Braille Book Review

July-August 2003
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.


Brooklyn Bridge BR 14028
by Lynn Curlee
1 volume
Describes the planning, construction difficulties, and history of the Brooklyn Bridge. When it was completed in 1883, it was considered a marvel of steel technology. It remains "the grandest, perhaps most important, structure built in America during the nineteenth century." PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 3-6. 2001.

Ice Cream BR 14039
by Jules Older
1 volume
A humorous history of ice cream, from the way it is made to interesting facts about concoctions made from it. Explains the old-fashioned hand-cranked method and the modern factory production system. Discusses the origins of the ice cream sundae, soda, and waffle cone. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4. 2002.

A Movie in My Pillow: Poems / Una Película en Mi Almohada BR 14040
by Jorge Argueta
1 volume
A collection of bilingual poems expressing the feelings of a young boy who moves from El Salvador to California because of civil war. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 3-6. Américas Award. 2001.

North America and the Caribbean BR 14132
by Martyn Bramwell
1 volume
Describes the natural resources, economics, population, topography, and languages of Canada, the United States, Greenland, Iceland, Mexico, and the islands of the Caribbean. For grades 5-8. 2000.

Central and South America BR 14133
by Martyn Bramwell
1 volume
Provides information about the location, topography, climate, population, industries, and languages of the Central and South American countries. For grades 5-8.

Africa BR 14134
by Martyn Bramwell
1 volume
Brief information on the geography, climate, industries, population, and religions of the various countries that occupy the continent of Africa. For grades 5-8. 2000.

Northern and Western Asia BR 14135
by Martyn Bramwell
1 volume
Describes the geography, population, and industry of the countries located in northern and western Asia: Turkey, Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Oman, and Asian Russia. For grades 5-8. 2000.

Heart and Soul: The Story of Florence Nightingale BR 14138
by Gena K. Gorrell
1 volume
Biography of the nineteenth-century British nurse. Although born into a wealthy family, Nightingale elected to dedicate herself to relieving suffering. Discusses her privileged childhood, choice of profession, field work during the Crimean War, and contributions to medical care. For grades 5-8. 2000.

Bravo! Brava! A Night at the Opera: Behind the Scenes with Composers, Cast, and Crew BR 14301
by Anne Siberell
1 volume
An overview of opera introducing all the people involved in a stage performance. Provides answers to basic questions about this art form from its history to production details. Includes brief plots of twenty-seven popular operas. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2001.

Dinosaurs with Feathers: The Ancestors of Modern Birds BR 14308
by Caroline Arnold
1 volume
Discusses similarities between fossils of dinosaurs and ancient birds and their apparent relationship to modern birds. Explains how new fossil discoveries continue to offer evidence of the dinosaur-bird connection. For grades 3-6. 2001.

The World of Islam BR 14338
by Julien Ries
1 volume
A concise discussion of a major world religion. Describes the basic elements of Islam: the Prophet Mohammed's message, belief in one God, the Koran and the Sunna, and the five pillars of faith. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2002.

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