Talking Book Topics--July-August 1997

Books for Children--Nonfiction

Books listed in this issue of Talking Book Topics were recently sent to cooperating libraries. The complete collection contains books by many authors on fiction and nonfiction subjects, including animals, geography, nature, mystery, sports, and others. Contact your cooperating library to learn more about the wide range of books available in the collection. Cassette books, labeled with the code RC, play at 15/16 ips. To order books, contact your cooperating library.

Science Projects about Weather RC 42153
by Robert Gardner and David Webster
read by Butch Hoover
1 cassette
Twenty-two experiments designed to help you understand weather. The experiments cover topics such as the atmosphere, rain and snow, temperature, air and wind, and weather stations. Many of the projects are suitable for expansion into science fair projects. Contains safety tips and a list of suppliers. For grades 6-9. 1994.

To the Top of the World: Adventures with Arctic Wolves RC 42183
by Jim Brandenburg
read by Jack Fox
1 cassette
The author, who works for National Geographic, chronicles the several months he lived with the arctic wolves of Ellesmere Island. Because the wolves had never been exposed to humans and had no reason to fear them, Brandenburg was able to live very close to the animals, learning about their hierarchy, the care of their pups, and their daily habits. For grades 4-7. 1993.

Walt Whitman RC 42184
by Catherine Reef
read by John Polk
1 cassette
A look at the life and poetry of the writer, born in 1819, who saw great changes in America. Tells of Whitman's life on the move as the country was expanding westward. Through examples from Whitman's poetry, Reef shows Whitman's love of nature and of hard-working individualists. She also tells the background of Whitman's most famous works, including Leaves of Grass (RC 32177). For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1995.

Marcus Garvey RC 42446
by Mary Lawler
read by Bob Moore
1 cassette
Discusses the conditions of black people around the world in the early 1900s that led the controversial Garvey to champion the cause of black nationalism. Born in Jamaica, he spoke against injustice and founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association to heighten black pride. Although Garvey fell from power near the end of his life, this book tells how his philosophy continued to influence world history. For grades 5-8. 1988.

Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction RC 42501
by David Macaulay
read by Lynn Schrichte
1 cassette (Reissue)
Details how generations of dedicated churchmen and craftsmen, working for nearly a century, build a great cathedral in an imaginary town in thirteenth-century France. For grades 5-8. 1973.

Teens with Physical Disabilities: Real-Life Stories of Meeting the Challenges RC 42509
by Glenn Alan Cheney
read by Lynn Schrichte
1 cassette
Eight teenagers describe the impact their physical disabilities have made on their lives. Three of the youths use wheelchairs because of injuries. Others deal with blindness, deafness, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and rheumatoid arthritis. For grades 6-9. 1995.

Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution RC 42521
by Natalie S. Bober
read by Mary Kane
2 cassettes
Biography of the first lady, who was an exemplary woman of the eighteenth century. Intelligent and capable, she was also modest and soft, as women were expected to be. The author presents Abigail's thoughts and concerns as expressed in her letters and reveals Abigail's unique character. Bober also tells what daily life was like for educated women of Revolutionary times. For grades 5-8. 1995.

The Bible Storybook: Ten Tales from the Old and New Testaments RC 42534
retold by Georgie Adams
read by Lynn Schrichte
1 cassette
Six stories from the Old Testament and four from the New Testament adapted by Adams to be shared orally, with tone and details adjusted to make the stories easy to read. For grades K-3. 1994.

Gung Hay Fat Choy: Happy New Year RC 42638
by June Behrens
read by Pam Ward
1 cassette
Gung Hay Fat Choy is the Chinese New Year, a festival that may last for many days with family reunions, ceremonies honoring ancestors, and rituals thanking the gods for their blessings. It is also a grand birthday party, for the Chinese add a year to their age on Gung Hay Fat Choy, no matter the day of their birth. This book explains the Chinese New Year and describes its celebration by Chinese Americans. For grades K-3 and older readers. 1982.

Smart Money: The Story of Bill Gates RC 42644
by Aaron Boyd
read by Jamie Horton
1 cassette
The author relates how Gates's reputation for being a difficult person did not hamper his quick rise to the top of the computer industry. Gates was introduced to his first computer in high school about the same time he announced that he would be a millionaire by the age of thirty. Using his knowledge of computer software and his business savvy to form Microsoft, Gates instead became a multibillionaire. For grades 6-9. 1995.

Brides, Midwives, and Widows RC 42646
by Judith Bentley
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
1 cassette
Describes in their own words the lives of the women who traveled west to become hardworking wives, mothers, teachers, midwives, and neighbors. Also provides firsthand accounts of the letters men sent east to encourage spouses or future brides to join them. For grades 6-9. 1995.

Unraveling Fibers RC 42653
by Patricia A. Keeler and Francis X. McCall
read by Bob Askey
1 cassette
Describes how different kinds of fibers or thin threads are taken from nature or created by humans to make cloth. Natural fibers include cotton, flax, and jute from plants; angora from rabbits; cashmere and mohair from goats; silk from worms; and fleece from sheep, llamas, and alpacas. Synthetic fibers include rayon and polyester. For grades 3-6. 1995.

I Had a Lot of Wishes RC 42663
by James Stevenson
read by Bob Askey
1 cassette
When I was young, I had lots of wishes. I wished for something to happen, I wished for something not to happen, or I wished I could get something I didn't have--or at least borrow it. Some wishes were big, and some were small. Then one summer, I wished I could go to camp, and I finally got my wish! But when I got to camp, I had another wish. For grades K-3. 1995.

Explorers, Trappers, and Guides RC 42664
by Judith Bentley
read by Chuck Benson
1 cassette
Provides first-person accounts of life on the western frontier as people from all over the globe settled in the Far West territory of the United States. Includes stories by men who accompanied explorers such as Lewis and Clark, Estevanico, Coronado, Captain Cook, and John C. Fremont. For grades 6-9. 1995.

Cowboys: Roundup on an American Ranch RC 42672
by Joan Anderson
read by Bob Askey
1 cassette
Leedro Eby, thirteen, and his brother, Colter, eleven, live and work on a ranch in New Mexico that has been in their family for 150 years. Now it is roundup time and they are helping their parents and the other cowboys search for the cattle. For grades 3-6. 1996.

The Invisible Thread RC 42673
by Yoshiko Uchida
read by Yvonne Fair Tessler
1 cassette
Uchida describes how her ordinary lifestyle as a Japanese American growing up in California came to an abrupt end when she and her family were imprisoned after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. Following her release from the relocation camp in Topaz, Utah, Uchida became a teacher and wrote books about Japanese American children, including The Happiest Ending (RC 25223). For grades 6-9. 1991.

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