Braille Book Review

May-June 2002
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.


So You Want to Be President? BR 13090
by Judith St. George
1 volume
Unusual and interesting facts about the first forty-two presidents of the United States. Describes their different personality types and physical characteristics. Asserts that they had at least one thing in common: "their first priority has always been the people and the country they served." PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 3-6. Caldecott Medal. 2000.

The Upside Down Boy: El Niņo de Cabeza BR 13098
by Juan Felipe Herrera
1 volume
Recollections in both Spanish and English of the year when Juanito's migrant-worker parents settled in town so he could go to school for the first time. He tells about the difficulties of an English-language classroom and the joys of other school activities. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2000.

The Girl Who Spun Gold BR 13099
by Virginia Hamilton
1 volume
When Big King locks Quashiba, his new bride, into a room to spin golden thread and cloth, she is saved by Lit'mahn, who thinks she will never guess his name. A West Indian version of the Rumpelstiltskin tale. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2000.

Dougal Dixon's Amazing Dinosaurs: The Fiercest, the Tallest, the Toughest, the Smallest BR 13331
by Dougal Dixon
1 volume
Provides facts about the six different types of dinosaurs recognized by scientists: theropods, the meat-eaters; sauropods, the long-necked plant-eaters; the plate-backed stegosaurs; the armored ankylosaurs; the horned ceratopsians; and the two-footed ornithopods. Answers frequently asked questions about dinosaurs. For grades 3-6. 2000.

Opening Moves: Michael Thaler; the Making of a Young Chess Champion BR 13379
by Barry Berg
1 volume
Describes kindergartner Michael Thaler's rise to the national chess championship for his age group. Recalls how he developed his talent and learned to handle winning and losing. Views lessons gained from playing; recaps decisive moves in several tournaments. For grades 3-6. 2000.

Nuclear Power BR 13384
by Ian Graham
1 volume
An overview of nuclear power, explaining how it was developed, how it is generated, and how it is used. Examines its potential benefits, possible hazards, and the outlook for the future. For grades 4-7. 1999.

Geothermal and Bio-Energy BR 13388
by Ian Graham
1 volume
A discussion of geothermal energy, defined as heat deep underground that can generate electricity, and bio-energy, which is power produced from plants and animals. Explores environmental impacts of exploiting these sources. For grades 4-7. 1999.

The Arabian Nights: Their Best-Known Tales BR 13413
edited by Kate Douglas Wiggin and Nora A. Smith
3 volumes
Ten stories from the Tales of a Thousand and One Nights, including such well-known characters as Aladdin and his lamp, Ali Baba and the forty thieves, and Sinbad the sailor. Based on earlier translations, especially Jonathan Scott's edition. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1909.

The Oxford Treasury of Christmas Poems BR 13453
compiled by Michael Harrison and Christopher Stuart-Clark
1 volume
A collection of poems--plus some carols and traditional songs (without the music)--celebrating both the religious and secular aspects of Christmas and the joys of wintertime. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 1999.

Dance, Sing, Remember: A Celebration of Jewish Holidays BR 13458
by Leslie Kimmelman
1 volume
Introduces eleven Jewish holidays--including Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Hanukkah, Purim, Passover, and Shavuot--that are celebrated throughout the year; and Shabbat, which is celebrated every week. Explains each observance and some of the related stories, songs, and recipes. For grades 3-6. 2000.

The Shaman's Nephew: A Life in the Far North BR 13516
by Simon Tookoome
1 volume
One of the last Inuit to live the traditional nomadic life in northern Canada, Tookoome relates his experiences following the caribou and seals and using his skills as a hunter to feed and clothe his family. He explains how the government forced him to move into a settlement. For grades 6-9. 1999.

Cesar Chavez BR 13600
by Consuelo Rodriguez
1 volume
Biography of the great Mexican American fighter for farmworkers' rights. Chavez learned what poverty meant when his family were forced to become migrants during the depression. He became determined to organize farmworkers for decent working conditions and fair wages, without resorting to violence. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1991.

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