Braille Book Review

March-April 2000
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.

A Light in the Attic BR 11934
by Shel Silverstein
1 volume
A fat collection of poems that range from exhilarating nonsense to tender sadness. Includes "How Not to Have to Dry the Dishes," "Prayer of the Selfish Child," "Adventures of a Frisbee," and "Hiccup Cure." For grades 4-7 to share with younger children and adults. 1981.

Earth: The Making of a Planet BR 11935
by Roy A. Gallant and Christopher J. Schuberth
2 volumes
Covers the formation of the universe beginning with the big bang theory. Discusses the Earth's features; its atmosphere, landforms, rocks and minerals, outer and inner cores, plate movement, weather, and oceans. Briefly treats Pathfinder's discoveries and Earth's future. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1998.

The Gingerbread Man BR 12030
retold by Jim Aylesworth
1 volume
A traditional version of a tale about a gingerbread man who jumps from the oven and runs away from the little old man and woman of the house; he doesn't want to be their snack. He keeps running until he meets a clever fox. For grades K-3. 1998.

Snowflake Bentley BR 12032
by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
1 volume
The biography of Wilson Bentley, who loved the beauty of nature and wanted to share that loveliness with others. Especially intrigued by snowflakes, he taught himself how to photograph them, and that became his lifelong project. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. Caldecott Medal. 1998.

Dreamtime: A Book of Lullabies BR 12033
compiled by Belinda Hollyer
1 volume
Thirty lullabies--some new and some old-time favorites--offer a sense of peace and comfort at bedtime. Includes works by Eleanor Farjeon, Eve Merriam, Walter de la Mare, and Russell Hoban. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 1998.

In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers BR 12035

1 volume
Thirteen poems in praise of fathers. Contains short biographical notes about the poets. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3 and older readers. Coretta Scott King Award. 1997.

Science in Ancient Egypt BR 12073
by Geraldine Woods
1 volume
Discusses some of the scientific accomplishments of the ancient Egyptians in such fields as mathematics, astronomy, and medicine. Cites the engineering feat of the pyramids; measuring devices like the nilometer, water clock, and a sun-based calendar; fractions and geometry; herbal remedies, dental work, and mummification. For grades 5-8. 1998.

The Hubble Space Telescope BR 12146
by Diane M. Sipiera and Paul P. Sipiera
1 volume
Presents a brief history of telescopes. Explains the development of the Hubble Space Telescope, how it was placed in orbit, the repairs made to it by astronauts, and the advantages of the information it transmits back to Earth. For grades 3-6. 1997.

Space Stations BR 12147
by Diane M. Sipiera and Paul P. Sipiera
1 volume
Discusses how the human body changes in space. Presents a brief history of space stations, from Salyut 1 in 1971 through the planned construction of the International Space Station. Explains ways the new space station will benefit people on Earth. For grades 3-6. 1997.

Comets and Meteor Showers BR 12168
by Paul P. Sipiera
1 volume
Defines a comet, its parts, and its orbit. Describes meteors, meteor showers, and meteor storms. Discusses the importance of comets to astronomers and mentions comets Halley, West, Hale-Bopp, and Hyakutke. For grades 3-6. 1997.

What's the Deal? Jefferson, Napoleon, and the Louisiana Purchase BR 12175
by Rhoda Blumberg
1 volume
Provides historical background of the United States's purchase of the Louisiana territory from France in 1803. Discusses the negotiations by Thomas Jefferson and Napoleon, political implications for Spain and Britain, possibilities of war, and the young nation's actual acquisition of the vast area. For grades 5-8. 1998.

Mummy Mysteries: Tales from North America BR 12205
by Brenda Z. Guiberson
1 volume
Explains that scientists' examination of clues provided by the mummies of people, animals, or insects can reveal facts about ancient times or solve mysteries from the past. Discusses specific mummy finds in North America and modern technological tools for studying their secrets. For grades 4-7. 1998.

Neale S. Godfrey's Ultimate Kids' Money Book BR 12206
by Neale S. Godfrey
1 volume
Introduces money as a form of social exchange--from the concept of barter to an overview of financial dealings that involve currency. Explains personal spending--budgeting, banking, checking and savings accounts, and using a credit card. Presents stocks and investments in simplified terms. For grades 4-7. 1998.

The Earth BR 12221
by Cynthia Pratt Nicolson
1 volume
Presents stories and myths about Earth's origins. Explains where the planet fits in the solar system; why there is night and day; and how plants, animals, and people have affected its environment. Includes experiments and a glossary of terms. For grades 3-6. 1996.


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