Braille Book Review--May-June 1997

Books for Children--Nonfiction

Books listed in this issue of Braille Book Review were recently sent to cooperating libraries. The complete collection contains books by many authors on fiction and nonfiction subjects, including animals, geography, nature, mystery, sports, and others. Contact your cooperating library to learn more about the wide range of books available in the collection.

To order books, contact your cooperating library.

175 Amazing Nature Experiments BR 9938
by Rosie Harlow and Gareth Morgan
3 volumes
Activities, projects, experiments, games, and crafts to investigate how nature works. Most suggestions need only common materials to help one discover how things grow; learn about small creatures, trees, and leaves; and find out why the seasons change. For grades 3-6. 1991.

Listen for the Bus: David's Story BR 10021
by Patricia McMahon
1 volume
It's David's first day of kindergarten at the public school. With the help of his teacher and classmates, David, who is blind and has a hearing impairment, finds his classroom and participates in all the activities. After school, David does more things that are fun, like horseback riding. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4. 1995.

What Do Authors Do? BR 10023
by Eileen Christelow
1 volume
Authors get ideas for their books at strange moments and in unusual places. Rufus, a dog, and Max, a cat, are each owned by an author. Follow Rufus and Max as they each watch and inspire their masters with an idea for a book and see it through to publication. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1995.

Ezra Jack Keats: A Biography with Illustrations BR 10024
by Dean Engel and Florence B. Freedman
1 volume
As a small boy in Brooklyn, Ezra Keats loves to draw. His father objects, afraid Ezra will become a starving artist. When his father dies, Ezra must give up an art scholarship to support the family. He keeps painting, though, and is a success with children's books. One he writes and illustrates, The Snowy Day (BR 4677), wins the Caldecott award in 1962. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 3-6. 1995.

The Book of North American Owls BR 10475
by Helen Roney Sattler
1 volume
The large eyes of an owl take up more space in the owl's head than its thimble-sized brain. Because owls can't roll their tube-shaped eyes, their necks are extremely flexible, allowing them to turn their heads backwards or upside down. Humans are the main enemies of owls. The author discusses these and other facts about owls and describes members of the two owl families. For grades 4-7. 1995.

Many Thousand Gone: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom BR 10492
by Virginia Hamilton
1 volume
Collection of sketches tracing the history of African Americans from the earliest days of slavery to the Emancipation Proclamation. Relates the lives of Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, a prince born in Africa, and other African Americans who struggled for freedom, including Elizabeth Freeman, Nat Turner, Sojourner Truth, Dred Scott, Harriet Tubman, and Frederick Douglass. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 1993.

The Hidden Life of the Desert BR 10629
by Thomas Wiewandt
1 volume
Description of how plants and animals have learned to live within the limits of the five seasons of the northern part of the Sonoran Desert in the American Southwest. Creosote, saguaro cactus, paloverde, and century plants provide food and shelter for rodents, insects, lizards, toads, coyotes, and bighorn sheep. For grades 4-7. 1990.

Cowgirl Dreams: A Western Childhood BR 10632
by Jennifer Owings Dewey
1 volume
The author tells of growing up on her architect father's New Mexico ranch in the 1950s. Her father is often angry and doesn't understand, but ranch foreman Bill helps her learn about life and raise Jerome, a pig who is the runt of the litter. For grades 4-7. 1995.


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