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Product Type: Books
Age: Late Elementary School Years
Categories: Science
Subcategories: Animals


2004 Award
The True-Or-False Book of Dogs
(by Patricia Lauber/ illus. by Rosalyn Schanzer, HarperCollins $15.99 Score:) Did you know that all are descended from wolves? Or that dogs bark more than wolves? Do dogs hear more than we do? This true-and-false book answers questions that even an avid dog lover might not have asked. 6–9.

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

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2004 Award
Close to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916
(by Michael Capuzzo, Crown $16.95 Score:) One of the most suspenseful books of the season, Close to Shore is an artful blend of drama, history and science. It’s hard to believe that in 1916 swimming in the ocean was a new sport and scientists believed that man-eating sharks lived only in myths! When a rogue great white shark strikes repeatedly off the Jersey Shore and then moves on to the New York beaches, mass hysteria breaks out. You’ll have to read parts of this with your eyes closed! A top-notch adaptation of an adult book by a master storyteller. Be forewarned, this may turn the tide on your future dips in the deep blue sea. 9 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2005 Award
(Nick Dowson/illus. by Jane Chapman, Candlewick $15.99 Score:) Lyrical prose is counterpointed with interesting facts that together convey the story of the Tigress and her young. Chapman's illustrations capture the cubs as they grow from small enough to be carried by their necks, to big enough to pounce and hunt for food. Imagine—in 18 months, tiger cubs learn all they need to know, and slink off through the jungle grass to begin their independent lives. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2006 Award
(by Lila Prap, Kane Miller $14.95 Score:) Why do hyenas laugh? In bold print around the amusing illustration, there are all sorts of silly answers. But to the right a scientific explanation tells all. A collection of questions about animals such as the zebra, kangaroo, monkey, and many more are answered in the same way. Kids might enjoy making up more Q & As to go with other animals. 6 & up.

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

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2007 Award
Sharks and Other Sea Monsters
(by Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart, Candlewick $27.99 Score:) In typical fashion, Sabuda has created yet another incredible pop-up book. This is darker and the information denser than most. If your young reader is taken with the world of sharks, whales, scorpions, and prehistoric sea monsters that still live, this is a book to dive into. There will be lots of ooohs and aahhhhs as the pages, large and small, pop open. They say 5 & up; we think this will be a waste for kids under 7 or 8 but enjoyed by those well beyond—say 40 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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