Braille Book Review

May-June 1999
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.

The Sea King's Daughter: A Russian Legend BR 11043
retold by Aaron Shepard
1 volume
Young Sadko is a poor man who loves his Russian city of Novgorod the Great and his life as a musician. But he longs for a woman's love and companionship. One day the Sea King rises from the river to offer him riches and a beautiful wife if Sadko will give up his beloved home and live under the sea. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4. 1997.

Joseph BR 11047
by Brian Wildsmith
1 volume
Retells the Old Testament story of Joseph and his brothers. Because his father favors Joseph with a beautiful multicolored coat, Joseph's brothers become jealous and sell Joseph into Egyptian slavery. Years later, Joseph has a chance to teach his brothers lessons about love and kindness. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3 and older readers. 1997.

Boy: Tales of Childhood BR 11563
by Roald Dahl
1 volume
The esteemed novelist, short story writer, and author of children's books presents vignettes from his childhood. "Some are funny. Some are painful. Some are unpleasant. . . . All are true." For grades 6-9 and older readers. 1984.

I Was Born a Slave: The Story of Harriet Jacobs BR 11574
by Jennifer Fleischner
1 volume
When Harriet was six years old, her mother died, and Harriet learned that she was a slave who belonged to a white mistress. The mistress taught Harriet to read and write but did not grant her freedom. Harriet suffered many hardships before finally becoming free. Based on Harriet Jacobs's autobiography published in 1861. For grades 5-8. 1997.

Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade against Child Labor BR 11589
by Russell Freedman
1 volume
Documents the abuse of child laborers in factories, fields, mills, mines, and streets of the United States in the early 1900s by tracing the career of professional photographer Lewis Hine. Hine's work raised public awareness and helped change the nation's laws to protect young people under age sixteen. For grades 5-8. 1994.

God's Story BR 11602
by Jan Mark
1 volume
Twelve Bible stories from the Old Testament retold for modern readers. Includes the story of the Creation, Cain and Abel, Adam and Eve, Noah's Ark, Moses, the parting of the Red Sea, Joseph, and others. For grades 6-9. 1997.

Girl Talk: Staying Strong, Feeling Good, Sticking Together BR 11634
by Judith Harlan
1 volume
A guide to teen living emphasizing friendship, fashion, school smarts, and feminism. Advises girls to enjoy life and have new, positive experiences. Includes resource list. For grades 5-8. 1997.

Biggest Riddle Book in the World BR 11691
by Joseph Rosenbloom
2 volumes
Collection of more than two thousand riddles compiled by a children's librarian. Topics include warm-ups, goodies and baddies, fooling Mother Nature, riddles for thinkers, weird characters, and super stumpers. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 1976.

Black Whiteness: Admiral Byrd Alone in the Antarctic BR 11695
by Robert Burleigh
1 volume
True-life adventure of Richard Byrd, who spent six months alone in the Antarctic in 1934. Includes excerpts from Byrd's diary recounting the incredible cold and discomfort he suffered. Describes how Byrd used a kite for rescue. For grades 4-7. 1998.

Depression BR 11704
by Alvin Silverstein and others
1 volume
Defines depression, its diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Includes a brief question-and-answer segment, a glossary, and a list of resources including Internet sites. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 1997.

Martian Fossils on Earth? The Story of Meteorite ALH 84001 BR 11709
by Fred Bortz
1 volume
Bortz explores the possibility that Meteorite ALH 8400l, found in the Allan Hills area of Antarctica in 1984, provides an answer to the age-old question of whether life exists on Mars. The author discusses the scientific methods of examining the four-pound, potato-shaped stone and its impact on the scientific community. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 1997.

Louis Braille: Inventor BR 11716
by Jennifer Fisher Bryant
1 volume
Recounts the life of Louis Braille who, at fifteen, created a system of raised dots that allows blind persons to read and write. Describes Braille's childhood, the accident that caused his blindness, the support he received from his family, and his education, which led to his creation of the braille alphabet. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1994.

Native American Literature BR 11729
by Katherine Gleason
1 volume
Introduction to the literary history of Native Americans, beginning with the oral traditions from before European settlers arrived in North America. Presents important authors and their major works depicting their cultural heritage. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 1997.

Just What the Doctor Ordered: The History of American Medicine BR 11730
by Brandon Marie Miller
1 volume
Illustrates the changes in medical practices in the United States since Europeans first settled here. Recalls the first medical school opening in 1765 and the fact that George Washington, suffering from a sore throat, died from prescribed bleeding in 1799. Attributes improvements in medicine to better education, upgraded sanitation practices, and the discovery of vaccines. For grades 5-8. 1997.

Loaves of Fun: A History of Bread with Activities and Recipes from around the World BR 11734
by Elizabeth M. Harbison
1 volume
This history of bread begins in Asia in 73,000 B.C. and continues through Mesopotamia and Switzerland, then on to Egypt and Europe, and finally to America in the 1600s. Recipes interspersed throughout the history include drop biscuits, challah, Amish friendship bread, French bread, and Sally Lunn bread. For grades 4-7. 1997.

How Spiders Make Their Webs BR 11760
by Jill Bailey
1 volume
Explains spiders' ability to create webs and describes specialized uses of webs--as trapdoors and diving bells, for example. Discusses how the silk produced to make webs also provides spiders' homes, protects their eggs, and signals an invitation to potential mates. For grades 3-6. 1997.

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