Braille Book Review

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

Ben Franklin's Almanac: Being a True Account of the Good Gentleman's Life BR 15237
by Candace Fleming
2 volumes
Biography of Benjamin Franklin, who lived from 1706 to 1790, emphasizing his many accomplishments as a writer, printer, statesman, and inventor. Includes amusing stories and anecdotes, excerpts from his autobiography and other papers, family letters, and newspaper articles that reveal the breadth of Franklin's interests. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2003.

Lizards: Weird and Wonderful BR 15404
by Margery Facklam
1 volume
Introduces thirteen remarkable lizards from the Komodo dragon and marine iguana to the glass snake and Gila monster. Presents facts and true stories about each. Also provides tips on how to tell the difference between lizards and similar reptiles. For grades 3-6. 2003.

Shen of the Sea: Chinese Stories for Children BR 15509
by Arthur Bowie Chrisman
1 volume
Sixteen humorous stories capturing the spirit of Chinese culture and wisdom. In the title piece, a child learns of an ancient king who tried to save his city from flood by outsmarting the water demons. Other tales depict chopstick origins and more. For grades 5-8 and older readers. Newbery Medal. 1925.

Blind Boone, Piano Prodigy BR 15511
by Madge Harrah
1 volume
Presents the life and career of blind pianist John William "Blind" Boone (1864-1927), who toured the United States after the Civil War bringing ragtime, classical, and African American music to the concert stage for forty-seven years. For grades 5-8. 2004.

Rescue Dogs BR 15570
by Judith Janda Presnall
1 volume
Examines rescue dogs' role in natural disasters as well as after terrorist attacks. Describes the breeds, training, abilities, and handlers' selection process for choosing suitable animals. Offers anecdotes of actual cases. For grades 4-7. 2003.

Wild Turkeys: Returning Wildlife BR 15636
by John E. Becker
1 volume
Describes the wild turkey of North America, its near extinction and successful comeback, as well as the ongoing efforts to preserve this species. For grades 4-7. 2003.

The North American Beaver: Returning Wildlife BR 15637
by John E. Becker
1 volume
Discusses the history of beaver trapping and the fur trade, the near extinction of the species, and reintroduction efforts leading to the beaver's comeback. Also describes the animal's habits and habitat. For grades 4-7. 2002.

The Bald Eagle: Returning Wildlife BR 15639
by John E. Becker
1 volume
Discusses the near extinction and subsequent restoration of the bald eagle, its role in nature, and the future of this protected bird. For grades 4-7. 2002.

Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book BR 16006
by Yuyi Morales
1 volume
In this version of a traditional tale, Señor Calavera, a skeleton, arrives at Grandma Beetle's door, ready to take her to the next life. But after helping her count in English and Spanish as she makes her birthday preparations, he changes his mind. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. Pura Belpré Award. 2003.


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