Braille Book Review

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

The Man Who Walked between the Towers BR 15045
by Mordicai Gerstein
1 volume
Tells of Frenchman Philippe Petit's 1974 tightrope walk between the unfinished World Trade Center Towers in New York City. Discusses the sentence he received for this illegal act. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4 and older readers. Caldecott Medal. 2003.

Sleep and Dreams BR 15117
by Andrew T. McPhee
1 volume
Discusses the nature of sleep and dreams, the causes and treatments of sleep disorders, and the possible meaning of common dreams. The chapter "Toward a More Restful Sleep" offers advice on various techniques to overcome problems of falling asleep. For grades 6-9. 2001.

Pocket Pets BR 15175
by Alvin Silverstein and others
1 volume
Describes ten small pets and how to raise them. Includes common animals such as guinea pigs and rabbits and some unusual ones, among them the degu and the duprasi. For grades 4-7. 2000.

One Hundred and One Questions about Food and Digestion That Have Been Eating at You--Until Now BR 15178
by Faith Hickman Brynie
2 volumes
Questions and answers explain the human digestive system and how it uses food for nutrition. Covers such topics as amino acids, anorexia nervosa, burping, cholesterol, diabetes, food poisoning, genetic modification, glucose, herbal supplements, obesity, pica (consuming nonfoods like clay), and vegetarians. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2002.

Christmas around the World, Volume 2 BR 15264
by Emily Kelley
1 volume
This companion to Christmas around the World (BR 8233) describes holiday celebrations in eight countries--Mexico, Ethiopia, China, Germany, Lebanon, Sweden, Australia, and Russia- -that mostly were not included in the earlier volume. Also contains jokes, tongue twisters, and a recipe. Beginning chapter book. For grades 2-4. 2004.

America Votes: How Our President Is Elected BR 15268
by Linda Granfield
1 volume
Explains the U.S. presidential election process including its history, the role of political parties, becoming a candidate, campaign finance, voting fraud, the electoral college, and casting ballots. Emphasizes the right and the responsibility of citizens to vote. For grades 4-7. 2003.

A Tree Is a Plant BR 15347
by Clyde Robert Bulla
1 volume
Follows an apple plant from seed to sprout to tree, explaining the functions of roots, trunk, branches, leaves, and blossoms that lead to fruit. Also describes the cycle of seasonal changes. Includes two simple science projects. For grades 2-4. 1960.


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