Talking Book Topics

May-June 1998
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.

Women of Peace: Nobel Peace Prize Winners RC 40901
by Anne Schraff
read by Marilyn Gleason
1 cassette
Since 1901, the annual Nobel Prizes for outstanding achievements have included an award for promoting peace. Only nine women have received this honor, and most of them made great personal sacrifices in their work toward peace and justice. One recipient is Mother Teresa, who, at an advanced age, continues to care for poor people in India. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1994.

Black Stars in Orbit: NASA's African American Astronauts RC 41667
by Khephra Burns and William Miles
read by Chuck Young
1 cassette
In 1983 Guion Bluford became the first African American astronaut to fly in space. This book traces the history leading to that milestone, including the Tuskegee Airmen, the first black astronaut in the space program, and the important scientific and support contributions by blacks. It also tells how African American men and women continue the legacy in the 1990s. For grades 6-9. 1995.

Janice VanCleave's The Human Body for Every Kid: Easy Activities That Make Learning Science Fun RC 43479
by Janice VanCleave
read by Margaret Strom
1 cassette
Exercises, experiments, and activities designed to teach basic concepts in human anatomy and physiology. Topics for learning include cell structure, the senses, balance, movement, genetics, and the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, and musculoskeletal systems. For grades 5-7. 1995.

The Search for the Right Whale RC 44072
by Scott Kraus and Kenneth Mallory
read by Butch Hoover
1 cassette
Scientists for the New England Aquarium rediscover the extremely rare North Atlantic right whale off the coast of Maine. They then study the migration patterns of the whales as they travel from one end of the coast to the other. They also speculate about the chances for survival of an animal that was once hunted nearly to extinction. For grades 4-7. 1993.

I Am an American: A True Story of Japanese Internment RC 44161
by Jerry Stanley
read by Jim Zeiger
1 cassette
Tells of Shi Nomura, who, along with 120,000 other Japanese Americans and Japanese immigrants, was imprisoned by the U.S. government during World War II. Describes Nomura's unhappy stay at the Manzanar internment camp in California and discusses the hostility and fear experienced by those who came to America in search of a better life. For grades 5-8. 1994.

Signs of the Apes, Songs of the Whales: Adventures in Human-Animal Communication RC 44209
by George and Linda Harrar
read by Butch Hoover
1 cassette
The Harrars show how researchers have developed sign languages for talking with chimps, gorillas, and dolphins, thus proving these species have intelligence. For grades 5-8. 1989.

A. Nonny Mouse Writes Again! RC 44647
selected by Jack Prelutsky
read by Madelyn Buzzard
1 cassette
Following the success of their first collaboration in Poems of A. Nonny Mouse (RC 31528), A. Nonny Mouse and Mr. Prelutsky have selected a new group of poems for your pleasure. These include poems about a kitten named Louie, a hippopotamus whose face is as big as his bottom, and the wizard of Oz. For grades K-3. 1993.

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