Braille Book Review

September-October 2010

Books for Children

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


Orangutan Tongs: Poems to Tangle Your Tongue         BR 18299
by Jon Agee
1 volume
Tricky poems filled with words to trip your tongue. First read each poem slowly, then try it fast. For grades 3-6. 2009.

A Foot in the Mouth: Poems to Speak, Sing, and Shout         BR 18304
by Paul B. Janeczko
1 volume
Thirty-seven poems in various forms--some for one voice, two, or three; tongue twisters; limericks; two in Spanish; several by famous poets; a few traditional chants; all fun to read out loud. For grades 3-6. 2009.

Mummies        BR 18402
BR 18349
by Adam Woog
1 volume

Examines the scientific study of mummies such as the deliberately preserved Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen. Discusses accidental mummies found in northern European bogs, Asian deserts, and glaciers. Includes information on the specially embalmed twentieth century bodies of Lenin, Eva Perón, and Ferdinand Marcos. Uncontracted braille. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2009.

Phenomena: Secrets of the Senses         BR 18402
by Donna M. Jackson
1 volume
Explores the connections between our senses and perception and many unexplained phenomena, such as intuition, synethesia, and the sixth sense. Discusses paranormal experiences, animal super senses, and a technology called vOICe that converts video images into complex sounds to help visually impaired people. For grades 5-8. 2008.

Disabilities Awareness: Merit Badge Series         BR 18560
by Boy Scouts of America
1 volume
Describes the requirements for earning a Boy Scout merit badge for awareness and sensitivity to physical and learning disabilities. Highlights accommodations, accessibility, advocacy, and career opportunities. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2009.

The Beautiful Stories of Life: Six Greek Myths, Retold         BR 18576
by Cynthia Rylant
1 volume
These tales about Pandora, Persephone, Orpheus, Pygmalion, Narcissus, and Psyche also tell about feelings of hope, pride, frustration, courage, and love. In "Psyche" a young mortal woman performs heroic acts to prove her love for the god Eros. For grades 5-8. 2009.

The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom         BR 18577
by Margarita Engle
1 volume
Recounts the history of Cuba from 1850 to 1899 in free verse. Various voices reveal the troubled lives of slaves, rebels, nurses, and soldiers in the unending cycle of war. For grades 6-9 and older readers. Newbery Honor Book; Pura Belpré. 2008.

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