Braille Book Review

September-October 2001

In Brief

Newsstand

The following announcements may be of interest to readers. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped reserves the right to publish announcements selectively, as space permits. Items mentioned, however, are not part of the NLS program, and their listing does not imply endorsement.

New Books from National Braille Press

The National Braille Press has announced the publication of three new titles.

Arthur's Nose, by Marc Brown, is a special print/braille edition of the first entry in this series for children on the occasion of the popular character's twenty-fifth anniversary. Includes a letter from the author about Arthur's creation and development over the years. The price is $15.95. A print-only edition is available for the same price.

Word Wise 2000, by Sharon Monthei, is a reference work for visually disabled users of Microsoft Word. The price is $22.50. The table of contents may be examined at the following URL on the National Braille Press web site: www.nbp.org/wisecont.html.

One on One: A Directory of Adaptive Technology Trainers for Blind Computer Users is a resource list of individuals and agencies that provide computer training for people who are visually impaired. The price is $12.00.

To order, contact National Braille Press, 88 St. Stephen Street, Boston, MA 02115; phone toll-free 800-548-7323; e-mail orders@nbp.org.

Braille Alphabet Tiles for Children

Arnold Dunn, a retired engineer from St. Petersburg, Florida, creates sets of wooden tiles that represent the braille alphabet. A set consists of 27 tiles, one for each letter of the alphabet plus the number sign. Approximately 2-1/2" long, each tile has smooth, beveled edges with no sharp points and button- type pegs firmly affixed in the correct configuration of a braille letter. An indentation in the top edge assists with correct alignment of the tile. The equivalent print letter is boldly shown on the back, so the tiles can be used by print-reading peers and siblings. Dunn also makes a grade 2 set of 28 tiles, which consists of common single-cell contractions.

He originally got the idea from a woodworking magazine and improved upon the design following discussions with a teacher of students who are blind at the Pinellas Center for the Blind in Florida. Dunn became convinced that children who are blind should have the opportunity to learn braille and to be exposed to it early in life, and he has made it his mission to see to it that any blind child in the United States who wants a set of braille tiles will be able to get one. He is making the tiles available free to schools for the blind and to blind children all over the country.

Working with the assistance of his wife and occasionally some helpful neighbors, Dunn can make about four sets per week. He prefers to speak to teachers or parents of children who will be using the tiles to find out if they have any special requirements.

To request a set of braille tiles, contact Arnold Dunn, 5130 Brittany Dr. S., Apt. 301, St. Petersburg, FL 33715; phone (727) 867-3818.

"Connecting the Dots" in Spanish

The American Foundation for the Blind's National Literacy Center's popular packet for parents "Connecting the Dots," which promotes early braille literacy and suggests activities and resources, has been translated into Spanish. The packet includes sources for braille children's books, suggestions for making braille books with young children, an overview of the braille code in Spanish and English, and other information that parents and teachers of young children can use. English versions are also still available.

To receive either "Conectando los Puntos" or "Connecting the Dots," contact the AFB National Literacy Center: phone (404) 525-2303; e-mail literacy@afb.net. Or contact AFB's Information Center: phone toll-free 800-232-5463; e-mail afbinfo@afb.net.


The following information is reprinted from Talking Book Topics, September-October 2001.

Newsstand

The following announcements may be of interest to readers. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped reserves the right to publish announcements selectively, as space permits. Items mentioned, however, are not part of the NLS program, and their listing does not imply endorsement.

Self-Improvement Audio Books in Spanish

A range of popular self-help books in Spanish on personal development, business excellence, and leadership is available on audio cassette from Spanish Audios. Authors represented in the catalog include Deepak Chopra, Og Mandino, and Louise Hay; prices range from $12.00 to $29.00, depending on the size of the book. For further information contact: Spanish Audios, a division of Taller del xito, Inc., 10100 W. Sample Rd., Suite 403, Coral Springs, FL 33075; telephone (954) 753-7474; fax (954) 753-3404; e-mail info@spanishaudios.com; web site www.spanishaudios.com.

Plays from L.A. Theatre Works

The new catalog from L.A. Theatre Works lists more than one hundred classic and contemporary plays, musicals, docudramas, and novels, all performed by critically acclaimed professional actors and recorded on audio cassette or CD using state-of-the-art audio technology. Prices for plays on cassette begin at $19.95. Teachers and librarians may wish to visit the L.A. Theatre Works web site for information on promotions, study guides, outreach materials, and special project packages. The nonprofit corporation, founded in 1974, is committed to producing cutting-edge work in theatre and radio. For further information, contact L.A. Theatre Works, 681 Venice Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291; telephone (310) 827-0808; fax (310) 827-4949; e-mail latw@latw.org; web site www.latw.org.


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