Braille Book Review

March-April 1999
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.

The Great Frog Race and Other Poems BR 11041
by Kristine O'Connell George
1 volume
Collection of poems featuring the sights, sounds, and smells of life in the country. The author writes of polliwogs huddled in puddles, dragonflies with wings of cellophane, the long deep lines in the plowed fields, the weeping willow that weeps piles of tears to rake in autumn, and the old wooden swing covered with snow in winter. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4 and older readers. 1997.

Love Letters BR 11042
by Arnold Adoff
1 volume
Twenty short poems for children featuring the theme of love--love of parents, teachers, pets, friends, and even siblings. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1997.

The Best of Shakespeare BR 11526
retold by E. Nesbit
1 volume
Ten of Shakespeare's plays retold in simple language. Nesbit compiled the collection after a visit to the poet's home with her children. She encouraged them to try reading some of the original plays, only to be told the writing was too difficult to understand. This volume includes Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Macbeth, and Othello. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1997.

The Complete Poems to Solve BR 11550
by May Swenson
1 volume
A collection of seventy-two poems celebrating the natural world, including such topics as cats, birds, water, sound, space and flight, and creatures. The first group of poems are riddles that challenge the reader to figure out what the poet is describing. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1993.

In a Sacred Manner I Live: Native American Wisdom BR 11551
edited by Neil Philip
1 volume
A collection of wise sayings, extracts from speeches, and songs by Native Americans from 1609 to 1995. These selections demonstrate the belief common to Indian nations that "to live in a sacred manner is to live with respect for the environment, for the community, and for oneself." For grades 4-7 and older readers. 1997.

The Planet Hunters: The Search for Other Worlds BR 11577
by Dennis Brindell Fradin
1 volume
A history of astronomy from the earliest civilizations, when man observed the stars with only the naked eye, to 1997, when the Hubble Space Telescope orbited the earth. Describes the discovery of planets and other contributions by early and recent scientists. For grades 5-8. 1997.

Alice Ramsey's Grand Adventure BR 11597
by Don Brown
1 volume
On June 9, 1909, Alice Ramsey left New York City to drive across America in a Maxwell automobile. Accompanied by three other women, she had to repair the car several times before finally arriving in San Francisco on August 7, 1909. The book describes the small towns, farms, railroad tracks, rivers, and mountains they passed along the way. For grades 2-4. 1997.

The Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt BR 11622
by Leonard Everett Fisher
1 volume
Introduces thirteen of the major Egyptian deities, beginning with the sun god Ra. Describes what each represented, how each was depicted artistically, and explains each god's role in ancient mythology. For grades 3-6. 1997.

Ice Maiden of the Andes BR 11623
by Janet Buell
1 volume
Describes the discovery of a young girl's frozen body on a mountaintop in Peru. Explains how the frozen tissue provides scientists with important biological information, even though the mummy is five hundred years old, while cultural knowledge is derived from her clothing and ornaments. For grades 5-8. 1997.

Commander in Chief Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War BR 11624
by Albert Marrin
3 volumes
Judging the Civil War to be the definitive event in the history of the United States, Marrin contends that Lincoln was our greatest president. Provides biographical information relevant to understanding why this tragedy was also known as "Mr. Lincoln's war." For grades 6-9. 1997.

The Good Guys of Baseball: Sixteen True Sports Stories BR 11625
by Terry Egan and others
1 volume
Sixteen biographies describing men in baseball who exemplify some of the best traits an athlete can possess on or off the field: loyalty, decency, determination, and the willingness to work hard. Included are Don Wardlow, a sportscaster who is blind, and Jim Abbott, a pitcher who was born with only one hand. For grades 3-6. 1997.

Bog Bodies BR 11626
by Janet Buell
1 volume
Describes how in 1984 a British archaeologist discovered the two-thousand-year-old Lindow Man buried in peat. Explains that bodies preserved in bogs are like time travelers from past civilizations that scientists study to learn about the circumstances of life and death before written records. For grades 5-8. 1997.

Ludwig Van Beethoven: Composer BR 11628
by Dynise Balcavage
1 volume
The life and times of composer Ludwig Van Beethoven, born in 1770. He began losing his hearing as a young adult but was able to communicate and to pursue his musical career by using an ear trumpet and various devices. By the age of forty-eight he was totally deaf, but he continued working despite this challenge and several debilitating bouts of illness. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 1997.

The Mash and Smash Cookbook: Fun and Yummy Recipes Every Kid Can Make! BR 11630
by Marian Buck-Murray
1 volume
Collection of recipes that lets you use your hands to mash, bash, pound, and smash up some of your favorite foods all by yourself. For breakfast you might have French fingers, for lunch munch an apple crunch sandwich, and for an afternoon snack try popcorn honeys. Most of the supper recipes do require some adult help. Includes safety tips, tools, and ingredients. For grades 3-6. 1998.

101 Questions and Answers about Backyard Wildlife BR 11654
by Ann Squire
1 volume
The author has studied many exotic animals but was amazed by all the wild creatures she found in her backyard when she moved to a large home in the country. In chapters on birds, insects, mammals, and reptiles, she describes the habits of such wildlife as owls, butterflies, spiders, rabbits, snails, and frogs. For grades 3-6. 1996.

Alexander Graham Bell: Making Connections BR 11657
by Naomi Pasachoff
1 volume
Emphasizes Bell's work and the scientific experiments leading to his invention of the telephone. Examines his personal life to explain his commitment to working with deaf people. Traces his lifelong scientific curiosity, including his studies of heredity and his pioneering efforts in aviation. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 1996.

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