Braille Book Review

January-February 2005
Books for Children The following books were recently produced for the NLS program. To order books, contact your braille-lending library. Nonfiction

American Patriots: The Story of Blacks in the Military from the Revolution to Desert Storm BR 14854
by Gail Buckley and Tonya Bolden
2 volumes
Chronicles the achievements of African American servicemen and women despite frequent discrimination. Traces more than two centuries of duty in various wars and branches of the military including the "buffalo soldiers" of the Civil War. Adapted from the adult book American Patriots (RC 53330). For grades 6- 9 and older readers. 2003.

Pizza Counting BR 15028
by Christina Dobson
1 volume
Decorated pizzas are used to introduce counting and fractions. Includes facts about pizza. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4. 2003.

My First Kwanzaa BR 15035
by Karen Katz
1 volume
A young girl describes how she and her family celebrate the African American holiday of Kwanzaa, explaining the significance of each of its seven days. Includes pronunciations. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2003.

Capital! Washington D.C. from A to Z BR 15036
by Laura Krauss Melmed
1 volume
Rhymes take the reader on an alphabetical tour of the nation's capital to visit the monuments and historic places people like to explore. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4. 2003.

Sacagawea BR 15040
by Lise Erdrich
1 volume
Relates the experiences of Sacagawea, a young Shoshone woman, who, with her French Canadian husband and baby boy, joined the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1805. She acted as guide, translator, and helper on the exciting but perilous journey through her home territory to the Pacific. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 3-6. 2003.

Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti BR 15041
retold by Gerald McDermott
1 volume
Anansi, a spider in Ghana, is saved from big trouble by each of his six sons in different ways. Anansi can't decide which son to reward for his rescue with a ball of light, so it is carried into the sky--and becomes the moon. Caldecott Honor Book. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1972.

Seabiscuit vs. War Admiral BR 15044
by Kat Shehata
1 volume
Describes the meeting of two champion racehorses for the race of the century in 1938. Seabiscuit, the West Coast underdog, and War Admiral, the favorite to win, ran head-to-head in an exciting contest. Includes a glossary of racing terms. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4. 2003.

How to Take the Grrrr Out of Anger BR 15085
by Elizabeth Verdick and Marjorie Lisovskis
1 volume
Discusses how to deal with angry feelings in acceptable ways. Contains practical advice on coping with stress, solving problems calmly, taming one's temper, and being alert to tension build-up. Includes tips on handling bullies and angry adults. For grades 4- 7. 2003.

The One-Eyed Giant: Tales from the Odyssey, Book 1 BR 15127
by Mary Pope Osborne
1 volume
Long ago in ancient Greece, Odysseus lived happily with his wife, Penelope, until he was called by King Agamemnon to wage war against Troy. On the return voyage, Odysseus has many adventures, facing dangers from storms and monsters like Cyclops, the one- eyed giant. For grades 3-6. 2002.

Close to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916 BR 15277
by Michael Capuzzo
1 volume
Documents the first known shark attacks on humans in the United States. Recounts how several bathers in New Jersey were devoured by a great white shark in July 1916, spreading terror to the shore's vacation retreats. Also describes efforts to find and kill the predator. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2003.


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