Braille Book Review

March-April 2007

Books for Children


The Happy Lion BR 16042
by Louise Fatio
1 volume
After a door at the zoo is left open, a lion goes out to see his friends. As he strolls through the town, he quickly learns that people are not nearly as polite or friendly there as they are when visiting him at the zoo. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1954.

The ABC Bunny BR 16043
by Wanda Gág
1 volume
When an apple crashes from a tree, a little bunny dashes for elsewhere, scampering through every letter in the alphabet on his journey. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 1933. 1933.

Mr. Gumpy's Outing BR 16044
by John Burningham
1 volume
One day when Mr. Gumpy goes out on the river in his boat, he gathers his many friends along the way. The boat becomes too crowded and the inevitable happens, but Mr. Gumpy remains cheerful and saves the day. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 1970. 1970.

Doņa Flor: A Tall Tale about a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart BR 16047
by Pat Mora
1 volume
When the villagers hear the terrible roar of a dangerous animal, they are too frightened to investigate. Their giant protector Doņa Flor, who can speak with animals, makes a surprising discovery about the loud noise. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. Belpré Award. 2005.

Bee-bim Bop! BR 16048
by Linda Sue Park
1 volume
A young girl helps her mother shop for food, cook the meal, and set the table for her favorite Korean dish--bee-bim bop! A story in rhyme. Contains step-by-step instructions for a child and an adult to prepare this rice dish topped with vegetables and meat. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2005.

Not the End of the World BR 16241
by Geraldine McCaughrean
2 volumes
The animals and humans on Noah's ark describe suffering through many trials including a tidal wave and hunger. Noah's daughter Timna defies him and rescues a boy and his baby sister from drowning. Many on board begin to question Noah's faith in God. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2004.

George and Martha: The Complete Stories of Two Best Friends BR 16313
by James Marshall
1 volume
This single volume contains all seven of Marshall's books-- thirty-five stories--about two hippopotamuses, George and Martha. By sharing their humorous adventures and forgiving each other's failings, George and Martha demonstrate how to be true friends. For grades 2-4. 1972.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever BR 16320
by Barbara Robinson
1 volume
The Herdmans are the worst kids in town, so when they take over the lead roles in the church's annual Christmas pageant, they cause quite a commotion. For grades 4-7. 1972. 1972.

Season of the Sandstorms: Magic Tree House, Book 34 BR 16328
by Mary Pope Osborne
1 volume
Guided by a magic rhyme, Jack and Annie travel back to the Golden Age of Baghdad. Their mission is to help the caliph (ruler) spread wisdom to the world. But first they must find out about riding a ship of the desert to reach the city. For grades 2-4. 2005.

Dad, Jackie, and Me BR 16354
by Myron Uhlberg
1 volume
Brooklyn, New York; 1947. A boy learns about discrimination and tolerance as he and his deaf father share their enthusiasm for baseball and the Dodgers' first African American player, Jackie Robinson. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4. 2005.

Zen Shorts BR 16355
by Jon J. Muth
1 volume
Three siblings, Addy, Michael, and Karl, separately visit Stillwater, the giant panda who has moved into their neighborhood. He tells a relevant Zen Buddhist story to each one, inspiring a new outlook on the world and one another. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2005.

Crictor BR 16357
by Tomi Ungerer
1 volume
Madame Bodot is surprised to receive a boa constrictor for a birthday present, but soon she is knitting a long sweater for him and taking him to the school where she teaches. Then one night Crictor repays her kindness with his bravery. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1958. 1958.

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish BR 16379
by Dr. Seuss
1 volume
A story-poem about the activities of such unusual animals as the Nook, Wump, Yink, Yop, Gack, and Zed. For preschool-grade 2. 1960. 1960.

Morgy Coast to Coast BR 16386
by Maggie Lewis
1 volume
After moving from California to Massachusetts, Morgy experiences many changes. As he adjusts to fourth grade, Morgy learns to play the trumpet, joins the ice hockey team, adopts a greyhound named Dante, and makes new friends. Sequel to Morgy Makes His Move (BR 12739). For grades 2-4. 2005.

Many Moons BR 16408
by James Thurber
1 volume
Princess Lenore does not feel well and her father, the king, promises her anything her heart desires to make her better. But when she requests the moon, only the court jester figures out how to obtain it. For grades K-3. Caldecott Medal. 1943. 1943.

Black Beauty BR 16469
by Anna Sewell
1 volume
England, 1870s. Black Beauty, a good-natured and strong stallion, tells of his adventures working with many types of people, some kind and others cruel. Written to encourage better treatment of horses. Some violence. For grades 4-7. 1877. 1877.

Eyes of the Emperor BR 16470
by Graham Salisbury
2 volumes
Hawaii, 1941. Sixteen-year-old Eddy and his two buddies join the U.S. Army, but after the attack on Pearl Harbor their Japanese ancestry becomes a problem. They are commanded to serve as human targets for dogs training to hunt and kill enemy Japanese. Some violence. For grades 6-9. 2005.

The Fledgling BR 16472
by Jane Langton
1 volume
Young Georgie's fondest wish is to be able to fly. When she meets a Canadian goose, the Goose Prince, her dreams come true for a while. For grades 3-6. Newbery Honor Book. 1980. 1980.

Tracker BR 16563
by Gary Paulsen
1 volume
Thirteen-year-old John Borne looks forward to hunting deer for food as time to spend with his grandfather. But this year his grandfather is dying of cancer and John will hunt alone. As he tracks a doe through the woods, John ponders taking life and comprehending death. For grades 5-8. 1984. 1984.

Wild Boy: A Tale of Rowan Hood BR 16573
by Nancy Springer
1 volume
Since his father died, Rook has run wild as a wolf and joined Rowan Hood's forest band. Rook blames the sheriff of Nottingham for the death and now sees a chance for revenge against the sheriff's son. Sequel to Outlaw Princess of Sherwood (BR 16424). For grades 4-7. 2004.

Harriet the Spy BR 16628
by Louise Fitzhugh
2 volumes
Harriet M. Welsch, eleven, is a spy. She wears a sleuthing outfit and records in a secret notebook her observations--both good and bad--of her friends and neighbors. When her classmates discover the journal, many feelings are hurt and Harriet is in trouble. For grades 3-6. 1964. 1964.

Billy the Kid BR 16629
by Theodore Taylor
2 volumes
Arizona, 1881. Young orphan Billy Bonney is persuaded to take part in his first train robbery, unaware that his cousin and best friend Willie Monroe is now the sheriff. Soon Billy's two-timing partners and Willie are chasing him down. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2005.

Discovery at Flint Springs BR 16630
by John R. Erickson
1 volume
Texas, 1927. Summer boredom ends for fourteen-year-old Riley and his twelve-year-old brother Coy when family friend Aaron Kaplan lands an airplane at their ranch. Out steps Dr. Montrose from the Peabody Museum and the boys' archaeological adventure begins. Sequel to Moonshiner's Gold (BR 14150). For grades 5-8. 2004.

The Story of Ferdinand BR 16631
by Munro Leaf
1 volume
Ferdinand, a strong bull who likes to sit quietly and smell flowers, is mistakenly thought to be the fiercest bull in Spain. He is carted off to the bullring in Madrid, where a surprise awaits the spectators. For grades K-3. 1936. 1936.

When Shlemiel Went to Warsaw and Other Stories BR 16748
by Isaac Bashevis Singer
1 volume
Eight tales based on traditional Jewish themes from Eastern Europe and filled with fools and wise men, witches, demons, and devils. In the title story, Shlemiel is so stubborn that he won't believe his own eyes. For grades 4-7 and older readers. Newbery Honor Book. 1968. 1968.

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