1987 Kentucky Bluegrass Award Master Lists


Master List

1987

K-3

ANNIE AND THE WILD ANIMALS / Jan Brett
Houghton Mifflin, 1985. $12.95. Grades K-3.
The borders add an important dimension to this beautifully illustrated story of Annie and her cat.
BLACKBERRIES IN THE DARK / Mavis Jukes
Knopf, 1985. $10.99. Grades 2-5.
A visit with Grandmother after Grandfather's death provides new insight and special love.
CAT'S CRADLE, OWL'S EYES: A BOOK OF STRING GAMES / Camilla Gryski
Morrow, 1984. $9.55. Grades 3 and up.
Step-by-step illustrations and instructions for making figures with string.
DRAWING LIFE IN MOTION / Jim Arnosky
Lothrop, 1984. $11.10. Grades 2-6.
Instructions for drawing plants and animals in motion.
EMMA'S PET / David McPhail
Dutton, 1985. $7.95. Grades Preschool-K.
Emma, while searching for a pet to call her own, happens upon her father. She decides that he will be a perfect pet.
FIRST SNOW / Emily Arnold McCully
Harper & Row, 1985. $10.89. Grades Preschool-1.
A wordless picture book depicting activities to be enjoyed on a snowy day.
A GARDEN FOR A GROUNDHOG / Lorna Balian
Abington, 1985. $13.95. Grades K-3.
The O'Leary's attempt to persuade their resident groundhog to eat only those things from their garden that they are willing to give up.
GEORGE SHRINKS / William Joyce
Harper & Row, 1985. $9.89. Grades Preschool-2.
George finds some ingenious ways of completing his chores after he awakens and finds he had shrunk.
THE GHOST-EYE TREE / Bill Martin
Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1985. $11.95. Grades 1-3.
When Mama sends her young son and daughter to the other side of town for a pail of milk, on a dark, but moonlit night, their imaginations run wild.
GOOD DOG, CARL / Alexandra Day
Green Tiger Press, 1985. $11.95. Grades Preschool and up.
A wordless picture book which captures the reader in a delightful adventure with amusing results when Carl baby-sits.
GORILLA / Anthony Browne
Knopf, 1985. $8.99. Grades Preschool-2.
A fanciful story of a father/daughter relationship which concludes with a delightful surprise.
I'LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU / Hans Wilhelm
Crown, 1985. $8.95. Grades Preschool-2.
This if a tender story of a boy and his dog.
IMOGENE'S ANTLERS / David Small
Crown, 1985. $9.95. Grades Preschool-2.
Imogene's malady, the sudden emergence of a full set of antlers, is met with a variety of responses.
MISCHA AND HIS BROTHERS / Hans Baumann
Green Tiger Press, 1985. $11.95. Grades 1 and up.
A beautifully illustrated folk tale which depicts man' s exploitation of animals.
MISS NELSON HAS A FIELD DAY / Harry Allard
Houghton-Mifflin, 1985. $12.95. Grades 1-3.
The notorious Miss Swamp reappears at the Horace B. Smedley School. This time to get the football team in shape.
TOMIE DE PAOLA'S MOTHER GOOSE / Tomie de Paola
Putnam, 1985. $17.95. Grades Preschool-2.
Tomie de Paola has given the Mother Goose an innovative format. The collection provides enjoyment and entertainment to readers of all ages.
MYSTERIES OF HARRIS BURDICK / Chris Van Allsburg
Houghton-Mufflin, 1984. $14.95. Grades 1 and up.
A wonderful book which enhances creativity and catapults readers into a world of make-believe.
NAPPING HOUSE / Don and Audrey Wood
Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1984. $11.95. Grades K-2.
In this cumulative tale, a wakeful flea, atop a number of sleeping creatures, causes quite a commotion, with just one bite.
PAPER CRANE / Molly Bang
Greenwillow, 1985. $12.88. Grades K-3.
The collage-like illustrations strengthen this lovely folk tale of a mysterious man and a paper crane which comes to life.
POLAR EXPRESS / Chris Van Allsburg
Houghton-Mufflin, 1985. $15.95. Grades 1-3.
An exquisitely beautiful message of faith and the essence of Christmas. The illustrations merited the Caldecott Award.
PRINCE SPARROW / Mordicai Gerstein
Four Winds Press, 1984. $10.95. Grades 1 and up.
A selfish princess is changed by the love of a sparrow. The lesson is told in a humorous manner.
SAM JOHNSON AND THE BLUE RIBBON QUILT / Lisa Ernst
Lothrop, 1983. $11.75. Grades K-3.
While mending the awning over the pig pen, Sam discovers that he enjoys sewing the various patches together, but he meets with scorn when he asks to join his wife's quilting club.
TALKING TO THE SUN: AN ILLUSTRATED ANTHOLOGY OF POEMS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE / selected by Kenneth Koch and Kate Farrell
Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1985. $18.95. Grades K and up.
Poems from various time periods and counties are organized by theme and illustrated with art works from New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.
TOO MANY BOOKS / Caroline Feller Bauer
Warne, 1984. $10.95. Grades K-2.
A child collects so many books that she doesn't know what to do with them all.
THE TREK / Ann Jonas
Greenwillow, 1985. $11.88. Grades Preschool-3.
Describes the imaginative adventures a young girl experiences upon leaving her house. The illustrations are an intricate part of the story.
THE VERY BUSY SPIDER / Eric Carle
Philomel, 1985. $14.95. Grades Preshcool-2.
A multi sensory story which follows the progress of a spider as she builds her web.
WATCH THE STARS COME OUT / Riki Levinson
Dutton, 1985. $12.95. Grades Preschool-3.
Two small children join a group of immigrants on board a ship to America. Their arrival and the emotions shared by the new citizens, portrays the meaning of life in America.
WHEN PANDA CAME TO OUR HOUSE / Helen Zane Jensen
Dial, 1985. $11.95. Grades K-4.
Panda spends time with a young girl, sharing his cultural background and friendship. Wonderful insight into some aspects of Oriental life.

4-8

ANASTASIA ON HER OWN / Lois Lowery
Houghton Mifflin, 1985. $10.95. Grades 5-7.
Anastasia is again creating joyful havoc as she assumes responsibility for the household while her mother is out of town.
COME SING, JIMMY JO / Katherine Paterson
Lodestar, 1985. $12.95. Grades 5 and up.
A gifted young country singer joins his family's musical group and becomes an instant celebrity.
CRACKER JACKSON / Betsy Byars
Viking, 1985. $11.95. Grades 5-7.
A twelve-year-old boy doesn't know what to do when his ex-baby sitter and her child are threatened by her husband.
KENTUCKY DAUGHTER / Carol Scott
Clarion, 1985. $12.95. Grades 6-9.
Mary Fred is excited to be leaving her depressed mining area in Kentucky in order to attend a city high school in Virginia. The experiences she has are not always pleasant.
THE LAND I LOST: ADVENTURES OF A BOY IN VIETNAM / Huynh Quang Nhuong
Harper & Row, 1982. $9.89. Grades 4-7.
This autobiographical story of childhood in Vietnam provides information about the culture and traditions.
LEGEND DAYS / Jamake Highwater
Harper & Row, 1984. $10.89. Grades 7 and up.
Abandoned in the wilderness after smallpox devastates her tribe, eleven-year-old Amana acquires from Grandfather Fox a warrior's courage and a hunter's prowess.
THE MARVELOUS MUSIC MACHINE: A STORY OF THE PIANO / Mary Blocksma
Prentice-Hall, 1984. $10.95. Grades 3-7.
Shows how the piano works, its development from earlier instruments, and gives advice on playing and maintaining a piano.
PRAIRIE SONGS / Pamela Conrad
Harper & Row, 1985. $10.89. Grades 5-8.
Louisa's childhood on the Nebraska [prairie is forever altered by the arrival of the new doctor and his beautiful, frail wife.
SARAH, PLAIN AND TALL / Patricia MacLachlan
Harper & Row, 1985. $8.89. Grades 3-5.
A mail order wife in a frontier setting brings love and hope to a lonely man and his two children.
WAITING TO WALTZ: A CHILDHOOD / Cynthia Rylant
Bradbury, 1984. $10.95. Grades 5 and up.
The emotions of pre-adolesdence are expressed in a collection of potent poetry.
WHERE THE RIVER BEGINS / Thomas Locker
Dutton, 1984. $14.89. Grades 4-6.
In a simplistic manner, the origins of a river are traced. The illustrations are elegant.
WHO PUT THE CANNON IN THE COURTHOUSE SQUARE? / Kay Cooper
Walker, 1985. Grades 6-8.
A relevant guide to investigating the past. A very useful book.

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