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Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Holiday Books

 


2009 Awards
The Christmas Magic
(by Lauren Thompson/ illus. by Jon J. Muth, Scholastic $16.99 Score:)

A quiet little story transports young listeners to Santa’s home where step by step he prepares for the special magic of the big night when he will take flight. Beautifully told with an economy of words that set the mood of Santa’s journey and illustrations that match the elegant prose.
When Santa’s sleigh is revealed behind the tall shed doors on realizes, yes, of course it has to be in such a place all the year round. Mrs. Claus is not in this story. Neither are the elves. But they are not missed. This is a very old fashioned Santa who trims his own beard, oils his own black boots, and checks that very large book with the names of all the boys and girls he will bring gifts to in his very large sack! A charmer! 
 

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

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2001 Awards
Seven Spools of Thread
((by Angela S. Medearis/illus. by Daniel Minter), Whitman $15.95 Score:) In a village in Ghana, seven brothers quarrel from day to night. When their father dies he leaves his possessions to them only if by sundown they can turn seven spools of colored thread into gold. Although this is called a Kwanzaa story, it is a timeless and memorable tale about working together for a common good. In this case, they create the very special woven Kente cloth that they sell for gold in the market. A memorable pour quoi-style tale with striking woodcuts filled with the symbols of Kwanzaa. 5 & up.

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

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2001 Awards
If You Take a Mouse to the Movies
(HarperCollins $15.95 Score:) A Christmas treat from the team that created If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. The movie popcorn is needed for the Christmas tree of course and that's where the fun begins! A "read it again" romp. 3 & up.

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

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2001 Awards
This Next New Year
(by Janet Wong/illus. by Yangsook Choi, Farrar Straus $16 Score:) Not long after January 1st passes comes the "next" new year—the lunar, or Chinese New Year. Wong calls it a second chance for hope. With few words and vibrant images some of the customs and their meaning are captured in this lively book. 4–8.

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

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Awards
Gershon's Monster
(by Eric A. Kimmel/illus. by Jon J. Muth, Scholastic $16.95 Score:) Gershon never regretted his mistakes. He simply threw them into the cellar and for the New Year he tossed them into the sea. But when he is blessed with children he learns to rethink his self-centered ways. Suspenseful & satisfying! 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: .

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2001 Award
On the Day the Tall Ships Sailed
(by Betty & Michael Paraskevas, Simon & Schuster $16 Score:) Through the eagle's eyes we get a glimpse at the tall ships sailing into New York Harbor. The Paraskevas capture the spirit of that special day as the eagle soars past the ships, sailors, and the spectators. A beauty! 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Attack of the 50-Foot Teacher
(by Lisa Passen, Holt $16 Score:) After Miss Irma Birmbaum gives homework on Halloween she is magically transformed into a fifty-foot giant who is reminded of the joys of the season. 5–8.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
A Big Spooky House
(by Donna Washington/illus. by Jacqueline Rogers, Hyperion $15.99 Score:) Taken from the oral tradition, this spooky tale builds and builds as a big, strong braggart tries to face down his fears of the mysterious John he keeps hearing about. 5–9.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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1999 Awards
The Can-Do Thanksgiving
(by Marion H. Pomeranc/illus. by Nancy Cole, Albert Whitman $16 Score:) Lots of kids participate in food drives during the holidays, but they don't always understand where their donations go. Here's a good starting place for that conversation. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 1999.

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2001 Award
A Letter to Santa Claus
(by Brigette Weninger/illus. by Anne Moller, North-South $15.95 Score:) When Oliver, a poor child, hears about Santa he uses the gift of a balloon to send his wishes north. But the balloon sails south and a grumpy old man finds it. His unselfish letter transforms the "bah-hum-bug" man and the boy's life. 4–8.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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