Braille Book Review

November-December 2006

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

Days to Celebrate: A Full Year of Poetry, People, Holidays, History, Fascinating Facts, and More BR 15962
by Lee Bennett Hopkins
1 volume
A calendar lists each month's birthdays--of people, inventions, or historical events. Facts and poems for specific dates follow. For example, November 10, 1903, cited for the invention of the windshield wiper, is accompanied by Rebecca Kai Dotlich's poem "Windshield Wipers." For grades 4-7. 2005.

Africa: Facts and Figures BR 16181
by William Mark Habeeb
1 volume
Overview of the continent of Africa and its diverse population, geography, climate, and major cities. Discusses economic and social problems, the prevalence of poverty, and AIDS. Examines the role colonialism played in prevailing ethnic and religious conflicts. Includes some recipes and a calendar of festivals. For grades 6-9. 2005.

Caught by the Sea: My Life on Boats BR 16194
by Gary Paulsen
1 volume
Author of Hatchet (BR 11525) relates how falling in love with the ocean at age seven evolved into a later love for sailing. Describes boats he has owned, his adventures up and down the Pacific Coast, and surviving a killer storm. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2001.

Gandhi: India's Great Soul BR 16197
by Maura D. Shaw
1 volume
A biography of Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), the champion of political change through peaceful resistance. Emphasizes the spiritual beliefs that guided his actions in the nonviolent struggle to gain India's independence from Great Britain. Includes activities. For grades 2-4. 2004.

A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms BR 16275
selected by Paul B. Janeczko
1 volume
A guide to twenty-nine poetic forms including haiku, limerick, roundel, sonnet, elegy, and ballad. Provides examples with narrative explanations of each form from simple rhyme schemes-- couplet, tercet, quatrain--to more-complex combinations like the pantoum. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2005.

Saint Valentine BR 16279
by Ann Tompert
1 volume
This short biography of the Christian saint covers those facts known about him and the reason his name is connected with a holiday celebrating friendship and love. For grades 2-4. 2004.

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