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Nancy's picks for the best picture books & poetry of Winter 2002-2003. Compiled by Nancy Polette 2002.
Last updated: Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Carle, Eric. "SLOWLY, SLOWLY, SLOWLY," SAID THE SLOTH. Philomel Books, 2002. Gr K-3
A sloth shows other rain-forest animals the importance of moving slowly.
Corey, Shana. MILLY AND THE MACY'S PARADE. Illustrated. by Brett Helquist. Scholastic, 2002 Gr 2-4
Inspired by the first Macy's parade in 1924, the author tells of a litttle girl who finds a way to combine her family traditions with their new American heritage.
DePaola, Tomie. ADELITA. Putnam, 2002. Gr. 1-4
A Mexican Cinderella story.
Dunlap, Julie & Marybeth Lorbiecki. LOUISA MAY AND MR THOREAU'S FLUTE. Illustrated. by Mary Azarian. Dial, 2002. Gr 2-4.
The story of Louisa May Alcott's friendship with Henry David Thoreau
Dunrea, Oliver. IT'S SNOWING! Farrar, 2002. Gr K-2
Sensory images abound as a mother introduces her baby to falling snow.
Egielski, Richard. SLIM AND JIM. HarperCollins, 2002. Gr 1-3
In this "Oliver Twist" look-alike, a homeless rat named Slim is forced into a life of crime. A friendship with a kind mouse named Jim leads to a battle with the evil villian, Buster.
Fisher, Carolyn. A TWISTED TALE. Knopf, 2002. Gr K-2
When a twister mixes up all the farm animals, Bailey gets an idea to successfully sort things out.
George, Jean Craighead. CLIFFHANGER. HarperCollins, 2002.
A little dog is stranded. A storm threatens. Can a young boy rescue the dog before it is too late?
Grindley, Sally. THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE. Illustrated by Thomas Taylor. Phylis Fogelmann Books, 2002. Gr K-3
The classic tale cleverly retold and beautifully illustrated.
Kuklin, Susan. FROM WALL TO WALL . Putnam, 2002 Gr K-3
A book that will challenge kids to think about walls in new ways.
Kurtz, Jane & Christopher. WATER HOLE WAITING. Illustrated by Lee Christiansen. Greenwillow, 2002. Gr K-3
A dramatic tale of a young monkey who wants a drink at the water hole but can't get near because of the other wild animals.
Littlesugar, Amy. LISETTE'S ANGEL. Illustrated by Max Ginsburg. Dial 2002 Gr 2-4
A story of the D Day invasion and an unexpected angel that arrives at the home of a hungry, cold and frightened family.
MCaughrean, Geraldine. ONE BRIGHT PENNY. Illustrated by Paul Howard. Gr K-3
Three children are challenged by their father to fill a barn, spending no more than one penny.
Osborne, Mary Pope. NEW YORK'S BRAVEST. Illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Francher. Knopf. 2002. Gr K-3
Mose was a firefighter in the 1840s. He was eight feet tall and able to swim the Hudson River in two strokes. Here is a tall tale of heroic proportions.
Rocklin, Joanne. THIS BOOK IS HAUNTED. Illustrated by JoAnn Adinolfi. HarperCollins, 2002. Gr K-3
A great "I Can Read" book for Halloween with scary poems, rhymes and short stories told by a ghost!
San Souci, Robert D. THE BIRDS OF KILLINGWORTH. Illustrated by Kimberly Bulcken Root. Dial 2002. Gr 2-4
Based on the poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, this is the tale of how children come up with a plan to save the birds from the angry townsfolk.
Schwartz, Lew. MOBY DICK. Illustrated by Dick Giordano. Houghton-Mifflin, 2002. Gr 3-6.
A retelling, cartoon style, of the famous tale by Herman Melville.
Sharratt, Nick. SHARK IN THE PARK. David Fickling Books, 2002. Gr K-2
Get your telescope. Is there really a shark in the park? Open the book and see!
Singer, Marilyn. QUIET NIGHT. Illustrated by John Manders. Clarion, 2002.
A counting book that introduces the night sounds of forest animals.
Smith Linda. MRS. BIDDLEBOX. Illustrated by Marla Frazee. HarperCollins, 2002. Gr K-3
Mrs. Biddlebox is having a bad day. Everything seems to go wrong. So she rolled the bad day up and baked it again! A very original story.
Spradlin, Michael. THE LEGEND OF BLUE JACKET. Illustrated by Ronald Himler. HarperCollins, 2002. Gr. 2-4
The story of a white boy, who spent his first sixteen years among white settlers and the restof his life fighting them as war chief of the Shawnee.
Williams, Linda. HORSE IN THE PIGPEN. Illustrated by Megan Lloyd. HarperCollins, 2002. Gr K-2
Something strange is happening on the farm, none of the animals are where they belong. But Ma is too busy to sort them out!