1985 Kentucky Bluegrass Award Master Lists


1985 Master List

ANGELINA BALLERINA / Katharine Holabird
Crown, 1983. $5.95. Grades Preschool-2.
When a little mouse becomes consumed with the desire to dance, nothing but trouble follows. Her parents finally enroll her in ballet classes and the story proceeds to a calm ending. Those who appreciate detail will thoroughly enjoy the illustrations.
ARNOLD OF THE DUCKS / Mordicai Gerstein
Harper & Row, 1983. $10.95. Grades K-3.
Unusual things happen to Arnold when he is a baby and he ends up being raised by a mother duck as if he's one of her ducklings. He is returned to his human mother and father several years later, but he remembers his "duck ways" and his duck mother and brothers.
BEAR'S ADVENTURE / Brian Wildsmith
Pantheon, 1982. $9.95. Grades Preschool-2.
Bear finds a hot air balloon in the woods and goes to sleep in the basket, thinking it's a den. He wakes up as the balloon is drifting over a large city---and his amazing adventures begin!
THE BOOK OF PIGERICKS / Arnold Lobel
Harper & Row, 1983. $9.50. Grades 2 and up.
Thirty-eight "pigericks" tell about an amazing group of pigs---one with a long neck, one plays the flute for snails, one wears sixteen coats in winter. One even makes soup that taste like glue.
CARS AND HOW THEY GO / Joanna Cole
Harper & Row, 1983. $9.50. Grades 2 and up.
Simple in format, but surprisingly detailed, this colorful book explains the workings of the gasoline combustion engine and other automotive systems.
DAWN / Molly Bang
Morrow, 1983. $9.50. Grades 2-4.
Dawn, by Molly Bang, is a sad but beautiful story. It is the story of a shipbuilder, his daughter, and his wife. The shipbuilder's wife lives with a secret that should be shared with no one, but unfortunately it is revealed.
DEAR MR. HENSHAW / Beverly Cleary
Morrow, 1983. $8.00. Grades 3 and up.
Through letters and a diary directed to his favorite author, Leigh Botts chronicles the feelings and experiences of a boy faced with his parents' divorce, a new home and a new school. The approach is humorous, yet realistic. Newbery winner.
GLORIOUS FLIGHT: ACROSS THE CHANNEL WITH LOUIS BLERIOT / Alice & Martin Provensen
Viking Press, 1983. $12.95. Grades 1-6.
A picture book account of the first flight across the English Channel by Louis Bleriot in 1901. 1984 Caldecott Medal winner.
LEGEND OF THE BLUEBONNET: AN OLD TALE OF TEXAS / Tomie DePaola
Putnam, 1983. $10.95. Grades Preschool-3.
Based on an old Indian legend, this is the story of the love that an orphaned Comanche girl had for her people, and how that love brought a new flower to the area that we now call Texas.
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD / Brothers Grimm. Retold and illustrated by Trina S. Hyman
Holiday, 1982. $13.95. Grades Preschool-3.
How will it end? There are several versions of this story around. The illustrations in this retelling of an old favorite make it a treat for readers of all ages, and parts of the story may be told differently than the accustomed.
MISS RUMPHIUS / Barbara Cooney
Viking Press, 1982. $12.95. Grades K-3.
In some way we all try to make the world a nicer place for our having been there. That is what Miss Rumphius wants to do. but how? Her search takes her to many interesting places.
OAK & COMPANY / Richard Maybe
Greenwillow, 1983. $9.00. Grades 1-3.
Oak & Company is a beautifully illustrated book that relates the life of a single oak tree from its beginning as an acorn to its death. With some imagination and adaptations, a great science project could be based on this book.
THE OLD BANJO / Dennis Haseley
Macmillan, 1983. $9.95. Grades 1-5.
This story describes how a few forgotten old, musical instruments brought a few moments of joy to a farmer and his son. If you listen closely, you can hear the music after the story ends.
OUTSIDE OVER THERE / Maurice Sendak
Harper & Row, 1981. $14.00. Grades K and up.
Have you ever heard the saying, "The goblins are going to get you if you don't watch out?" This story describes how one little girl outsmarted the goblins.
THE PHILHARMONIC GETS DRESSED / Karla Kuskin
Harper & Row, 1982. $10.00. Grades K-3.
For behind-the-scenes look at a symphony orchestra, read this book. It shows how members of the Philharmonic Orchestra get ready for a performance.
RANDOM HOUSE BOOK OF POETRY FOR CHILDREN / Jack Prelutsky
Random House, 1983. $13.95. Grades All ages.
Take a break...with poetry! This is not your typical book of poetry. Poems about everything from dinosaurs (p. 79) to pizza (p. 152) are included. Try it...you'll like it!
SINGING BEE! A COLLECTION OF FAVORITE CHILDREN'S SONGS / Edited by Jane Hart; Anita Lobel, ill.
Lothrop, 1982. $16.00. Grades All ages.
One hundred twenty-five songs, including lullabies, Mother Goose rhymes, finger plays, singing games, folk songs, rounds, and holiday songs, complete with piano accompaniment and guitar chords.
THE WRECK OF THE ZEPHYR / Chris Van Alsburg
Houghton Mifflin, 1983. $14.95. Grades 2-4.
A magical story of flying ships, mystery and a young boy's desire to be the greatest "sailor in the world". Ethereal full-color paintings illustrate the story. By the author of the Caldecott Medal book, Jumanji.

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AMISH ADVENTURE / Barbara Smucker
Herald Press, 1983. $6.50. Grades 6 and up.
Ian, a boy who has lived in big cities all his life, is taken in by an Amish family and lives with them for a period of time. He learns about a whole new, and simpler, way of life and makes new friends.
CHILDREN OF THE WILD WEST / Russell Freedman
Houghton Mifflin, 1983. $12.95. Grades 4 and up.
Fascinating and informative combination of historical photographs, text and reminiscences focusing on children of the frontier.
DRACULA IS A PAIN IN THE NECK / Elizabeth Levy
Harper & Row, 1983. $9.50. Grades 2-6.
This is not just another summer camp story. And , this is not a story about just any summer camp. This summer camp has been invaded by Dracula. What can be done?
ESCAPE OR DIE: TRUE STORIES OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO SURVIVED THE HOLOCAUST / Ina R. Friedman
Addison-Wesley, 1982. $9.95. Grades 5 and up.
Twelve powerful stories of courageous young people who were caught in the cruelty of Hitler's regime and survived. Illustrated with photographs.
GOODNIGHT, MR. TOM / Michelle Magorain
Harper & Row, 1982. $11.00. Grades 7 and up.
Abused by his deranged mother, Willie Beach is evacuated from London on the eve of World War II and housed in a remote English village with Mr. Tom, a lonely old man. This is the story of the trust and love which gradually develop between them. A Carnegie Medal Winner for mature readers.
THE HIGHWAYMAN / Alfred Noyes
Lothrop, 1983. $9.00. Grades 4 and up.
The exciting story-poem of a beautiful girl's tragic love for a robber. Handsome illustrations on every other page.
HIROSHIMA NO PIKA / Toshi Maruki
Lothrop, 1982. $13.25. Grades 5 and up.
The story of the destruction of Hiroshima by atomic bomb during World War II as told by a Japanese woman. This picture book has won several awards.
I WILL CALL IT GEORGIE'S BLUES / Suzanne Newton
Viking Press, 1983. $11.95. Grades 6 and up.
Every town has its share of phonies, but life can get pretty rough for Neal, Georgie, and Aileen when the biggest phony of all in their small town is not only their minister, but also their dad.
MEDIEVAL FEAST / Aliki
Harper & Row, 1983. $9.50. Grades 2-6.
Ever wonder where you could get a good serving of Boars Head, Cow's Tongue, or even Cockentrice? These and many other foods, both familiar and exotic are served to the king and his party when they come to stay for a few days at Camdenton Manor.
ROAD TO CAMLANN: THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR / Rosemary Sutcliff
Dutton, 1982. $11.50. Grades 4-7.
The story of King Arthur, Queen Guenever, and Sir Lancelot comes to an end in this last enchanted tale of the trilogy written by Rosemary Sutcliff. The other two books in the series are, The Sword and the Circle and The Light Beyond the Forest.
SECRETS OF A WILDLIFE WATCHER / Jim Arnosky
Lothrop, 1983. $9.50. Grades 5 and up.
A nature lover's delight! Filled with lots of practical advise on finding wild animals, this handbook also offers stalking and observation techniques.
SIGN OF THE BEAVER / Elizabeth G. Speare
Houghton Mifflin, 1983. $8.95. Grades 5 and up.
A 1984 Newbery Honor Book. After meeting an Indian boy, thirteen-year-old Matt begins to discover new means of survival in the Maine wilderness of the 1700's.
A SOLITARY BLUE / Cynthia Voight
Atheneum, 1983. $10.95. Grades 7 and up.
The relationship between Jeff and his father grows more distant as his mother, who had deserted the family years earlier, reenters his life.
SUGARING TIME / Kathryn Lasky
Macmillan, 1983. $10.95. Grades 4-7.
A 1984 Newbery Honor Book. Join the Lacey family of central Vermont as they gather maple sap for processing into delicious maple syrup.
THE TALKING EARTH / Jean C. George
Harper & Row, 1983. $9.50. Grades 6 and up.
A 15-year-old Seminole Indian girl goes into the Florida everglades to seek a better understanding of her people's beliefs and ways. From her experience, she learns to live in harmony with nature and all of its inhabitants.
A TIME TO FLY FREE / Stephanie S. Tolan
Scribner, 1983. $11.95.
Josh is a gifted 10-year-old whose miserable school experience forces him to find refuge with an old man who runs a "bird hospital". Like the injured birds he works with, Josh finds healing and learns about caring, freedom and acceptance.
UNRIDDLING / Alvin Schwartz
Harper & Row, 1983. $9.50. Grades 3-7.
Subtitle is "All sorts of riddles to puzzle your guessery. Collected from American folklore." A gem of a book for teasing the mind and "strengthening for the brain"-full of riddles, tricky questions, jokes and more.
THE WISH GIVER: THREE TALES OF COVEN TREE / Bill Brittain
Harper & Row, 1983. $9.50.
Fascinating stories set in a small town where the lives of three people change drastically when their wishes are granted and accompanied by bewildering and frightening consequences!

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