Braille Book Review

July-August 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.

This page includes Web-Braille links to full-text braille versions of books. Eligible patrons may sign up for Web-Braille through the library that handles their braille magazine subscriptions.

The Broken Tusk: Stories of the Hindu God Ganesha BR 11669
retold by Uma Krishnaswami
1 volume
Introductory pieces describe Hindu mythology and the physical form of Ganesha, the god with an elephant head on a human body. Seventeen stories about Ganesha follow. The first explains why Ganesha has the head of an elephant. The title tale reveals why Ganesha is special to writers. For grades 5-8. 1996.

Water Buffalo Days: Growing Up in Vietnam BR 11670
by Quang Nhuong Huynh
1 volume
The author tells of being a young boy in the jungle of central Vietnam before the war. From the age of six, he helps with the family's herd of water buffalo. When his father buys a male calf to train to be leader of the herd, the calf and boy develop a deep friendship. For grades 3-6. 1997.

The Salem Witch Trials BR 11747
by Lori Lee Wilson
1 volume
Discusses the history of witchcraft leading up to events in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1692, when accusations against supposed witches caused the deaths of many innocents. Considers the long-term effects of the trials in Salem. For grades 6-9. 1997.

Close Encounters: Exploring the Universe with the Hubble Space Telescope BR 11749
by Elaine Scott
1 volume
Explains how information transmitted by the repaired Hubble telescope enables scientists to study stars, planets, black holes, and galaxies. Describes the impact of this new technology on astronomers' ideas about how the universe was formed. For grades 4-7. 1998.

How Plants Grow BR 11762
by Malcolm Penny
1 volume
Basic introduction to the growth and development of plants. Describes how flowers, fruits, and parachutes help disperse seeds over great distances. Includes information on plants that are parasites, insect-eaters, or other unusual specimens. For grades 3-6. 1997.

How Fish Swim BR 11763
by Jill Bailey
1 volume
Explains how fish have different swimming skills, each meeting the needs of the particular species. Describes physical adaptations suited to various styles of locomotion--the bending bodies of eels, the directional use of fins by sea goldfish, the flapping movements of skates and rays, and the jet propulsion of squid. For grades 3-6. 1997.

How Bees Make Honey BR 11766
by Michael Chinery
1 volume
Explains the honeybee's physical characteristics that enable it to gather pollen and nectar. Describes how honeybees communicate directions, produce honey, and nurture their grubs. For grades 3-6. 1997.

How Birds Fly BR 11767
by Nick Williams
1 volume
Focuses on the aspects of a bird's body that make flying possible. Describes the structure and movement of the wings, feathers, and lungs. Explains why different kinds of birds have specialized flying abilities. For grades 3-6. 1997.

Her Piano Sang: A Story about Clara Schumann BR 11770
by Barbara Allman
1 volume
Allman details the life of Clara Wieck Schumann, who in 1828 gave her first full-length concert at the age of nine. She discusses Schumann's childhood and explains how her father influenced her life. The author portrays the pianist's early relationship with Robert Schumann, her father's disapproval of their marriage, and her love for her husband that lasted even after his death in 1856. For grades 3-6. 1997.

How Bats "See" in the Dark BR 11771
by Malcolm Penny
1 volume
Explains how bats, with their poor vision, use echolocation--creating their own sounds and listening for echoes from nearby stationary objects and moving insects--to move about safely and hunt for food. Describes physical features, such as sensitive ears and specialized nose shapes, that assist in navigating without eyesight. For grades 3-6. 1997.

You Are the Juror BR 11803
by Nathan Aaseng
1 volume
The author presents the details and evidence from eight famous cases, including those involving the Lindbergh kidnapping, Patty Hearst, and O.J. Simpson. Readers are asked to review the information and make decisions as if they were part of the jury. For grades 6-9. 1997.

The Life and Death of Crazy Horse BR 11815
by Russell Freedman
1 volume
Russell recounts the personal life and character of the great Sioux warrior born in 1841. He explains how Crazy Horse became famous for the victory over Custer at the Battle of Little Big Horn and for valuing freedom above all else. He reconstructs the events that led to Crazy Horse's death at thirty-six. For grades 6-9. 1996.

Young, Black, and Determined: A Biography of Lorraine Hansberry BR 11822
by Patricia C. and Fredrick L. McKissack
2 volumes
Biography of the African American playwright whose award-winning Raisin in the Sun opened on Broadway in 1959. Provides the social and historical context in which Hansberry grew up and developed artistically. Examines her literary achievements and political activism during her thirty-four-year life. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1998.

Over the Top of the World: Explorer Will Steger's Trek across the Arctic BR 11832
by Will Steger and Jon Bowermaster
1 volume
Recounts Steger's 1995 trip over the North Pole by dogsled and canoe. Steger's journey begins in Siberia with six teammates, thirty-three dogs, and two tons of gear. His journal entries detail daily events, weather conditions, setbacks, dog problems, and human difficulties in successfully mounting the expedition. Grades 4-7. 1997.

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