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Product Type: Books
Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Folk Tales

 


2004 Award
Goldie and the Three Bears
(by Diane Stanley, HarperCollins $15.99 Score:) This Goldie is highly opinionated and basically can’t find a good friend. When she gets off the school bus at the wrong stop, she stops at the three bears’ house and finds more than the usual adventure. 5 & up. For a more traditional telling, see Goldilocks and the Three Bears (retold by Jim Aylsworth/illus. by Barbara McClintock, Scholastic $15.95 1?2), an unabridged version of a beloved story. 4 & up.

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

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2006 Award
The Fairy Tale Cake
(by Jonathan Langley/illus. by Mark Sperring, Scholastic $15.95 Score:) Imagine if every character from your favorite nursery tales got together to make a special cake for your birthday! It’s fun to study the pages of this charming book looking for old favorites such as “The Three Little Pigs,” “The Gingerbread Boy,” and “The Three Bears,” to mention just a few. This is more about the pictures than the story, but when there’s a birthday cake at the end, it’s likely to please—especially if you sing “Happy Birthday” to finish it off! 4–8.

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

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2006 Award
The Knight Who Took All Day
(by James Mayhew, Scholastic $15.99 Score:) In this spoof, a not-so-gallant knight seems more concerned with his appearance than in saving his kingdom from a fiery dragon. It is a young princess who tames the dragon and goes off with the patient young squire to live happily ever after! Though some might wonder why. 4–8.

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

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2006 Award
Honey...Honey...Lion!
(by Jan Brett, Putnam $16.99 Score:) An African folktale about a honeyguide bird and a honey badger who usually work together. But one day the badger fails to share and the next day the clever bird leads him to a less-than-sweet treat. 4 & up.

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

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2007 Award
The Gingerbread Girl
(by Lisa Campbell Ernst, Dutton $16.99 Score:) A year has passed since the fox outsmarted the Gingerbread Boy. When the lonely old couple decide to try again, they create a spunky Gingerbread Girl who leads them on a merry chase, proving that history need not repeat itself! 4–8.

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

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2007 Award
Pancakes for Supper!
(by Anne Isaacs/illus. by Mark Teague, Scholastic $16.99 Score:) Broadly based on the Little Black Sambo story, this has none of the usual baggage. Unlike recent retellings, it is not a conscious PC rendering. Here, the heroine falls out of her parents’ wagon and cleverly avoids being eaten alive by giving each of five wild animals a piece of her clothing that they believe makes them most attractive. When the five disagree on who is the best, they end up in a chase that turns them into maple syrup. You guessed it—young Toby and her parents use that sweet ending on their pancakes. A keeper. 4 & up.

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

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