Braille Book Review

November-December 2001
Books for Children--Nonfiction

The following books were recently produced for the NLS program. To order books, contact your braille-lending 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.

Nonfiction

Glorious Grasses: The Grains BR 12838
by Meredith Sayles Hughes
1 volume
Explains how humans have cultivated and used various grains including wheat, rice, corn, millet, oats, barley, and rye. Discusses the nutritional value of these cereal products and provides recipes. For grades 4-7. 1999.

Tall and Tasty: Fruit Trees BR 12839
by Meredith Sayles Hughes
1 volume
Describes historical origins, uses, and growing requirements of fruit trees such as apple, mango, fig, peach, and various citrus. Includes recipes. For grades 4-7. 2000.

Flavor Foods: Spices and Herbs BR 12842
by Meredith Sayles Hughes
1 volume
Describes the historical origins, uses, and growing requirements of various spices and herbs derived from flowers, fruits, leaves, bark, seeds, roots, and rhizomes. Includes pepper, vanilla, nutmeg, horseradish, licorice, ginger, cinnamon, mustard, basil, rosemary, saffron, and parsley. For grades 4-7. 2000.

The Complete Poems of Winnie-the-Pooh BR 12911
by A.A. Milne
1 volume
Originally written to entertain the author's son, Christopher Robin, some of the verses are about the boy's stuffed animals. This volume contains both the first collection, When We Were Very Young, published in 1924, and the second, Now We Are Six, published in 1927. For grades K-3. 1927.

The New York Public Library Amazing Native American History: A Book of Answers for Kids BR 12989
by Liz Sonneborn
2 volumes
Questions and answers present information on the history and culture of various Native American tribes. Provides brief responses to such questions as "Where did the first Indians come from?" "Did Indians celebrate Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims?" "How were totem poles made?" and "What is a powwow?" For grades 5-8. 1999.

Ida B. Wells: Mother of the Civil Rights Movement BR 12999
by Dennis Brindell Fradin and Judith Bloom Fradin
2 volumes
Biography of a woman who was born a slave and became a civil rights leader. Best known for her fight against lynching African Americans, Wells was a founding member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Describes her accomplishments, crusades, and personal life. Some violence. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2000.

Gershon's Monster: A Story for the Jewish New Year BR 13076
retold by Eric A. Kimmel
1 volume
Once a year on Rosh Hashanah, Gershon would stuff his thoughtless acts into a sack and throw them into the sea. But when his sins threaten the lives of his beloved twin children, Gershon truly repents of his wicked ways. A retelling of a Hasidic legend. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2000.

Sight BR 13241
by Laurence Pringle
1 volume
Describes the parts of the human eye and how they work. Discusses color blindness, visual perception, animal eyes, and eye care, among other topics. For grades 3-6. 2000.

Dragon Bones and Dinosaur Eggs: A Photobiography of Explorer Roy Chapman Andrews BR 13242
by Ann Bausum
1 volume
A biography of the great explorer-adventurer who discovered huge fields of dinosaur bones and a complete nest of dinosaur eggs in Mongolia during the 1920s. Explains how Andrews pioneered modern paleontology field research using a team of specialists on his five expeditions to Asia. For grades 5-8. 2000.

Multiple Sclerosis BR 13245
by Edward Susman
1 volume
Description of the disabling condition of the nervous system--a malady that usually strikes women--affecting 350,000 in the U.S. Using case histories, discusses the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of multiple sclerosis. Relates the history of the disease and research advances. For grades 4-7. 1999.


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