Braille Book Review

November-December 2010

Books for Children

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


Hanni and Beth: Safe and Sound    BR 18022
by Beth Finke
1 volume
Seeing Eye dog Hanni describes her routine duties to guide and protect her partner Beth, a woman who is blind. Both Hanni and Beth provide personal notes about their background. For grades K-3. ASPCA award. 2007. PRINT/BRAILLE

It Never Rains in Antarctica: And Other Freaky Facts about Climate, Land, and Nature    BR 18303
by Barbara Seuling
1 volume
Odd facts about geography arranged by such topics as deserts and caves, mountains and islands, and weather and climate. “How the Earth Has Changed” collects info-bytes on fossils, catastrophes, and population--including, for example: in 6,000 B.C. there were 10 million people, now there are 6.6 billion. For grades 3-6. 2009.

Animal Heroes: True Rescue Stories    BR 18380
by Sandra Markle
1 volume
Nine accounts of animals--from trained guide dogs to a cow, a pet cat, dolphins, and a capuchin monkey--that helped humans during accidents and disasters. Discusses Roselle, the guide dog, who led Mike Hingson from the seventy-eighth floor to safety as his World Trade Center tower collapsed. For grades 3-6. 2009.

Wild Animals in Captivity    BR 18420
by Rob Laidlaw
1 volume
Founder of the wildlife-protection organization Zoocheck Canada, biologist Rob Laidlaw examines the behavior of captive animals and debates whether zoos should even exist. Discusses five basic freedoms for animal welfare and suggests ten ways to help wild animals that are kept in confined spaces. For grades 5-8. 2008.

Reluctant Heroes: True Five-Minute-Read Adventure Stories for Boys    BR 18570
by Kendall Haven
2 volumes
Twenty-five short accounts--from history, modern life, and nature--of ordinary people who acted heroically. Told to inspire, entertain, and demonstrate effective storytelling, they cover young people involved in wars, participating in traditional cultural events, and facing wild animals. Includes each tale's background and recommendations for further reading. For grades 3-6. 2008.

Classic Western Stories: The Most Beloved Stories    BR 18585
by Cooper Edens
1 volume
Western adventures of explorers, cowboys, and Indians are commemorated in poems, songs, and stories. Includes folk legends of Pecos Bill and Paul Bunyan, and real-life exploits of Lewis and Clark and Daniel Boone. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2009.

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