Braille Book Review

May-June 2007

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

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Special Edition 2005 BR 16337
by Mary Packard
1 volume
Strange but true "fascinating facts, amazing acts, and bizarre behavior, all based on the files of Robert Ripley." Entries range from devoted dogs and unusual pets to wordplay and advertising, zany transportation, sports events, medical mysteries, and quirky "odds and ends." Uncontracted braille. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2004.

Reaching for the Moon BR 16359
by Buzz Aldrin
1 volume
The second astronaut to set foot on the moon recalls events in his life. Discusses the character traits that helped him participate in the space program. Describes his feelings about being on the first mission to the moon. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4. 2005.

My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers Growing Up with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. BR 16360
by Christine King Farris
1 volume
Author fondly recalls childhood memories of her younger brother Martin Luther King Jr., a civil rights activist. She describes their childhood games and pranks and upbringing in the segregated South. Shares inspirational family stories that influenced Dr. King's outlook. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4 and older readers. 2003.

Michael Rosen's Sad Book BR 16361
by Michael Rosen
1 volume
A father describes the sadness and other strong feelings he experiences after the death of his son. He tells how he tries to cope with his grief. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2004.

Surprising Sharks BR 16362
by Nicola Davies
1 volume
Introduces different species and sizes of sharks, pointing out the physical characteristics and behavior that makes these sea creatures such efficient hunters. Reports that while sharks kill six humans every year, people kill six million sharks in a year. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2003.

Reflections of a Peacemaker: A Portrait through Heartsongs BR 16385
by Mattie J.T. Stepanek
2 volumes
Final collection of works by the young poet who succumbed to an incurable disease at age thirteen. His mother selected some two hundred poems to create a window into Mattie's life, mind, and spirit. Sequel to Hope through Heartsongs (BR 14065). For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2005.

A Pride of African Tales BR 16392
by Donna L. Washington
1 volume
Six folktales from West Africa. "The Boy Who Wanted the Moon" is a "pourquoi" tale from the Congo that explains why there are monkeys in the world. It tells about "a spoiled child, his doting father, and a great deal of foolishness." For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2004.

Planets around the Sun BR 16445
by Seymour Simon
1 volume
Introduces the nine planets of our solar system. For grades K-3. 2002.

The Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit BR 16692
retold by Julius Lester
1 volume
A retelling of forty-eight Brer Rabbit tales in "modified, contemporary, Southern black English," with modern allusions. Includes "How the Animals Came to Earth," "Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby," and "Brer Rabbit Tricks Brer Bear." For grades 5-8 and older readers. Coretta Scott King Award. 1987.

Long Ball: The Legend and Lore of the Home Run BR 16700
by Mark Stewart and Mike Kennedy
1 volume
Discusses the history of the home run and profiles the greatest hitters including Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and Mark McGwire. Recalls the most famous home runs and presents little-known facts about the longest, shortest, and strangest. For grades 4-7. 2006.

Buffalo BR 16756
by Harold Picton
1 volume
Traces the natural history of the North American plains and wood bison. Covers their origins, physical characteristics, behavior, and life cycle as well as folklore about them. Explains their near extinction and the successful conservation efforts that developed modern herds. For grades 6-9. 2005.

Life of a Medieval Knight BR 16770
by James A. Corrick
1 volume
Focuses on knighthood between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries when it flourished in Europe. Discusses the different stages of training--page, squire, and knight--and various means of earning money. Covers methods of attack, including sieges and close-quarter. Describes the Crusades, feudalism, and the end of chivalry. For grades 5-8. 2001.

Now and Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin BR 17002
by Gene Barretta
1 volume
Discusses inventions of Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) that are still in use today, such as bifocal glasses, lightning rods, rocking chairs, and flippers for swimming. Mentions Franklin's establishment of public services like libraries and his written documents, including the Declaration of Independence. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4. 2006.

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