Braille Book Review

March-April 2009


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

An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 BR 17407
by Jim Murphy
1 volume
Describes the horrific events in Philadelphia in 1793 when citywide illness prevented Congress from convening. Thousands of people were dying, many unattended, and physicians of the time were unsure of the cause or treatment of the yellow-fever outbreak. For grades 6-9. Newbery Honor Book. 2003.

You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Mother Goose Tales to Read Together BR 17441
by Mary Ann Hoberman
2 volumes
Short stories in verse based on familiar nursery rhymes. In "Little Miss Muffet," the spider politely asks to join Miss Muffet on her tuffet and after some discussion is permitted to stay. And Jack and Jill have a safer trip up the hill the second time. For grades K-3. 2005.

You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together (in Which Wolves Are Tamed, Trolls Are Transformed, and Peas Are Triumphant) BR 17444
by Mary Ann Hoberman
2 volumes
Short rhymed stories based on eight traditional fairy tales. The princess and the pea discuss their feelings and become friends. In this version of "The Three Little Pigs," the pig keeps the wolf in a pot of boiling water until the wolf says he's sorry. For grades K-3. 2004.

You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Scary Tales to Read Together BR 17445
by Mary Ann Hoberman
2 volumes
Rhyming tales for Halloween or anytime you want to read about scary creatures such as mummies, witches and broomsticks, skeletons, dinosaurs, dragons and knights, or zombies. Also includes tales about trick-or-treating. For beginning readers or a child and adult to read together. For grades K-3. 2007.

The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems BR 17465
compiled by Jackie Morris
1 volume
Anthology of poems--by Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, A.A. Milne, and others--that celebrate the human experience. In "The Tale of Custard the Dragon" by Ogden Nash, a cowardly pet dragon leaps to defend his mistress from a pirate. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2006.

Should I Play the Trumpet? BR 17508
by James Phillpotts
1 volume
Provides an overview of information about the trumpet--its history, the way the instrument works, what is involved in learning to play, famous trumpeters, and recommended recordings to listen to. For grades 3-6. 2007.

Should I Play the Flute? BR 17534
by Nicola Barber
1 volume
Features a history of the flute, a member of the woodwind family played in marching bands and orchestras. Explains how the flute produces sound, how to choose an instrument, and how to find a teacher. For grades 3-6. 2007.

Australia BR 17762
by Kate Turner
1 volume
Overview of the country that is Earth's smallest continent. Describes Australia's geography, plants and animals, history, government, economy, holidays, and culture, including that of the native Aboriginal people. Includes a glossary of common Australian words, such as "g'day." For grades 3-6. 2007.

Italy BR 17763
by Robert Anderson
1 volume
An overview of this southern European nation. Describes Italy's geography, weather, plants and animals, history, government, holidays, family life, economy, and culture. Includes a glossary of common Italian phrases. For grades 3-6. 2006.


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