Braille Book Review

September-October 2011

Books for Children

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


Ten Kings and Queens Who Changed the World         BR 18734
by Clive Gifford
1 volume
Brief biographies of legendary rulers ranging from Hatshepsut, Alexander the Great, Charlemagne, Henry VIII, Charles V, and Suleiman the Magnificent to Elizabeth I, Louis XIV, Frederick the Great, and Catherine the Great. Features "Life Links" that point out connections between the monarchs. For grades 5-8. 2009.

Webelos Handbook: Cub Scout         BR 18804
by Boy Scouts of America
3 volumes
This 2008 reprint explains the requirements for earning badges during the last phase of Cub Scouting. Details each of the achievements in the categories of physical and mental skills, community, technology, and outdoor activities. Covers rank advancement and special award prerequisites. For grades 3-6. 2003.

Kids Book of Canadian History         BR 18858
by Carlotta Hacker
1 volume
Overview of the people, places, and events that have shaped our neighbor to the north. Uses facts, miniprofiles, and time lines to trace the development of the Canadian nation. Discusses the aboriginal people, the arrival of European explorers and settlers, and modern-day multiculturalism. For grades 3-6. 2002.

Afghanistan         BR 18905
by Terri Willis
1 volume
Describes the geography, history, and culture of Afghanistan, a mountainous country that connects India, China and the Mediterranean. Discusses its economy, government, religion, traditions, and daily living conditions. For grades 5-8. 2008.

Israel         BR 18908
by Martin Hintz
1 volume
Discusses the history, geography, and culture of this Middle Eastern Jewish state that is surrounded by Muslim countries. Describes the birth of Israel in 1948 and the Palestinian opposition that followed. Covers Israel's government, religions and dissension, and daily life. For grades 5-8. 2006.

People's Republic of China         BR 18911
by Kim Dramer
1 volume
Describes the geography, wildlife, culture, and history of China, the world's oldest continuous civilization. Discusses the variety of ethnic groups and religions, the arts, and daily customs. Covers modern issues, such as overpopulation and growing industrialism. For grades 5-8. 2007.

Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales         BR 19011
retold by Lucy Cousins
1 volume
Classic fairy tales retold succinctly for a younger audience while maintaining the spirit of the originals. In one, a hunter chops open
a wolf to rescue Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother, who
then celebrate their freedom. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2009.

Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal         BR 19015
by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
1 volume
Biography of African American Bass Reeves (1838–1910), a hero of the Old West. Discusses Reeves’s escape from life as a slave in Texas, his
qualifications for being a deputy marshal, and some of his exploits with
desperadoes. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4. Coretta Scott King Award. 2009.

Black Elk’s Vision: A Lakota Story         BR 19017
by S.D. Nelson
1 volume
Chronicles the life of medicine man Black Elk (1863–1950), including the
influential “great” vision he had at age nine, fighting in the battle of the
Little Bighorn at age twelve, journeying to Europe with Buffalo Bill Cody,
and settling on an Indian reservation. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 3-6. 2010.

A Piņata in a Pine Tree: A Latino Twelve Days of Christmas         BR 19039
by Pat Mora
1 volume
In this adaptation of the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas," a secret
amiga (friend) brings a young girl a procession of gifts (in Spanish),
starting with a piņata. Includes counting in Spanish, a glossary, and
explanatory notes on holiday customs in Central America. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2009.

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