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Product Type: Books
Award: Gold
Age: Preschoolers
Review Year: 2013

 


2013 Award
Curious George Saves His Pennies
(by Monica Perez/ illus. by Mary OíKeef Young, Houghton Mifflin $12.99 Score:)

Based on the characters of the original Curious George books by Margaret and H.A. Rey, this little story starts out in a toy store where George is supposed to be shopping for a gift for a friend but falls in love with a wooden train. His big friend, the man in the yellow hat suggests that George can save his pennies for it. Of course, he manages to do so in record time but then looses his piggy bank. All's well that ends well and this is no exception. Like many of the original Curious George books this has some big messages that come through without being preachy-well maybe a little. There's also a pullout cardboard bank for saving pennies in, although pennies may be out-moded since they cost more than a penny apiece to mint. 4-7

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Lucky Ducklings
(by Eva Moore/ illus. by Nancy Carpenter, Orchard $16.95 Score:)

Based on a true rescue story that happened far from the Boston Commons, Lucky Ducklings resonates (in a good way) with the classic story of Make Way for Ducklings. Nancy Carpenter's ducklings and proud Mama Duck have their own distinctive and lovable look. When Mama leads her babies across the road they fall into a storm drain and are rescued by the joint efforts of many caring people. It's the image of the policeman holding up traffic to let the ducks cross that pays homage to Robert McCloskey. Read both books and compare what is the same and different. Do a bit of comparative lit for beginners.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Here Comes Trouble
(by Corinne Demas/ illus Noah Z. Jones, Scholastic $16.95 Score:)

Emma's dog, Toby does not like cats, especially the cat from next door. So, when Pandora arrives for a visit poor Toby is an unhappy camper in his own home. In a nicely paced and lively story that snooty cat ends (spoiler alert) up a tree and itís Toby who ends up the hero. 

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Lois Ehlerts's Growing Garden
(HMH $14.99 Score:)

For the growing season this set of three handsome picture books may well inspire a new crop of young gardeners. These are all reissued in a smaller paperback format that retains the artful look of the originals. Eating the Alphabet is an alphabet book of fruits and veggies. Growing Vegetable Soup is a treasure of artful veggies with a recipe for making soup. Planting a Rainbow is a color concept book with more than 20 different kinds of flowers. The gift package comes with a poster to hang in the kitchen or a child's room.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Maisy Grows a Garden
(Candlewick $14.99 Score:)

As always, Maisy's pop-up action is simply splendid as the illustrations trace the steps in making a garden. Pull the tab and see Maisy dig the ground and discover the worm below! Pull the next tab and Maisy plants the seeds in a row. Pull again and Maisy is watering the plants. Turn and pull to see the seedlings pop up! Pull up and help Maisy tug the weeds out of the garden. At last, there is a crop to pick and finally on the last page some beautiful sunflowers that open. Young science for the youngest lapsitter. 2 1/2 & up

For follow up fun, try planting some seeds indoors that can be moved outside when the ground gets warm. Or try making an avacado pit or seeds from an orange sprout on the windowsill.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
It's a Firefly Night
(by Dianne Ochiltree/ illus. Betsy Snyder, Blue Apple $12.99 Score:)

A young science book that recalls a night of catching, observing and then freeing fireflies. Told in verse, this little story will be familiar to kids who have enjoyed the magic of capturing the blinking lights of firefly night. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Award
Give Up, Gecko!
(retold by Margaret Read MacDonald/ illus. Deborah , Amazon $16.99 Score:)

Based on a folktale from Uganda, Give Up, Gecko! is a gem of a read-aloud with lots of repetition. Children will soon be chanting along with the reader, cheering each of the thirsty animals seeking water. Told with wit and perfect pacing, the story and playful illustrations speak to big ideas about sticking to a task and that being small is not a measure of what one can do. In MacDonald's telling, one can almost hear the village storyteller pouring this tale out to young and old alike as they gather by the fire. 4-8

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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