Braille Book Review

July-August 2001
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.


Spill the Beans and Pass the Peanuts: Legumes BR 12783
by Meredith Sayles Hughes
1 volume
Presents information on the history, production, and uses of several popular members of the legume family including peanuts, lentils, peas, soybeans, and other beans. Includes recipes. For grades 4-7. 1999.

The True Story of Pocahontas BR 12810
by Lucille Recht Penner
1 volume
This is a short account of the brave young Native American who helped the English settlers of Jamestown, Virginia. Describes how her involvement with the colonists changed her life. A beginning- to-read biography. For grades K-3. 1994.

Blue Moon Soup: A Family Cookbook BR 12815
by Gary Goss
1 volume
Thirty-three soup recipes grouped by season. For winter, hearty choices: minestrone, French onion, and Cuban black bean. Summer has cold soups: gazpacho, vichyssoise, and ice cream! Ingredients are listed first, then step-by-step directions. Includes nine related recipes for breads, nachos, and croutons. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 1999.

Going for Gold! BR 12816
by Andrew Donkin
1 volume
Provides a brief history of the Olympic Games and discusses six sporting events that are part of the Games. Includes information on athletes in each sport, including track legend Jesse Owens, gymnast Kerri Strug, and tennis champ Jennifer Capriati. For grades 2-4. 1999.

The Mystery of Mars BR 12823
by Sally Ride and Tam O'Shaughnessy
1 volume
Offers a factual comparison of Earth and Mars, contrasting their atmospheric conditions and surface features and discussing the possibility of Martian life. Presents information on unmanned exploration and a history of beliefs about our closest planetary neighbor. Includes a chronology of Mars missions and Web resources. For grades 3-6. 1999.

I Once Was a Monkey: Stories Buddha Told BR 12828
retold by Jeanne M. Lee
1 volume
A retelling of six jatakas, or birth stories. Buddha used these fables featuring animals to teach principles of compassion, honesty, and clear thought before action. In "The Deceitful Heron," a heron's lies and greed lead to its own downfall. For grades 2-4 and older readers. 1999.

If You Hopped like a Frog BR 13063
by David M. Schwartz
1 volume
Compares humans with animals and insects to show what it means to compare things by ratio and proportion. Describes the tiny shrew's diet, for example, and poses the question, "What would you eat if you ate three times your weight?" PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4. 1999.

How to Write Poetry BR 13172
by Paul B. Janeczko
1 volume
Practical advice on the art of writing poetry. Provides tips on how to begin, from gathering ideas to writing progressively more complex poetic forms. Contains copious examples, recommends readings, provides checklists, and suggests uses for completed verses. For grades 5-8. 1999.

Brother Sun, Sister Moon: The Life and Stories of St. Francis BR 13189
by Margaret Mayo
1 volume
A brief biography of St. Francis of Assisi, who left his wealthy family to lead a life of poverty, good works, and kindness to animals. Includes eight legends of miracles and events associated with the saint and a poem he composed. For grades 3-6. 2000.

The Amazing Life of Benjamin Franklin BR 13192
by James Cross Giblin
1 volume
Biography of the renowned eighteenth-century printer, inventor, and statesman. Traces his career from ten-year-old apprentice up to his service as a delegate to the Constitutional convention at eighty-one. Discusses his civic contributions and scientific experiments as well as his fateful decision to support the colonies' revolution. For grades 3-6. 2000.

Taste BR 13203
by Laurence Pringle
1 volume
Explains many aspects of the human ability to taste. Describes parts of the mouth used to identify flavors; discusses food preferences and what makes some people "supertasters." Explores differences among animals' perceptions of food. Also suggests ways to protect this important sense. For grades 3-6. 2000.

The Starlight Princess and Other Princess Stories BR 13206
retold by Annie Dalton
1 volume
Eight fairy tales about princesses from Africa, Asia, and Europe. Contains "The Princess and the Pea," "The Frog Princess," "King Grizzlebeard," "The Starlight Princess," "The Sleeping Beauty," "The Twelve Dancing Princesses," "The Egg Prince," and "White- Bear-King Valemon." For grades 3-6. 1999.

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