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Product Type: Books
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Family and Friends

 


2006 Award
Pirate Girl
(by Cornelia Funke/illus. by Kerstin Meyer, Scholastic $15.95 Score:) When Captain Firebeard captures a little red-headed girl named Molly, he thinks he will get a huge ransom for her. But, alas, the joke’s on Redbeard when Molly’s mom comes to the rescue. “The Ransom of Red Chief” it’s not, but it’s a good yarn for young pirate lovers. 4–8.

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

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2006 Award
Are You Going to be Good?
(by Cari Best/illus. G. Brian Karas, Farrar Straus $16 Score:) Great-Gran Sadie is about to celebrate her 100th birthday. Young Robert not only has to dress up (which he likes), he is warned about so many rules of behaving that it’s bewildering. But, in true form, there’s one person who understands well when Robert starts dancing. Charming and often true—young and old often understand each other well. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Game Day
(by Tiki and Ronde Barber/illus. Barry Root, Simon & Schuster $16.95 Score:) Twin brothers, who happen to be NFL Superstars in real life, give young readers a story about their earlier years. A solid story about being a team player. A not-too-heavy-handed message in a win-win sports story. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2007 Award
Boo and Baa Have Company
(by Lena and Loof Landstrom, Farrar Straus $15 Score:) In a delightful comedy of errors, Boo and Baa, two resourceful sheep, try rescuing a cat up a tree. Boo finds himself out on a limb and unable to get down. A clever little story that builds on the concept of friendship. 3–6.

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

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2007 Award
Adele & Simon
(by Barbara McClintock, Farrar Straus $16 Score:) In turn-of-the-20th-century Paris, young Adèle picks up her little brother Simon after school, warning him not to lose his things on the way home. What follows is a series of lost objects that must be found in the Breugelesque crowd scenes. McClintock’s romp through old Paree includes a sighting of Miss Clavell and Madeline, ah oui! 5–8.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Happy Birthday, Jamela!
(by Niki Daly, Farrar Straus $16 Score:) Jamela is about to have a birthday. When she goes shopping for a special dress, she finds “princess shoes” that would be perfect. But Mama says she needs sturdy school shoes. Jamela, inspired by the sparkly shoes, decorates her new school shoes. Although Mama is annoyed, an artist neighbor is impressed. Jamela manages to get her wish—even before she blows out the candles on her cake. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Probuditi!
(by Chris Van Allsburg, Houghton Mifflin $18.95 Score:) This would have been on the Platinum Award list in our book, but it arrived too late. As always, Chris Van Allsburg spins a wonderful story that is full of suspense with a dollop of magic. After seeing a magician do hypnosis Calvin and his buddy Rodney come home and build a machine and try to hypnotize his little sister Trudy. Much to his surprise it works and then Calvin cannot figure out how to snap her out of it. Little sisters who are often left behind by big brothers will love this get even tale. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Ella Sets the Stage
(by Carmela and Steven D'Amico, Scholastic $16.99 Score:) Series often go down hill, but Ella, a little Elephant, has stories that just keep getting better. This time Ella is shy about being in the talent show, but not so competitive that she can’t help her friends. In the end they want to give her a special award for her talent as a good friend. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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That's What Grandpas Are For
(by Harriet Ziefert/ illus by Deborah Zemke, Blue Apple $12.95 Score:) Totally available, non-critical and willing, the star of this little fantasy does whatever is needed to light up the life of the narrator grandchild. After a long list of things Grandpa will do, the last part of the book shifts gears listing all the lovely ways the grandchild returns that affection. A little over the top, but it does celebrate the loving relationship that some are lucky enough to have between generations. Choose this or the Grandma version.

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

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2008 Award
Ain't Nobody a Stranger to Me
(by Ann Grifalconi/ illus. by Jerry Pinkney, Hyperion $16.95 Score:) A family story, that goes back to the days of slavery and a family of Quakers who helped in their escape. Told by a grandfather to his granddaughter, it plants the seed of how kindness, hope, and faith blossomed. Simply but beautifully told and illustrated. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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