howl at night, along with other dangers. But Lizzie’s imagination turns out to be just the right kind of “nonsense” to carry them through. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Patchwork Path, A Quilt Map to Freedom, The
(by Bettye Stroud/illus. by Erin S. Bennett, Candlewick $15.99 Score:) A father and daughter attempt to escape the plantation in this handsomely illustrated work of historic fiction. Using quilt patterns that were really messages, escaping slaves found help along the way on their journey to freedom. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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