Braille Book Review

May-June 2007

Books for Children

Fiction

Miss Rumphius BR 16046
by Barbara Cooney
1 volume
Young Alice recounts the life of the Lupine Lady--her great-aunt Alice Rumphius, who, as a little girl, loved the sea, longed to visit faraway places, and wished to make the world more beautiful. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1982.

Terrific BR 16049
by Jon Agee
1 volume
Eugene, a grumpy old man who mutters a sarcastic "terrific" to everything, is shipwrecked on an island. A talking parrot befriends him, helps him get off the island, and changes the way Eugene says his favorite word. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2005.

Three French Hens: A Holiday Tale BR 16050
by Margie Palatini
1 volume
When three French hens arrive unexpectedly at Phil Fox's apartment in the Bronx, all he sees are three possible meals. But he changes his mind when the good-hearted hens show him the true meaning of Christmas. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2005.

The Legend of Luke: Redwall Abbey BR 16309
by Brian Jacques
3 volumes
Mouse Martin the Warrior sets out from Redwall Abbey to journey to the northland shore, his birthplace. There he learns about the brave and noble deeds of his father, Luke--a warrior chieftain-- and uncovers mysteries about the Abbey's early years. For grades 5-8. 1999.

Inkspell BR 16310
by Cornelia Funke
5 volumes
One year after Meggie's adventures in Inkheart (BR 14997), Dustfinger--the fire-eater brought into being from words-- desperately needs to return to the original tale. Meggie, her parents, and Dustfinger's apprentice Farid follow him and soon are caught inside Inkworld, too. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2005.

The Long Patrol: Redwall Abbey BR 16312
by Brian Jacques
3 volumes
A frisky young hare called Tammo exchanges imaginary enemies for real ones when his mother sends him to join the Long Patrol of warrior hares. He proves his mettle in the defense of Redwall Abbey against the Rapscallions led by the Greatrat Damug Warfang. For grades 5-8. 1997.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas BR 16316
by Dr. Seuss
1 volume
The Grinch, whose heart is two sizes too small, tries to abolish Christmas by stealing all the presents from the people in the valley. For grades K-3. 1957.

Pearls of Lutra: Redwall Abbey BR 16332
by Brian Jacques
3 volumes
Redwall Abbey has a hidden treasure of six large, pink pearls. Hedgehog maid Tansy is determined to find them but so is Emperor Ublaz, who stole them years ago from the otters of Holt Lutra. Meanwhile Martin the Warrior attempts to rescue the kidnapped Abbott Durral. For grades 5-8. 1996.

Show Way BR 16358
by Jacqueline Woodson
1 volume
Sewing has helped the author's family find the road to freedom. This tradition began with mothers and daughters who made "show ways," patchwork quilts designed to reveal escape routes from slavery. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4 and older readers. Newbery Honor. 2005.

The Original Curious George BR 16363
by H.A. Rey
1 volume
George is a little monkey who lives in Africa. His curiosity leads to his capture by the man in the big yellow hat and lands him in many adventures before he arrives at his new home in a city zoo. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1941.

Easter Egg Disaster: A Harry and Emily Adventure BR 16381
by Karen Gray Ruelle
1 volume
Harry and Emily, cat brother and sister, make a mess when they dye Easter eggs and hide them to surprise their parents. Beginning chapter book. For grades K-3. 2004.

Frog and Toad All Year BR 16395
by Arnold Lobel
1 volume
Five stories celebrating Frog and Toad's friendship and activities through all the seasons of the year, from sledding in winter to eating ice cream in summer. Beginning reader. For grades K-3. 1976.

The Incredible Journey BR 16409
by Sheila Burnford
1 volume
A Siamese cat, an old bull terrier, and a young Labrador retriever travel 250 miles together through the Canadian wilderness to find their family. Along the way they face the dangers of starvation, wild animals, and natural disasters. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 1960.

The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories BR 16413
by Rudyard Kipling
2 volumes
Eight stories about the adventures of Mowgli, a boy reared by a pack of wolves in a jungle in India. Presented in Kipling's preferred arrangement. Includes a ninth non-Mowgli tale, "Rikki- tikki-tavi," about a valiant mongoose. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 1894.

The Hundred Dresses BR 16416
by Eleanor Estes
1 volume
The girls in her class mock Wanda Petronski because she claims to have a hundred dresses lined up in her closet but wears the same faded dress everyday. And they tease her about her Polish last name. Then Wanda stops coming to school. For grades 3-6. Newbery Honor. 1944.

The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh BR 16417
by A.A. Milne
2 volumes
The adventures of Christopher Robin, a boy, and his favorite companions--Winnie-the-Pooh, a bear; Eeyore, an old grey donkey; and Rabbit, Piglet, Kanga, and Baby Roo. Contains the unabridged texts of Winnie-the-Pooh, first published in 1926, and The House at Pooh Corner, from 1928. For grades K-3 and older readers. 1994.

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH BR 16422
by Robert C. O'Brien
2 volumes
Threatened with the loss of home and family, Mrs. Frisby, a widowed field mouse, seeks help from a colony of rats. Escapees from the NIMH laboratory, these superintelligent rats provide a solution to her dilemma. For grades 4-7. Newbery Medal. 1971.

Babe: The Gallant Pig BR 16423
by Dick King-Smith
1 volume
A piglet named Babe comes to Farmer Hogget's farm, where he is adopted by an old sheepdog. Soon Babe handles the farmer's flock of sheep so well that the farmer enters Babe in a sheepdog contest. For grades 3-6. 1983. 1983.

Outlaw Princess of Sherwood: A Tale of Rowan Hood BR 16424
by Nancy Springer
1 volume
When King Solon the Red tried to marry off his daughter Princess Ettarde, she ran away and joined Rowan Hood's outlaw band. Now to lure Ettarde, the king imprisons her mother, the queen, in a cage in cold Sherwood Forest. Sequel to Lionclaw (BR 14876). For grades 4-7. 2003.

Chico BR 16446
by Sandra Day O'Connor
1 volume
Six-year-old Sandra loves the animals on her family's Arizona ranch, especially the small horse, Chico. While Sandra is riding Chico to go check on a baby calf, a rattlesnake startles Chico. Sandra must think quickly. Autobiographical story by the first woman justice on the Supreme Court. For grades K-3. 2005.

Make Way for Ducklings BR 16447
by Robert McCloskey
1 volume
Five helpful Boston policemen stop busy city traffic so that Mrs. Mallard can move her family of eight ducklings from their island in the Charles River to their new home in the Public Garden. For grades K-3. Caldecott Medal. 1941.

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy BR 16482
by Jeanne Birdsall
2 volumes
A widowed father takes his four daughters, aged four through twelve, and the family dog on a three-week vacation at a cottage on a Berkshire Mountain estate. The girls make friends with the owner's son, much to his snobbish mother's dismay. For grades 4- 7. National Book Award. 2005.

Mariel of Redwall: Redwall Abbey BR 16572
by Brian Jacques
3 volumes
Mousemaid Mariel undertakes a quest for vengeance against the searat Gabool and his Rodent Corsairs, who imprisoned her father and left her to drown at sea. She journeys to Redwall Abbey and finds stalwart companions to accompany her through the Mossflower woods back to Gabool's stronghold. For grades 5-8. 1991.

Gulliver in Lilliput BR 16693
retold by Margaret Hodges
1 volume
On a voyage in the South Seas, an Englishman finds himself shipwrecked in Lilliput, a land where the people are only six inches high. For grades 3-6. 1995.

Annie and the Old One BR 16694
by Miska Miles
1 volume
Annie, a young Navajo girl, is upset thinking her grandmother could die. When her grandmother announces that she will return to the earth when the rug on the loom is finished, Annie tries to stop the weaving. For grades 3-6. Newbery Honor. 1971.

Green Eggs and Ham BR 16721
by Dr. Seuss
1 volume
In this rhyming story, Sam-I-Am follows his companion everywhere, begging him to taste a dish of green eggs and ham. Uncontracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 1960.

The Foot Book BR 16722
by Dr. Seuss
1 volume
Rhythmic tale about the many kinds of feet you meet--front feet, back feet, red feet, black feet--depending on whom they belong to. Uncontracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 1968.

Dr. Seuss's ABC BR 16723
by Dr. Seuss
1 volume
Rhymes for each letter in the alphabet using rhythm and repetition as learning tools. "BIG C / little c / What begins with C? / Camel on the ceiling / C....c....C." Uncontracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 1963.

The Cat in the Hat BR 16724
by Dr. Seuss
1 volume
A story in rhyme about two bored children sitting at home on a rainy day while their mother is out. Then the Cat in the Hat arrives on their doormat to show them good fun with his tricks and games. Uncontracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1957.

Figgs and Phantoms BR 16749
by Ellen Raskin
1 volume
Chronicles the fantastic adventures of the Figg family after they leave show business and settle in the town of Pineapple. Young Mona's favorite relative is her Uncle Florence, a book dealer who is leaving soon for mysterious Capri. For grades 5-8. Newbery Honor Book. 1974.

Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack: An Alphabetical Adventure BR 17001
by Doreen Cronin
1 volume
An assortment of farm animals, previously met in Click, Clack, Moo (BR 13089), enjoy a wonderful picnic going through the letters of the alphabet. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2005.

Bebé Goes Shopping BR 17003
by Susan Middleton Elya
1 volume
Rhyming text describes a trip to the supermercado for a Mamá and her sweet Bebé, who can't keep his hands inside the shopping cart until they reach the animal crackers. Includes a glossary of Spanish words. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2006.

Bad Boys BR 17004
by Margie Palatini
1 volume
Willy and Wally, two big, bad wolves, dress in sheep's clothing to hide out with the flock and steal some lamb. But Betty Mutton sees through their disguises and has her own plan for the newcomers. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2003.


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