Braille Book Review

May-June 2012

Books for Children

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


Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa         BR 18033
by Jeanette Winter
1 volume
Recounts the way Wangari Maathai’s love of trees led to her winning the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize. Realizing that trees are disappearing from her homeland, Wangari starts a farm for baby trees and encourages the women of Kenya to plant trees to renew their land. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3.

Easy Earth-Friendly Crafts in Five Steps         BR 18035
by Anna Llimós
1 volume
Lists materials—many recycled, such as egg cartons, paper-towel tubes, pudding cups, wooden clothespins, corks, and scraps of cloth—and the five instructions needed to make animal-shaped toys, dolls, a top, a coin purse, and more. Encourages substitutions and adult participation. PRINT/BRAILLE.
For grades K-3. 2008.

Egypt         BR 18983
by Ann Heinrichs
1 volume
Overview of the Arab Republic of Egypt, a desert country nourished by the Nile River. Describes Egypt's wildlife, including camels and crocodiles; government from Pharaohnic rule to the 1971 adoption of its constitution; and religions, focusing on Islam and Coptic Christianity. Discusses city versus rural living. For grades 5-8. 2007.

Pelé, King of Soccer/Pelé, El Rey del Fútbol         BR 19040
by Monica Brown
1 volume
Biography of Pelé, who, as a poor child in Brazil, made an unlikely promise to his father, later leading the country to three World Cup victories and scoring more than a thousand goals in his remarkable soccer career. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. English/Spanish language. (Biografía de Pelé, quien, como un niño pobre en Brasil, le hizo una promesa improbable a su padre, más tarde dirigiendo su pais a tres victorias en la Copa Mundial y anotando más de 1.000 goles en su carrera futbolística extraordinaria. Edición en tinta con braille. Para grados K a 3. Texto en inglés y español.) 2009.

Explaining Cerebral Palsy         BR 19239
by Sarah Levete
1 volume
Discusses the causes and effects of cerebral palsy and the various challenges it presents to individuals during activities such as moving around, learning, and communicating. Covers ways of managing everyday tasks and the role of assistive technology. Includes case studies of children and adults. For grades 4-7. 2010.

Adventure beneath the Sea: Living in an Underwater Science Station         BR 19282
by Kenneth Mallory
1 volume
Describes a seven-day mission in a steel cylinder off the Florida Keys, sixty feet deep in the Atlantic Ocean. Examines the scientists' living conditions and work, which includes inserting computer tags into fish. Discusses scuba diving and explains the need to return to the surface slowly. For grades 4-7. 2010.

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