Braille Book Review

September-October 2001
Books for Children--Nonfiction

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Nonfiction

Dinosaurs to Dodos: An Encyclopedia of Extinct Animals BR 12785
by Don Lessem
1 volume
A chronological overview of extinct life forms, progressing from one-celled sea creatures and prehistoric dinosaurs to twentieth- century mammals and birds. Provides scientific and popular names, physical characteristics, and places of origin. Discusses the eras, periods, and epochs of mass extinctions. For grades 4-7. 1999.

Stinky and Stringy: Stem and Bulb Vegetables BR 12787
by Meredith Sayles Hughes
1 volume
Describes historical origins, uses, and growing requirements of four bulb vegetables (garlic, onions, shallots, and leeks) and three stem vegetables (celery, asparagus, and rhubarb). Includes recipes. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 1999.

Cool as a Cucumber, Hot as a Pepper: Fruit Vegetables BR 12790
by Meredith Sayles Hughes
1 volume
Discusses the history and uses of plants that are normally thought of as vegetables but share some of the traits of fruits, such as tomatoes, eggplants, avocados, cucumbers, peppers, squash, and breadfruit. Includes recipes. For grades 4-7. 1999.

Kidsource: Science Fair Handbook BR 12829
by Danna Voth
1 volume
Provides basic information on creating an appropriate project-- from selecting and researching the topic and conducting the experiment to constructing a display. Includes organizational and resource tips with web sites. For grades 4-7. 1998.

When the Rain Sings: Poems by Young Native Americans BR 12833

1 volume
A collection of thirty-seven poems written by Native Americans aged seven to seventeen from all across the United States. Their works were inspired by photos of objects and people from the National Museum of the American Indian. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1999.

Yes, We Have Bananas: Fruits from Shrubs and Vines BR 12836
by Meredith Sayles Hughes
1 volume
Describes the historical origins, domestication, uses, growing requirements, harvesting, and shipping of bananas, pineapples, berries, grapes, and melons. Includes recipes. For grades 4-7. 2000.

Smell BR 12898
by Laurence Pringle
1 volume
Examines the human sense of smell and how it involves the nose and brain. Discusses the connections between smell and taste and how scent brings back memories. Concludes with advice for taking care of your sense of smell. For grades 3-6. 2000.

Hearing BR 12900
by Laurence Pringle
1 volume
Explains how sound travels in waves. Describes the parts of the ear, how they function, and the brain's role in processing sounds. Also discusses balance, animal ears, and protecting your hearing. For grades 3-6. 2000.

The Story of the Incredible Orchestra: An Introduction to Musical Instruments and the Symphony Orchestra BR 13065
by Bruce Koscielniak
1 volume
Traces the history of the orchestra, the development of musical instruments, and the growth of musical styles from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. Introduces famous composers and the instruments they feature. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4. 2000.

Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? BR 13067
by Eric Carle
1 volume
The question in the title is answered with a resounding "yes!" and so are its repetitions citing eleven other animals. An end note provides the names of animal babies, parents, and groups listed in the book. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2000.

Isaac Asimov: Master of Science Fiction BR 13179
by Karen Judson
1 volume
Biography of the prolific science fiction and nonfiction author of almost five hundred books. Discusses his formal education, with a major in chemistry, and his subsequent choice of writing as a career. Considers Asimov's place in science fiction history. Contains a chronology and a list of selected books. For grades 6- 9. 1998.

Walt Whitman: Poetry for Young People BR 13190
by Walt Whitman
1 volume
An introduction to the life and work of the nineteenth-century American poet. A biographical sketch and a description of Whitman's era are followed by a selection of twenty-six poems and excerpts from longer pieces. The choices reflect feelings of patriotism and emotions evoked by the Civil War. For grades 6-9. 1997.

Touch BR 13215
by Laurence Pringle
1 volume
Describes the sense of touch, how it differs from the other senses, how it works, and why it is important. Discusses related phenomena such as goose bumps and phantom limbs. Also examines the sense of touch in a variety of animals. For grades 3-6. 2000.


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