Braille Book Review

March-April 2010

Books for Children

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


When the Wolves Returned: Restoring Nature's Balance in Yellowstone BR 17884
by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
1 volume
Describes the change in the balance of nature in Yellowstone National Park after the disappearance of wolves, including an increase in the elk and coyote populations. Gives the reasons that wolves were brought back and explains the resulting benefits to the park. For grades 2-4. 2008.

Spatulatta Cookbook: Recipes for Kids, by Kids, from the James Beard Award-Winning Spatulatta Web Site BR 17885
by Isabella Gerasole and Olivia Gerasole
1 volume
More than fifty recipes--from soups, salads, and snacks to main dishes and desserts--grouped by season with special sections for vegetarians. Lists ingredients, equipment, and step-by-step directions. Includes explanations of basic kitchen skills and cooking terms. For grades 3-6. 2007.

Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great: The Knights' Tales, Book 1 BR 18111
by Gerald Morris
1 volume
Relates the tales of brave Sir Lancelot. In "The Knight in Shining Armor" Lancelot, heading for King Arthur's court, must defend himself against sixteen knights in turn before he realizes that he has entered a jousting tournament. For grades 3-6. 2008.

Jewish Holidays Cookbook: Festive Meals for Celebrating the Year BR 18274
by Jill Colella Bloomfield
1 volume
Discusses eleven Jewish holidays, each accompanied by recipes for the ancient and modern dishes traditionally served. Covers foods from challah bread for Shabbat dinner to potato pancakes for Hanukkah and stuffed cabbage rolls for Sukkot. Includes instructions for keeping kosher. For grades 4-7. 2008.

Up Close: W.E.B. Du Bois BR 18318
by Tonya Bolden
2 volumes
Biography of African American activist, poet, and scholar William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1868-1963). Discusses his earning a PhD from Harvard University and his commitment to racial equality, justice, and world peace in the context of segregation, the Jim Crow laws, and two world wars. For grades 6-9. 2008.

Three Presidents Died on the Fourth of July: And Other Freaky Facts about the First Twenty-five Presidents BR 18319
by Barbara Seuling
1 volume
Presents unusual facts about U.S. presidents, such as who gave the shortest inaugural speech, who had the first indoor plumbing at the White House, who was the last to have a beard, what Abraham Lincoln carried in his stovepipe hat, and much more. Uncontracted braille. For grades 3-6. 2008.

Danger in the Desert: True Adventures of a Dinosaur Hunter BR 18321
by Roger Cohen
1 volume
Traces the life and career of American paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews (1884-1960), whose 1922 expedition discovered an enormous dinosaur fossil trove in the Flaming Cliffs of Mongolia's Gobi Desert. Recounts Andrews's death-defying escapes from dangerous animals, terrain, and people while on the pursuit of scientific artifacts. For grades 6-9. 2008.

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