Talking Book Topics

November-December 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.

Charles Darwin: Naturalist RC 42606
by Margaret J. Anderson
read by Brian Conn
1 cassette
Recounts the life of Charles Darwin, who was born in England in 1809. As a young man he got a job as a naturalist with a ship captain who was to map the coast of South America. This five-year trip helped form Darwin's theory of evolution, which he discussed in his controversial book The Origin of Species. For grades 4-7. 1994.

Where the Flame Trees Bloom RC 42823
by Alma Flor Ada
read by Gabriella Cavallero
1 cassette
Children's book author tells of growing up in Cuba with her extended family. She has picked stories from those "hanging in the branches of the trees of [her] childhood." Alma's blind great-grandmother Mina, who sold or gave handmade dolls to neighbors and gave gifts to her relatives according to their wealth and needs, managed to keep things in balance even though she never learned mathematics. For grades 3-6. 1994.

A Caribbean Dozen: Poems from Caribbean Poets RC 43026
edited by John Agard and Grace Nichols
read by Robin Miles
1 cassette
Collection of more than fifty poems from a "Caribbean dozen" of thirteen poets. The verses cover local themes such as market day, the coming of a hurricane, the shining sun, and a cat who can fly. Each poet offers a glimpse into a tropical childhood, and a brief biography is included for each. For grades 2-4. 1994.

Hilde and Eli: Children of the Holocaust RC 43044
by David A. Adler
read by Janis Gray
1 cassette
Hilde was the daughter of a German shop owner and Eli was the son of a Czechoslovakian rabbi. Using information from surviving family members, the author describes how the lives of Hilde and Eli were affected by Hitler's coming to power in 1933. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 1994.

Why Do Leaves Change Color? RC 43090
by Betsy Maestro
read by Patricia McDermott
1 cassette
Explains how leaves begin to change color in the fall, as the days grow shorter and the leaves get less sunlight to keep them green. For grades 2-4. 1994.

Dance with Me RC 43151
by Barbara Juster Esbensen
read by Pam Ward
1 cassette
Poems that celebrate the dance-like aspects of the wind, gardening, babies, lightning, basketball, and more. "A soft plunk! / a slam dunk / and light / as a thistle / you land." For grades 2-4. National Council of Teachers of English Award. 1995.

Out of the Ark: Stories from the World's Religions RC 43201
by Anita Ganeri
read by Suzanne Toren
1 cassette
Collection of stories comparing the diverse ways seven religions look at topics such as the Creation, the Flood, animals, and the lives of religious leaders. Contains information on Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Shinto, and Sikhism. For grades 3-6. 1994.

The Korean War: "The Forgotten War" RC 43354
by R. Conrad Stein
read by Ed Blake
1 cassette
A chronology of events and battles of the 1950-1953 Korean War, tracing the desperate American defense of Pusan, the daring invasion at Inchon, and the final stalemate at the thirty-eighth parallel. Describes the conflict as a "forgotten war" that lacked broad interest and support among Americans. For grades 6-9. 1994.

Date Rape RC 43364
by Alexandra Bandon
read by Catherine Byers
1 cassette
Discusses the phenomenon of date rape, explaining when it can occur, how to avoid it, and where victims can seek help. First-person accounts and famous cases are presented as examples. For grades 6-9. 1994.

The Bone Detectives: How Forensic Anthropologists Solve Crimes and Uncover Mysteries of the Dead RC 43424
by Donna M. Jackson
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
Follows a forensic anthropologist through his investigation of mysterious bones found at a Boy Scout camp. Proceeds step-by-step in developing a physical profile of the victim, analyzing fibers and other material found at the scene, and combining all of the evidence to solve the murder. For grades 4-7. 1996.


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