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Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Folk Tales

 


2010 Award
Goldilocks and the Three Bears, A Tale Moderne
(by Steven Guarnaccia, Abrams Books $18.95 Score:)

These "hip" bears live in split-level home furnished in mid- century style. The story is the same, but the look is totally a la Eames and Noguchi. Kids might like to find all the ways that this telling is different or the same as the original. Chances are they will quickly realize that these bears were going to eat chili rather than porridge. But then, one must suspect that the artist has never had chili, since the bowls are filled with a green liquid. O.K. I am being literal. So maybe it is a green chili. But as one who loved the Arne Jacobsen "Egg" chair, it would never be described as 'way too soft' by anyone. That said, if you like to mix art history with your folktales, this is for you. From the creator of The Three Little Pigs, An Architectural Tale, also for art lovers.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Me and You
(by Anthony Browne, FSG $16.99 Score:)

Here's a new take on the old Goldilocks story. These Three Bears are urban dwellers that find their breakfast porridge too hot. So in true Three Bear tradition they go for a walk. Juxtaposed with the bears, young Goldilocks is shown in multiple frames on alternating facing pages. She runs off in the first sequence, chasing a balloon that she never catches. Instead, she happens upon a house with an open door and the rest is history. There's a lot to look at in the small frames and children can no doubt tell you the story from the pictures. As always, Browne makes lively art that is child-friendly. Browne adds no strange twists here. Goldilocks is a city kid with a hoodie and glasses and looks nothing like the typical folktale charmer. His Three Bears talk about their work and the house as they walk in the park. Their art is more pastel and picturbooky. For the most part, it's a rather straightforward telling of the tale, just set in a more realistic world. 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
(by Emma Chichester Clark, Candlewick $14.99 Score:)

Here's an oversized picture book of a classic. It flows nicely and will be a good read aloud. The language tends to be a tad more current than the usual telling. But that is not a problem. The detailed paintings with all their patterns and color are charming until Goldie is frightened and her hair stands up on end. Somehow such a comic book image feel a little misplaced in this otherwise old-fashioned book. That said, your preschooler will probably love this version. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Rubia and the Three Osos
(by Susan Middleton Elya/ illus. Melissa Sweet, Hyperion $15.99 Score:)

Did you ever hear the story of three Latino osos and a little gal, by the name Rubia with curls of oro? Yes you have--but not this way. This is an amusing version of the Three Bears punctuated with perfectly placed Spanish words. It's light and silly and fun for the reader as well as the listener. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Dingo Dog and the Billabong Storm
(by Andrew Fusek-Peters/ illus. by Anna Wadham, Child's Play $7.99 Score:)

Dingo Dog is a bully and all the other animals are fed up with his nasty ways. Together they come up with a plan to trick the nasty Dingo and manage to teach him a lesson in this lively retelling of a traditional Australian folktale. A fun way to introduce young listeners to trickster tales that are found in almost all cultures. 4-7.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
The Mitten
(by Jan Brett, Putnam $17.99 Score:)

A 20th Anniversary edition of a classic Ukranian folktale. Nickie wants his grandmother to make him mittens that are white as snow. She fears they will get lost, but makes them anyway. Sure enough, Nickie loses a mitten and it becomes a cozy place for one creature after another...until a small mouse arrives and upsets the balance. Another version of this tale was released this season with charming illustrations by Barbara McClintock and a slightly different telling by Jim Aylesworth. It might be fun to share both tellings with young listeners, asking them to tell what is different and what is the same. Comparing the same story helps children understand how folktales have a way of evolving...and even gives them the idea that they too can retell famiiar stories in their own words and way.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009.

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2009 Award
The Mitten
(retold by Jim Aylesworth, illus. by Barbara McClin, Scholastic $16.99 Score:)

An old Ukrainian folktale is retold in lively fashion that just begs to be read outloud! The charming wintery scenes and the ever expanding lost mitten with all the creatures who inhabit it make for an 'Oh, no!' moment. A classic tale refreshed for another generation. This version is somewhat different from the familiar Jan Brett telling. The creatures in this telling are more familiar. Also the lost mitten in the new telling is red, not white and when the little mouse arrives on the scene the mitten does more than expand. But not to worry. As in the Brett telling, grandmother is a kindly soul. It might really be fun to read both versions to children and talk about how they are the same and how they differ.

 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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Awards
Strega Nona Takes a Vacation
(by Tomie dePaola, Putnam $16.99 Score:) by Tomie dePaola, Putnam $16.99) When the lovable witch, Strega Nona, dreams of her childhood she decides to return to her grandmother's seaside house. While Strega's away, the bumbling Big Anthony stirs up a bubbly mess as dePaola serves up a tale overflowing with mirth! 4-8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: .

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2001 Awards
The Eagle & the Wren
(retold by Jane Goodall/illus. by Alexander Reichst, North-South $15.95 Score:) Who can fly the highest? All the birds get into a boasting contest that can only be won on the wing. As one bird after another gives up it appears that eagle has won until a tiny wren crawls out of the eagle's feathers and continues to fly. A charming tale about how we need each other. 48.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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1994 Awards
Caps for Sale
(by Esphyr Slobodkina, HarperTrophy $3.95 Score:) What happens when an old peddler falls asleep and a tree full of monkeys take his stack of hats? With its repetitive refrain and humor, this favorite read aloud gives kids a chance to feel so much smarter than the peddler. A classic!

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 1994.

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