Braille Book Review

September-October 2008

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

Canterbury Tales BR 17220
retold by Barbara Cohen
1 volume
Four of Geoffrey Chaucer's tales retold in modern English. The nun's priest recounts the barnyard adventures of prideful rooster Chauntecleer, the pardoner teaches a lesson about greed, the wife of Bath relates a baffled knight's dilemma, and the franklin celebrates courtly love. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1988.

Venturing the Deep Sea BR 17353
by Laurie Lindop
1 volume
Discusses the relatively uncharted realm of the deep sea and a collection of data and specimens that biologists and geologists gathered using underwater cameras, remotely operated robot explorers, and manned submersibles. Examines mid-ocean ridges, hydrothermal vents, and bioluminescent creatures. Describes a submarine expedition in the Arctic. For grades 5-8. 2006.

Chasing Tornadoes BR 17355
by Laurie Lindop
1 volume
Explains the formation of tornadoes and the science of forecasting their arrival. Discusses the contributions of "storm chasers," who conduct experiments from airplanes and ground vehicles in the section of the midwestern United States known as Tornado Alley. Features scientist Ted Fujita and his rating scale. For grades 5-8. 2003.

Hip-Hop: A Short History BR 17376
by Rosa Waters
1 volume
Traces the musical movement that began in neighborhoods in the Bronx in the 1970s and became a major cultural, political, and philanthropic force around the world. Discusses hip-hop's African origins and other influences in its development. Focuses on the positive aspects of the form. For grades 5-8. 2007.

Dinosaur Tracks BR 17390
by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
1 volume
Explains that fossils of dinosaur footprints found today are the result of tracks made and preserved millions of years ago. Includes an activity for making your own fossil handprints or footprints. For grades 2-4. 2007.

Should I Play the Piano? BR 17483
by Nicola Barber
1 volume
Explains how a piano works, what types of music can be played on it, and who some of the famous players are. Offers suggestions for finding a teacher. For grades 3-6. 2007.

Should I Play the Guitar? BR 17484
by Richard Spilsbury
1 volume
Presents the history of the instrument and the music that can be played on it. Explains the parts of the guitar and how they work together to produce sound. Discusses the advantages of learning and playing this instrument and deciding whether it is right for you. For grades 3-6. 2007.

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