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Prairie Pasque Nominees 2008-2009


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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo and Bagram Ibatoulline (Illustrator)

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Who Carved the Mountain

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Jean L. S. Patrick

Using historical facts and rollicking rhythm, author Jean L.S. Patrick reveals how and why George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt were chosen.

Grade Level: 3-6
Publisher: Mount Rushmore History Association

Behold the Bold Umbrellaplant: And Other Poems

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Jack Prelutsky

Each entry is about a creature that is part animal and part inanimate object. For instance, the Alarmadillos have alarm clocks for bodies, and the Ballpoint Penguins can write with their beaks.

Grade Level: 4-6
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

Yellow Star

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Jennifer Roy

From 1939, when Syvia is four and a half years old, to 1945 when she has just turned ten, a Jewish girl and her family struggle to survive in Poland's Lodz ghetto during the Nazi occupation.

Grade Level: 6-up
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish, Inc.

John, Paul, George and Ben

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Lane Smith

These lads were always getting into trouble for one reason or another. In other words, they took a few… liberties. And to be honest, they were not always appreciated. This is the story of five little lads before they became five really big Founding Fathers.

Grade Level: 3-5
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children

Crossing Bok Chitto

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Tim Tingle

The river Bok Chitto divides the Choctaw nation from the plantations of Mississippi. If a slave escaped and made his way across Bok Chitto, the slave was free, the slave owner could not follow. That was the law. But Bok Chitto holds a secret: a rock pathway that lies just below the surface of the water. When a slave boy and his family are befriended by a Choctaw girl, the pathway becomes part of an ingenious plan that enables the slaves to cross the river to freedom-in plain view of a band of slave hunters during a full moon.

Grade Level: 4-6
Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press

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The Prairie Bud, Prairie Bloom & Prairie Pasque Children's Book Awards are sponsored by the South Dakota Library Association . Prairie Bud winners are determined by South Dakota kindergarten, first and second grade students. Prairie Pasque winners are determined by South Dakota third, fourth, and fifth grade students. Students are encouraged to read and vote for their one favorite book of the year from the masterlists of titles. The books receiving the most votes from the students win the awards. A committee of educators and librarians select the books nominated for the awards.

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