Braille Book Review

March-April 2007

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

Aristotle Leads the Way: The Story of Science, Book 1 BR 15928
by Joy Hakim
3 volumes
Introduces the forefathers of modern science and the discoveries they made in astronomy, math, and physics. Proceeds from creation myths and calendars to the four elements, geometric principles, ancient cities of learning, Earth's place in the universe, and absolute zero, among other topics. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2004.

Rosa BR 16045
by Nikki Giovanni
1 volume
Account of Rosa Parks's decision to stay in her bus seat in 1955 Alabama, in defiance of segregation laws. Explains the resulting bus boycott by civil rights activists that led to the Supreme Court ruling ending racial segregation on buses. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 3-6. Coretta Scott King, Caldecott Honor Book. 2005.

Kids Knit! Simple Steps to Nifty Projects BR 16248
by Sarah Bradberry
1 volume
Presents basic knitting instructions and twenty step-by-step designs ranging in difficulty. Projects include a doll blanket, sunglasses case, ribbed scarf, house cushion, drawstring purse, backpack, and tote bag. Explains increasing and decreasing stitches to knit triangles for head kerchiefs and pot holders. For grades 5-8. 2004.

Newton at the Center: The Story of Science, Book 2 BR 16301
by Joy Hakim
5 volumes
Discusses the scientists, arguments, and breakthroughs of the Scientific Revolution that occurred between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. Explains the development of ideas from the tradition of Greek philosophy to the scientific method of observation and experimentation, which spurred discoveries like Isaac Newton's theory of gravity. For grades 5-8. 2005.

Let's Talk about Race BR 16356
by Julius Lester
1 volume
Explains that everybody has a personal story and race is only a part of it. Discusses that humans all look alike underneath their skin and that race should not determine how people are treated. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3 and older readers. 2005.

Monsters BR 16389
by Judith Herbst
1 volume
Features five strange creatures: Bigfoot, Nessie, zombies, Swamp Monster, and Mothman. Discusses claimed sightings, photographs, and movie footage and the grip of these creatures on the human imagination. For grades 3-6. 2005.

About Wise Men and Simpletons: Twelve Tales from Grimm BR 16405
translated by Elizabeth Shub
1 volume
Twelve of the Brothers Grimm's best-loved folktales. Includes "About a Fisherman and His Wife," "The Elves and the Shoemaker," "Brier Rose," "The Golden Goose," "Rumpelstiltskin," "Hansel and Gretel," and "The Bremen Town Musicians." In "The Wolf and the Seven Kids," a mother goat outwits a wolf. For grades 4-7. 1971. 1971.

Buildings, Clothing, and Art: American Indian Contributions to the World BR 16513
by Emory Dean Keoke and Kay Marie Porterfield
2 volumes
Discusses the influences of climate and local materials on American Indian houses, clothes, and artwork. Covers igloos, wigwams, and adobe pueblos; tanned hide moccasins, fur-lined parkas, and woven cloth; and decorations, wall paintings, and sculpture. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2005.

Shadow Life: A Portrait of Anne Frank and Her Family BR 16519
by Barry Denenberg
2 volumes
A biography of Anne Frank's Jewish family before, during, and after World War II. Through a combination of narrative facts, fictional reconstruction, and oral history, the author depicts the European world in which Frank wrote her diary. Violence. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2005.

Betty Crocker's Cook Book for Boys and Girls BR 16520
edited by Betty Crocker
1 volume
Two hundred forty-five step-by-step recipes featuring campfire cooking, party specials, and standard favorites for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Covers main dishes, salads, side dishes, breads, desserts, and more. Introduces cooking basics including proper use of utensils, key techniques, and practical tips. For grades 4-7. 1957. 1957.

Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl BR 16524
by Tonya Bolden
1 volume
Biography of Maritcha Rémond Lyons (1848-1929), an African American girl who fought to attend the town's only high school-- an all-white one. Describes her family and childhood in New York and Rhode Island before, during, and after the Civil War. Based on Lyons's memoir. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2005.

Geogra-Fleas! Riddles all over the Map BR 16568
by Joan Holub
1 volume
Riddles about dogs and geography for laughs while learning facts. Topics include oceans, planets, continents, and land formations; United States facts, states, state capitals; and more. Uncontracted braille. For grades 3-6. 2004.

Medical Marvels BR 16569
by Catherine Nichols
1 volume
Four unusual medical events: a man with an iron rod shot through his head survives; conjoined twin boys endure cranial separation; a girl born without arms learns to use mechanical ones; and a man with spinal cord injury regains some functions. Uncontracted braille. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2004.

Killer Rocks from Outer Space: Asteroids, Comets, and Meteorites BR 16576
by Steven N. Koppes
1 volume
Describes the role that collisions with meteors, comets, and asteroids have played in the history of Earth and other planets in the solar system. Examines actions being taken to protect Earth from future collisions. For grades 5-8. 2004.

The Three Bears and Fifteen Other Stories BR 16633
retold by Anne Rockwell
1 volume
Sixteen famous tales retold in the spirit of the originals. In "The Lion and the Mouse," a small creature rescues a strong one. In "The Gingerbread Man," a clever fox has a tasty treat. In "The Three Billy Goats Gruff," a troll has an unfortunate encounter. For grades 2-4. 1975. 1975.