Braille Book Review

March-April 2006

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

Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women BR 15766
by Cornelia Meigs
2 volumes
A vivid portrait of Little Women (BR 11778) author Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888), who based the story of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy on her own family: her hardworking mother, idealistic father, and three sisters. For grades 4-7 and older readers. Newbery Medal. 1933.

The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales BR 15831
retold by Virginia Hamilton
1 volume
Animals, fantasy, the supernatural, and desire for freedom shape this anthology of retold African American folktales, born of slaves' sorrow but passed on in hope. Includes several stories where Bruh Rabbit triumphs. For grades 4-7 and older readers. Coretta Scott King Award. 1985.

Beginning Wrestling BR 15870
by Thomas Ryan and Julie Sampson
1 volume
Introduction to competitive wrestling as practiced in elementary and secondary schools and colleges. Discusses fitness goals and basic rules--scoring, illegal holds, warnings, and penalties are all included. Also covers specific techniques, such as starting positions, hand fighting, takedowns, and finishing holds. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2001.

My Parents Are Getting Divorced: How to Keep It Together When Your Mom and Dad Are Splitting Up BR 15871
by Florence Cadier
1 volume
Advice for young people experiencing their parents' divorce. Addresses feelings that may arise before, during, and after divorce. Discusses dealing with arguments and other problems, adjusting to change, and being prepared for new family possibilities. For grades 5-8. 2004.

Are We Alone? Scientists Search for Life in Space BR 15899
by Gloria Skurzynski
1 volume
Discusses the possibilities of identifying and communicating with another life-form in our vast universe. Describes the interconnectedness of research in many scientific disciplines to investigate hospitable planets. Includes profiles of scientists dedicated to seeking extraterrestrial intelligence. For grades 5- 8. 2004.

Awakening the Dragon: The Dragon Boat Festival BR 16025
by Arlene Chan
1 volume
Explains the historical significance of the dragon in Chinese culture, describes the atmosphere of the annual rainmaking celebration, and discusses the traditions still present in the modern-day sport of dragon boat racing. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4. 2004.

The Journey of Tunuri and the Blue Deer: A Huichol Indian Story BR 16026
retold by James Endredy
1 volume
Retelling of a Mexican folktale. Lost in a forest, young Tunuri meets the magical Blue Deer, who introduces him to Father Sun, Brother Wind, Sister Water, Mother Earth, and Grandfather Fire, his special family in the natural world. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4 and older readers. Americas Award commendation. 2003.

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