Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award

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Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award includes Caramba, When You Were Small, Please, Louise!, Mattland, Timmerman Was Here, I Know Here (2010) and , Mr. Zinger's Hat.

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Caramba

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Caramba
Caramba is a fat, furry, striped cat with a big problem. “Every single cat in the world can fly,” he sighs, “except me!” Caramba would love to swoop and glide between the clouds, to feel the wind whistling through his fur. He tries to soar into the sky over and over again but always lands flat on his face, until finally he sadly accepts that he is earthbound. “Don't be such a scaredy-cat,” cry his cousins. “All cats are meant to fly!” They grab his paws and whisk him up into the sky for an impromptu flying lesson that ends with a big splash… and a surprising discovery in this beautifully illustrated story with a special message of self-acceptance.

When You Were Small

When You Were Small
All children like to hear stories about when they were small. In this charming picture book by Sara O'Leary and Julie Morstad, a young boy and his father reminisce together before bedtime. For chidren there is a whole period of their life that they can not remember and, for all they know, it could have been the most magical time of their life.

Please, Louise!

Please, Louise!

Louise is an irresistible force, determined to be as close to her brother as she possibly can. Jake tries everything he can think of to make her leave him alone, but she refuses to go away. When Jake, in desperation, wishes Louise were a dog, he is suddenly faced with a terrifying dilemma. Louise is gone and a little dog seems to have taken her place. Can his wish have come true? This evocative picture book, by renowned author Frieda Wishinsky and acclaimed illustrator Marie-Louise Gay, is ideal to read aloud and shares a witty and poignant lesson about siblings.

Mattland

Mattland
Matt is miserable. The subdivision where he now lives is surrounded by nothing but muddy fields of rocks and sticks. But when Matt ventures out, his imagination kicks in. He draws a muddy, winding line and names it Snake River. A pile of rocks becomes the Dog Tooth Mountains. Just like that, Mattland is born. Soon a little girl shows up with a handful of helpful odds and ends. Piece by piece, she and Matt expand their new world with popsicle-stick bridges and scrap-paper boats. And when a rainstorm finally threatens to wash everything away, all the neighborhood kids appear and help stave off the flood. Evocative of childhood friendships and with sublime illustrations that brighten in color as the story progresses, Mattland is an inspiring ode to cooperative play.

Timmerman Was Here

Timmerman Was Here
Timmerman is mysterious. Moreover, he is bitterly resented by the young girl who lives in the same boardinghouse. After all, he occupies her beloved granddad's now-vacant room. How dare he think he can take that space?

But try as she might, the girl cannot dislike him forever. Timmerman is kind, gentle, and soft-spoken to everyone, even the dog, who lets him untangle her matted coat. Despite herself, the girl becomes fond of him.

When rumors begin to fly, she tries not to listen. But it's hard, especially when Timmerman is often seen late at night, wandering the streets with a shovel and sack over his shoulder. Is he stashing stolen goods? Burying dead cats? The girl takes a black eye for defending him at school. Even so, curiosity compels her to ask the question she knows she shouldn't ask. Though Timmerman promises an explanation in time, he avoids a direct answer and disappears shortly after, leaving the girl to worry and wonder.

Not until spring is the answer to Timmerman's nighttime walks beautifully presented, leaving the entire street with a living memory of Timmerman's presence.

Timmerman Was Here is a charming tale of mystery, perception, and the gift of friendship.

I Know Here

release date: Feb 23, 2010
I Know Here
The little girl in this story lives in a trailer near a forest where her father is building a dam. Everything in her world is familiar and precious to her. But the dam is nearly finished and the family is moving to the city, which the little girl knows only as a place marked by a big red star on the map at school. Have the city people seen what I have seen, she wonders? The teacher suggests that she draw something that she wants to remember to take away with her when she leaves, and the little girl decides to draw what she knows — her road and everything her world contains — so that she can keep it with her always.

Mr. Zinger's Hat

Mr. Zinger's Hat
Cary Fagan is the award-winning author of several young adult novels and picture books. This wonderful new story is about stories, and story-telling, and is sure to enchant and instruct children at home and at school for years to come.
 
This is the story of a bored little boy, who meets a man, and together they build a story. This story within a story is charming and changes both their lives... and quite possibly the readers as well.
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