Braille Book Review

July-August 2012

Books for Children

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

Nonfiction

Every Thing on It         BR 18755

by Shel Silverstein
1 volume
A collection of more than one hundred previously unpublished poems from the author of A Light in the Attic (BR 11934) and Where the Sidewalk Ends (BR 11502). Includes "The Lovetobutcants," "Garlic Breath," "Nasty School," and "The Kid-Eating Land Shark." For grades 2-4 and older readers. 2011.

Greece         BR 18889

by Jen Green
1 volume
History of the ancient European country of Greece, the birthplace of Western culture. Covers the first Olympic games in the 700s B.C.E., the second-century B.C.E. Roman conquest, and occupation by Italian and German troops during World War II. Describes Greece's people, regions, and ecosystems. For grades 3-6. 2009.

The Firehouse Light         BR 19043

by Janet Nolan
1 volume
Traces the history of a small-town fire department and its changes across one hundred years. In all that time, the same four-watt lightbulb has glowed steadily to help firefighters see in the dark. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2010.

Ultimate Guide to Baseball         BR 19120

by James Buckley
2 volumes
Presents facts and statistics about the all-American game--baseball. Covers the major league teams, the World Series, playing tips, and stars including Honus Wagner, Satchel Paige, Rickey Henderson, and Albert Pujols. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2010.

Cooking with Children: Fifteen Lessons for Children, Age Seven and Up, Who Really Want to Learn to Cook         BR 19291

by Marion Cunningham
1 volume
Provides detailed instructions for beginning cooks on various food-preparation procedures and techniques. The chapter on vegetable soup describes peeling and chopping vegetables and explains the difference between boiling and simmering. Includes recipes for salad, hamburgers, pasta, chicken dinner, apple pie, and birthday cake. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 1995.

The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, and Treachery         BR 19317

by Steve Sheinkin
2 volumes
Narrative biography of Benedict Arnold (1741-1801). Discusses his birth in colonial Connecticut, brave and reckless character, heroism in George Washington's revolutionary army, marriage to a prominent Philadelphian, switch in allegiance to the British army, and disgrace and death in exile. Cites primary sources. For grades 6-9. 2010.

Americans with Disabilities Act         BR 19318

by Susan Dudley Gold
2 volumes
Discusses the Americans with Disabilities Act and profiles its proponents and opponents. Examines the impact of the 1990 law on public policy protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities in the fields of employment, housing, public facilities and transportation, and communications systems. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2011.

Cats vs. Dogs         BR 19412

by Elizabeth Carney
1 volume
Presents fun facts about whether dogs or cats make better pets. Discusses the animals' sense of smell and hearing and the ways they communicate, hunt, and clean themselves. For grades K-3. 2011.

Meet My Girls: Eightieth Anniversary of the Seeing Eye, Inc., 1929-2009         BR 19424

by Grace D. Napier
2 volumes
Napier, an educator who has been blind since birth, explains the purpose of the Seeing Eye, Inc., dog-guide school in New Jersey. Shares her experiences with the ten dogs she has had over the years and describes their training. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2010.

Favorite Medieval Tales         BR 19425

by Mary Pope Osborne
1 volume
Nine folktales from western Europe about knights, monsters, and the supernatural. Introduces heroes such as Finn MacCoul, Beowulf, King Arthur, Hagen, Roland, Marrok the Werewolf, Gawain, Robin Hood, and Chanticleer the rooster. For grades 4-7. 1998.

Can I See Your ID? True Stories of False Identities         BR 19430

by Chris Barton
1 volume
Recounts the cases of ten imposters who assumed false identities for money or kicks, to expose injustice, to escape persecution, or other reasons. Includes the arrest of sixteen-year-old Keron Thomas, who impersonated a New York City subway motorman for the thrill of driving a train. For grades 6-9. 2011.


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