Braille Book Review

September-October 2004
Books for Children

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

In the Days of the Pharaohs: A Look at Ancient Egypt BR 14737
by Milton Meltzer
1 volume
Introduction to the ancient Egyptian civilization which rose more than five thousand years ago and flourished for millennia. Discusses the people's agricultural way of life, and their beliefs, customs, and achievements. Covers such topics as wars, pyramids, religion, mummies, calendars, and hieroglyphics. For grades 5-8. 2001.

Helping Paws: Dogs That Serve BR 14741
by Melinda Luke
1 volume
Explains why dogs are useful to people--such as ranchers, policemen, and rescue teams. Discusses service dogs--guide dogs for the blind, alert dogs for the deaf, and therapy dogs for invalids, among others. For grades 2-4. 2001.

Lewis and Clark: From Ocean to Ocean BR 14835
by Harold Faber
1 volume
Introduces the explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark who led the first United States expedition to the Pacific coast from 1804-1806. Discusses their adventures crossing the continent, their encounters with Native Americans, and the hardships of the journey. For grades 5-8. 2002.

Let's Talk about Going to the Hospital BR 14838
by Marianne Johnston
1 volume
Explains what a hospital is and what to expect when you go there. Describes items a child may take, the check-in process, things nurses and doctors may do, and going home. For grades K-3. 1997.

Gettysburg BR 14839
by MacKinlay Kantor
1 volume
Describes the bloodiest engagement of the Civil War--the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863--and its impact on the people in the part of Pennsylvania where it was fought. Includes the text of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. For grades 4-7. 1952.

Space Missions BR 14925
by Deborah A. Shearer
1 volume
Brief descriptions of past activities performed by scientists and astronauts during space travel. Includes accounts of experiments executed remotely by robots and aboard the international space station. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2003.

Helen Keller BR 14991
by Cynthia Klingel and Robert B. Noyed
1 volume
A beginning reader about the life of Helen Keller. For grades K- 3. 2002.

Kitty Riddles BR 14992
by Katy Hall and Lisa Eisenberg
1 volume
A collection of riddles about cats and kittens. For example: Why did the baby cat carry around a box of band-aids? She wanted to be a first-aid kit! For grades 2-4. 2000.

What Do You Do with a Tail like This? BR 15017
by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
1 volume
Explains how a lot of animals use their noses, ears, tails, eyes, mouths, and feet in very different ways. A glossary provides more information about these animals. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3 and older readers. 2003.

Millions to Measure BR 15023
by David M. Schwartz
1 volume
Marvelosissimo the Mathematical Magician explains the development of standard units of measure and shows the simplicity of using the metric system to calculate length, height, weight, and volume. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4 and older readers. 2003.

Talkin' about Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman BR 15024
by Nikki Grimes
1 volume
Biography of the first licensed African American female pilot. Bessie grew up in the early 1900s when airplanes were new, pilots were men, and racial prejudice against African Americans was strong. She became a daring stunt flyer anyway. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 3-6 and older readers. Coretta Scott King Award. 2002.

Special Olympics BR 15084
by Mike Kennedy
1 volume
Short history of Special Olympics--the winter and summer athletic games held every four years for competitors who are mentally retarded. Discusses this condition and explains how these special participants are chosen. For grades 3-6. 2002.


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