Braille Book Review

March-April 2004
Books for Children

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

Bake the Best-Ever Cookies! BR 14410
by Sarah A. Williamson
1 volume
More than twenty-five step-by-step cookie recipes for beginning bakers. Suggests "Secret Treat Thumbprints" for a first cookie- baking experience. Includes such favorites as lemon squares, brownies, and snickerdoodles. Provides practical advice on basic equipment, ingredients, and preparation. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2001.

The Hero's Trail: A Guide for a Heroic Life BR 14518
by T.A. Barron
1 volume
Explores the elements of heroism, including facing challenges with courage, strength of character, and wisdom. Mixes brief sketches of historic examples such as Anne Frank, Wilma Rudolph, and Helen Keller with those of ordinary kids who prevailed in emergencies. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2002.

Walt Whitman: A Biography BR 14524
by Milton Meltzer
1 volume
The life and times of the nineteenth-century American poet who who was profoundly affected by the Civil War. Includes excerpts from his major work, Leaves of Grass (BR 08420). For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2002.

The Cosmic Joker BR 14613
by Brian Innes
1 volume
Discusses occurrences that cannot be explained scientifically, such as manifestations of psychic powers, unusual disappearances, objects falling from the sky, and odd coincidences. Presents information about American writer Charles Fort, who reported many such events through the 1920s. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 1999.

Civil War A to Z: A Young Readers' Guide to over 100 People, Places, and Points of Importance BR 14642
by Norman Bolotin
1 volume
Compact encyclopedia of the 1861-1865 conflict covers 130 topics, from Abolitionists to Zouaves. Provides a broad overview of the era as well as personal anecdotes and engaging details. Includes eyewitness accounts of events and excerpts from key documents such as Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. For grades 5-8. 2002.

Helen Keller BR 14643
by Jane Sutcliffe
1 volume
Focuses on the early years of Helen Keller and how she learned to read, write, and sign with the help of her teacher Annie Sullivan. Grade 1 braille. For grades 2-4 and older readers. 2002.

Spiders BR 14776
by Stuart A. Kallen
1 volume
Factual information on the general characteristics of spiders-- including habitat, body parts, and methods of catching their prey. Also describes how spiders spin a web and fight off attackers. For grades 4-7. 2002.

On the Same Day in March: A Tour of the World's Weather BR 15007
by Marilyn Singer
1 volume
A tour around the world, describing the weather and what's happening in different places--all on the same day in March. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2000.

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