Braille Book Review

November-December 2012

Books for Children


Blueberries for Sal        BR 17335
by Robert McCloskey
1 volume
One day in Maine, Little Sal goes blueberry picking with her mother. Little Bear also comes with his mother to eat blueberries on the other side of the hill. There is quite a mix-up when the little ones stray from their mothers. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. Caldecott Honor Book. 1948.

Woods Runner         BR 18934
by Gary Paulsen
1 volume
Western Pennsylvania, 1776. When a band of British soldiers and Indians attack his homestead and kidnap his parents, thirteen-year-old Samuel uses his hunting skills to track his captive parents. He encounters the enemy's cruelty in full force along the way. Some violence. For grades 6-9. 2010.

Bubble Trouble         BR 19022
by Margaret Mahy
1 volume
Mabel blows a bubble that bobbles over her baby brother and wafts him away. This results in a wild chase not only by Mabel and her mother but by the whole neighborhood. Story in rhyme. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2008.

And Then Comes Halloween         BR 19024
by Tom Brenner
1 volume
When autumn chills the air and crunchy leaves fall from trees, it is time to prepare for Halloween: decorating the house, carving pumpkins, and making costumes. Finally you go trick-or-treating with your friends and share the spooky fun. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2009.

Otis         BR 19025
by Loren Long
1 volume
A scared little calf calms down after she's placed near a softly putt-puffing tractor named Otis. They become inseparable–until the farmer buys a big yellow tractor and retires Otis. But when the calf gets stuck in Mud Pond, only her special friend can rescue her. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2009.

The Clock Struck One: A Time-Telling Tale         BR 19027
by Trudy Harris
1 volume
Expanded version of "Hickory Dickory Dock." A cat chases the mouse who ran up the clock, followed by other animals and some people too. By midnight all the tired creatures fall asleep in a heap. Includes a fact section on time- telling using analog and digital clocks. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2009.

I Know Here         BR 19047
by Laurel Croza
1 volume
To prepare for moving far away, a third-grade girl draws a picture of all the things she likes in her rural Saskatchewan home–the dirt road, trailers, river, beaver dam, frogs, and forest animals–then folds it up to take with her when she leaves for Toronto. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. Globe-Horn Book Award. 2010.

Small as an Elephant         BR 19349
by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
2 volumes
Maine. On a camping trip with his mother, eleven-year-old Jack, an expert on all things elephant, wakes up alone--his mother has deserted him. Jack does not panic or ask an adult for help, but instead sets out to find her on his own. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2011.

The Trouble with May Amelia         BR 19436
by Jennifer L. Holm
2 volumes
Washington State, 1900. Living with seven brothers and a Finnish father who thinks girls are useless is difficult for twelve-year-old May Amelia. So May Amelia eagerly translates for her father when a man offers to buy their farm. Sequel to Our Only May Amelia (BR 17367). For grades 5-8. 2011.

The Penderwicks at Point Mouette         BR 19441
by Jeanne Birdsall
2 volumes
Skye, Jane, and Batty Penderwick depart for two weeks in Maine with their Aunt Claire and are separated from their oldest sister Rosalind for the first time. This leaves Skye in charge as the OAP--oldest available Penderwick. Sequel to The Penderwicks on Gardam Street (BR 18090). For grades 4-7. 2011.

April and Esme, Tooth Fairies        BR 20001
by Bob Graham
1 volume
Tiny April Underhill, age seven and three-quarters, and her sister Esme, age six, convince their parents to let them journey for the first time into the huge world of humans–on a mission to collect Daniel Dangerfield's tooth tonight and leave him a coin. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2010.

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