Braille Book Review

January-February 2000
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.

This page includes Web-Braille links to full-text braille versions of books. Eligible patrons may sign up for Web-Braille through the library that handles their braille magazine subscriptions.

Lives of the Presidents: Fame, Shame (and What the Neighbors Thought) BR 11927
by Kathleen Krull
1 volume
Unusual biographical facts about the personal lives of the presidents of the United States. Discusses the presidents as fathers, husbands, pet owners, and neighbors. Provides information on hairstyles, favorite foods, and sports and also some bad habits and fears. For grades 3-6. 1998.

The Third Planet: Exploring the Earth from Space BR 11932
by Sally Ride and Tam O'Shaughnessy
1 volume
The astronaut Sally Ride describes Earth, the third planet from the sun, as viewed from a space shuttle and satellites. Explains how ordinary cameras and instruments that measure light gather information from space to help scientists understand the planet's atmosphere, oceans, land mass, and life-forms and their interactions. For grades 4-7. 1994.

Ultimate Soccer BR 11962
by Ivor Baddiel
2 volumes
Presents a brief background of the game of soccer, followed by information on rules, techniques, formations, and championships. Lists top goalscorers and summarizes achievements of outstanding national teams. Profiles twelve of the greatest players. Traces the history of the FIFA World Cup. Includes a "Test Your Knowledge" quiz. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1998.

Stonewall BR 12000
by Jean Fritz
1 volume
Biography of the Confederate general Thomas Jackson, who was affectionately nicknamed "Stonewall." Orphaned at age seven, he did not have much formal schooling. Yet he graduated from West Point at age twenty-two. Tells how his determination and self-discipline helped him fulfill his ambitions. For grades 4-7. 1979.

Pegasus BR 12024
retold by Marianna Mayer
1 volume
When heroic Bellerophon is sent on a mission to kill the monster Chimera, he realizes he is being sent to his doom. A wise man advises him to seek the help of the magical winged horse, Pegasus. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 3-6. 1998.

Measuring Penny BR 12026
by Loreen Leedy
1 volume
When Lisa has a homework assignment to measure something, she chooses her dog, Penny, and she tries to measure all the other types of dogs in the park, too. After returning home, Lisa calculates how much food and water Penny consumes, and she figures out the cost of having a pet--in time and money but not in love, which can't be measured. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4. 1997.

Ouch! A Tale from Grimm BR 12027
retold by Natalie Babbitt
1 volume
When a baby boy, Marco, is born to an ordinary family, a fortune-teller predicts he will marry a princess. But the king puts many obstacles in his way, including an errand to the devil. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1998.

The Night before Christmas BR 12029
by Clement Moore
1 volume
Original version of the well-known Christmas poem about a visit from St. Nicholas. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1998.

Ray Charles: Soul Man BR 12071
by Ruth Turk
1 volume
Biography of the black musician who was blinded by glaucoma as a child. Charles left school at an early age to pursue his musical career. He traveled from his home in Florida to form different bands and became a popular performer of international renown. Covers periods of Charles's life from childhood to age sixty-three. For grades 4-7. 1996.

Science in Ancient Rome BR 12081
by Jacqueline L. Harris
1 volume
Discusses how Romans improved their own lives by applying scientific knowledge originally acquired by the Egyptians and Greeks. Describes building achievements based on the arch, as well as metalworking, medical advances, and measuring time. For grades 5-8. 1998.

The Ultimate Book of Kid Concoctions: More than Sixty-five Wacky, Wild, and Crazy Concoctions BR 12094
by John E. Thomas and Danita Pagel
1 volume
Instructions for creating high-quality crafts, toys, and modeling materials using common household ingredients. All-time favorites such as gooey gunk, funny putty, and instant volcano are included, as well as directions for making fruity lip gloss, sandcastle clay, and kookie creepies. Adult supervision is recommended. For grades 3-6. 1998.

Keeping Water Clean BR 12098
by Ewan McLeish
1 volume
Explains worldwide water problems, including pollution and shortages, and suggests ways to prevent future crises. Gives advice on how individuals can practice conservation at home and in school. Includes a glossary and resources for further information. For grades 3-6. 1998.

The Great Apes BR 12122
by Geoffrey C. Saign
1 volume
Saign describes the four species of apes--gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees, and their smaller cousins, bonobos--that are the closest living relatives of humans. Discusses physical, emotional, intellectual, and social characteristics, and provides information on efforts to save these primates from extinction. For grades 3-6. 1998.

The Solar System BR 12135
by Paul P. Sipiera
1 volume
Describes the formation of the solar system and each of the planets. Includes a glossary, index, and further sources. For grades 3-6. 1997.

Stars BR 12136
by Paul P. Sipiera
1 volume
Explains the birth, life, and death of stars. Includes a short history of stargazing. For grades 3-6. 1997.

Constellations BR 12137
by Diane M. and Paul P. Sipiera
1 volume
Discusses the origin, purpose, and observation of constellations and describes their importance to ancient civilizations. Contains a glossary and additional resources including web sites. For grades 3-6. 1997.

Galaxies BR 12138
by Paul P. Sipiera
1 volume
Introduces the concept of a galaxy and describes different types: elliptical, spiral, and irregularly shaped galaxies. Discusses the importance of galaxies in understanding the universe. For grades 3-6. 1997.

Earth BR 12139
by Larry Dane Brimner
1 volume
Basic facts about the planet. Contrasts ancient people's ideas about Earth with what modern scientists think. Describes the Earth's physical characteristics, its place in the solar system, and its satellite, the Moon. For grades 3-6. 1998.

Venus BR 12141
by Larry Dane Brimner
1 volume
Describes the planet Venus, including ancient beliefs surrounding it as well as information gathered from several space probes. Contains glossary and sources for additional information. 1998.

Project Apollo BR 12142
by Diane M. and Paul P. Sipiera
1 volume
Describes the eighteen missions of Project Apollo, including the tragedy that took the lives of three astronauts as well as the successes of landing on the Moon and linking up with Soviet cosmonauts in space. For grades 3-6. 1997.

Project Gemini BR 12143
by Diane M. and Paul P. Sipiera
1 volume
Describes the twelve missions of Project Gemini resulting in the first manned space flight and the first walk in space. Explains the differences between Project Mercury and Project Gemini, discusses problems in orbit, and provides a list of the astronauts. For grades 3-6. 1997.

Project Mercury BR 12144
by Diane M. and Paul P. Sipiera
1 volume
A brief history of space travel, including the six missions of Project Mercury that led to the walk on the Moon. Lists the astronauts who participated and the problems they encountered. For grades 3-6. 1997.

Black Holes BR 12145
by Paul P. Sipiera
1 volume
Defines and explains black holes as well as mass, gravity, and velocity. Introduces the theories of Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein. For grades 3-6. 1997.

Mars BR 12153
by Larry Dane Brimner
1 volume
Presents ancient beliefs and basic facts about the Red Planet. Discusses the information sent by space probes passing Mars and from the 1997 landing of Pathfinder on the planet's surface. Concludes with plans for further exploration. For grades 3-6. 1998.


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