Braille Book Review--Mar.-Apr. 1997

Books for Children--Nonfiction

Books listed in this issue of Braille Book Review were recently sent to cooperating libraries. The complete collection contains books by many authors on fiction and nonfiction subjects, including animals, geography, nature, mystery, sports, and others. Contact your cooperating library to learn more about the wide range of books available in the collection.

To order books, contact your cooperating library.

Flying with the Eagle, Racing the Great Bear: Stories from Native North America BR 10345
by Joseph Bruchac
1 volume
In this companion volume to Girl Who Married the Moon (BR 10192), Bruchac focuses on the transition from boyhood to manhood. The collection of sixteen stories recounts the customs of tribes such as the Iroquois, Wampanoag, Cherokee, Apache, Pueblo, Lakota, and Cheyenne. For grades 5-8. 1993.

J.M. Barrie: The Magic behind Peter Pan BR 10374
by Susan Bivin Aller
1 volume
Barrie, who was born in Scotland in 1860, loved to play games and write stories. He knew he didn't want a "hum-dreadful-drum profession" and decided to become a writer. He moved to London and at twenty-eight had his first real publishing success. With a friend's family of boys as inspiration, Barrie went on to write the play Peter Pan, which has been popular since it first opened in 1904. For grades 5-8. 1994.

Turn of the Century: Our Nation One Hundred Years Ago BR 10383
by Nancy Smiler Levinson
1 volume
On New Year's Eve 1899, America celebrated not only a new year, but a new century. Levinson looks at the country as it was in 1900 and then shows ways in which people's lives began to change. Topics include the growth in the use of the railroad, automobile, and telephone and the evolution of large cities as America turned from an agricultural country into an urban one. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 1994.

What Does the Crow Know? The Mysteries of Animal Intelligence BR 10393
by Margery Facklam
1 volume
Alex the African grey parrot can say what is the same and what is different about a blue bead and a blue key. Ruby the elephant paints a picture of the fire truck that comes to her zoo. Malia the dolphin makes up amazing tricks each day to get more treats. These are examples of how animals think, remember, and learn. For grades 3-6. 1994.

Cystic Fibrosis BR 10441
by Alvin, Silverstein and others
1 volume
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common inherited disease among Caucasians. The disease causes healthy tissue in the pancreas to be replaced by fibrous scars and fluid-filled cysts. Thick, sticky mucus builds up in the lungs and digestive system. Improved treatments now allow more than half of CF patients to live past childhood. Genetic research is giving scientists hope for a cure. For grades 6-9. 1994.

Sweet Corn: Poems BR 10454
by James Stevenson
1 volume
Collection of twenty-eight poems on topics such as a tree house, old windows, a ladder, a screen door, a summer storm, a photo album, and an old dog. In "Roadside Stand," the author finds sweet corn (in season) a good reason to be happy. In "Bike Rental" he enjoys the experiences of a ride in the country and gets to keep his memories even though the rental bike must be returned. For grades 3-6. 1995.

Genetics and Human Health: A Journey Within BR 10457
by Faith Hickman Brynie
1 volume
To explore how traits inherited from past generations affect people living today, the author examines the genes that reside in the nucleus of a cell. She explains how Gregor Mendel proved with pea plants that genes are either dominant or recessive. Now, scientists use this method to identify the genes responsible for various diseases as they look for cures. For grades 6-9. 1995.

Birds, Beasts, and Fishes: A Selection of Animal Poems BR 10461
compiled by Anne Carter
1 volume
Fifty-one poems all have one thing in common: animals. There are poems about cats, bats, octopuses, fish, lizards, lions, and many other species. Poets include Robert Browning, Ted Hughes, D.H. Lawrence, Ogden Nash, and William Blake. For grades 3-6. 1991.

Looking at Bears BR 10479
by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
1 volume
When bears are born they weigh less than a pound, but they can grow to stand ten feet tall on their hind legs. A zoologist describes the different kinds of bears in the world including polar bears, black bears, and grizzlies, and tells what they eat. For grades 3-6. 1994.

Brainstorm! The Stories of Twenty American Kid Inventors BR 10541
by Tom Tucker
1 volume
A look at twenty inventions, covering more than two hundred years of history, by young people ranging in age from five to nineteen. The inventions include earmuffs, colored car wax, popsicles, flippers, resealable cereal boxes, a rotary steam engine, and a safety device to keep children from getting their fingers mashed in doors. Includes a section on how to protect your own great ideas. For grades 5-8. 1995.

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