Braille Book Review

January-February 2002

Books for Children--Fiction


A Year down Yonder BR 12930
by Richard Peck
1 volume
During the 1937 recession fifteen-year-old Mary Alice from Chicago is sent to live with feisty Grandma Dowdel in rural Illinois. There she learns about small-town ways and grows to love her grandmother. Sequel to A Long Way from Chicago (BR 12129). For grades 6-9. Newbery Medal. Bestseller 2000.

The Secret of Shadow Ranch BR 12944
by Carolyn Keene
1 volume
Nancy Drew arrives in Arizona for a fun-filled vacation and immediately finds herself involved in the search for a phantom horse and a hidden treasure. For grades 3-6. 1931.

The Secret of Red Gate Farm BR 12945
by Carolyn Keene
1 volume (Reissue)
A reluctant saleswoman, a very expensive bottle of perfume, a girl who faints on a train, and a crude stranger on the same train pull Nancy Drew into a mystery that involves her with the Secret Service. For grades 3-6. 1931.

Mary Poppins Opens the Door BR 12971
by P.L. Travers
2 volumes (Reissue)
In this sequel to Mary Poppins Comes Back (BR 5488) Jane and Michael light off a fireworks rocket. But instead of producing a starburst in the sky, the flare's single spark turns out to be Mary Poppins, who takes the Banks children on more marvelous adventures. For grades 4-7. 1943.

Mary Poppins BR 12972
by P.L. Travers
1 volume (Reissue)
An extraordinary English woman blows in on the East Wind with her parrot-headed umbrella and magic carpetbag to become the Banks family's new nanny. Mary Poppins introduces her elder charges, Jane and Michael, to some delightful people and experiences. Prequel to Mary Poppins Comes Back (BR 5488). For grades 4-7. 1934.

The Wind in the Willows BR 12977
by Kenneth Grahame
2 volumes (Reissue)
Relates the escapades of four animal friends--Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger--who live along a river in the English countryside. For grades 4-7. 1908.

Olivia BR 13074
by Ian Falconer
1 volume
Olivia, a preschooler pig, lives with her mother, father, and younger brother, Ian (who is always copying her). Olivia is good at lots of things--dressing up, singing songs, building sand castles, dancing, and painting on walls. And she is very good at wearing people out. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. Caldecott Honor. 2000.

Fables from Aesop BR 13077
retold by Tom Lynch
1 volume
A baker's dozen of traditional Aesop tales retold in modern English and ending with a short moral. Includes the familiar favorite "The Tortoise and the Hare," which closes with the admonition "So remember! Slow and steady wins the race." PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2000.

Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story BR 13078
by Angela Shelf Medearis
1 volume
Tale about seven argumentative Ashanti brothers, who are given the seemingly impossible task of turning spools of silk thread into gold. They join together to solve the problem, thus exhibiting the spirit of Kwanzaa. Includes information on this cultural holiday and instructions for weaving a Kente belt. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2000.

Max BR 13079
by Bob Graham
1 volume
Born into a family of superheroes, Max is a late bloomer when it comes to flying. But when a baby bird falls from a nest, Max flies to its rescue without even thinking about it. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2000.

The Hunter: A Chinese Folktale BR 13080
retold by Mary Casanova
1 volume
Long ago, in a tiny Chinese village, there lived a good hunter named Hai Li Bu who cared more about the well-being of his fellow villagers than about wealth or even his own life. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2000.

A Screaming Kind of Day BR 13083
by Rachna Gilmore
1 volume
Scully only listens to her teasing brother and scolding mother when she wants to; then Scully turns on her hearing aids. One rainy day she longs to play outside. When her mother sends her to her room, Scully sneaks out the back door. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1999.

Petunia BR 13087
by Roger Duvoisin
1 volume
Petunia, the silly goose, carries a book under her wing, believing that having the book will make her wise. After upsetting the other barnyard animals with her misinformation, Petunia realizes she must learn to read. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1950.

Stuart Little BR 13246
by E.B. White
1 volume (Reissue)
Mr. and Mrs. Little's second son is a mouse. Stuart is happy with his human family, but his size of just over two inches and the family cat are causes of some misadventures. Then Stuart falls for a little bird named Margalo. For grades 4-7. 1970 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. 1945.

The Night Flyers BR 13261
by Elizabeth McDavid Jones
1 volume
North Carolina, 1918. While her father is away fighting in World War I, twelve-year-old Pam tends his homing pigeons. When a stranger with a foreign accent offers to buy all of her birds, she suspects him of being a German spy. For grades 3-6. Edgar Allan Poe Award. 1999.

Horrible Harry at Halloween BR 13295
by Suzy Kline
1 volume
Miss Mackle's third-grade class is excited about Halloween and what costumes they will wear. They remember all of Harry's scary costumes since kindergarten and wonder what he will be this year. But Harry keeps his secret and surprises everyone. For grades 2- 4. 2000.

I Took My Frog to the Library BR 13328
by Eric A. Kimmel
1 volume
Bridgett brings her pets to the library--with humorously disastrous results. Her frog frightens the librarian, the pelican hides the dictionary, and the hyena laughs too much. When her enormous elephant wrecks the place, however, Bridgett is told she must leave her animals at home. For preschool-grade 2. 1990.

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