Talking Book Topics

July-August 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.

Gold: The True Story of Why People Search for It, Mine It, Trade It, Steal It, Mint It, Hoard It, Shape It, Wear It, Fight and Kill for It RC 39911
by Milton Meltzer
read by Nancy Kronenfeld
1 cassette
Gold, one of the heaviest metals, is so soft that it can be shaped into a variety of beautiful forms. The world has known about gold for at least 5,000 years. And, as the author explains, throughout history gold has been a sign of wealth and power and a driving force for adventure and discovery. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 1993.

Will I Get Breast Cancer? Questions and Answers for Teenage Girls RC 40926
by Carole Garbuny Vogel
read by Miriam Wagner
1 cassette
In a question and answer format, the author discusses the changing teenage body and describes what teenagers can do now to help protect themselves from breast cancer later. Dedicating the book to the daughter of a friend who died of breast cancer, the author also addresses risk, treatment, and coping when a mother has cancer. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 1995.

The Story of Stagecoach Mary Fields RC 40961
by Robert H. Miller
read by June Carter
1 cassette
Mary Fields was born a slave on a Tennessee plantation and played with the owner's daughter, Dolly Dunn. After the Civil War, Dolly, now a nun, asked Mary to come help her at a Montana mission. Then Mary took a job as a stagecoach driver for the U.S. Mail Service, becoming the first black woman to carry the U.S. mail. For grades K-3. 1995.

Buffalo Gals: Women of the Old West RC 41907
by Brandon Marie Miller
read by Susan McInerney
1 cassette
A look at the western migration of Americans, especially the women. Using journals, diaries, song lyrics, and letters, Miller recreates life on the plains for these courageous women. Most of the women were homesteaders with their families. Other roles included schoolteacher, shopkeeper, doctor, rancher, and mail-order bride. Miller also discusses the role of Native American women. For grades 4-6. 1995.

A Boy Called Slow: The True Story of Sitting Bull RC 41908
by Joseph Bruchac
read by Michael Kramer
1 cassette
In the 1830s, parents in the Lakota Sioux tribe gave their children childhood names like Runny Nose and Hungry Mouth. Later when the child had grown and proven himself, he earned a new name. Returns Again named his boy Slow because he never did anything quickly. Slow hated his name and tried hard to earn a better one. At fourteen, Slow had a chance to show his bravery and was named Sitting Bull. For grades K-3. 1994.

A Pizza the Size of the Sun RC 43413
by Jack Prelutsky
read by Marilyn Gleason
1 cassette
More than one hundred humorous verses. You'll meet Miss Misinformation, Herman Sherman Thurman, and Swami Gourami, who is one of a kind. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 1994.

Isaac Bashevis Singer: The Life of a Storyteller RC 44218
by Lila Perl
read by Barry Bernson
1 cassette
Recounts Singer's life from his boyhood in Poland, where he "dressed in the round velvet cap and long satin coat considered proper for the son of a Hasid," to his immigration to America and his success as a storyteller. Singer won the Nobel Prize for Literature and, twice, the National Book Award. For grades 5-8. 1994.

Animal Crackers: A Delectable Collection of Pictures, Poems, and Lullabies for the Very Young RC 44226
by Jane Dyer
read by Madelyn Buzzard
1 cassette
Collection of verse includes Mother Goose rhymes and contemporary poems about children, animals, the seasons, and things to eat. For preschool-grade 2. 1996.

America's Wetlands RC 44243
by Frank Staub
read by Butch Hoover
1 cassette
Describes the different types of wetlands--marshes, swamps, bogs, fens, wet meadows, vernal pools, and mudflats--and their importance to North America's ecology. The author discusses the variety of animal and plant life found in these areas and the factors that threaten their survival. For grades 4-7. 1995.

The Librarian Who Measured the Earth RC 44595
by Kathryn Lasky
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
1 cassette
Describes the life of Eratosthenes from his childhood in Cyrene, in ancient Greece, through his becoming the head of the great Alexandria Library in Egypt. As a child, Eratosthenes was always full of questions, and as he grew up each discovery would lead to another until he found a way to measure the earth. For grades 3-6. 1994.

Classic Poems to Read Aloud RC 44601
edited by James Berry
read by Jill Ferris
1 cassette
Poetry selected from many cultures. Beginning with the creation stories of various religions, the collection celebrates many aspects of life with themes such as elements of the earth, magic, humor, and love. For grades 4-7. 1995.

Compost! Growing Gardens from Your Garbage RC 44613
by Linda Glaser
read by Pam Ward
1 cassette
A little girl explains how her family makes compost out of garbage and uses it to grow a garden each year. Includes answers to questions adults may have about teaching their children how to compost. For grades K-3. 1996.

Archaeologists Dig for Clues RC 44653
by Kate Duke
read by Kerry Cundiff
1 cassette
During summer vacation, several children spend a day with their friend Sophie, an archaeologist. She explains how these scientists discover a place to dig and divide it up, what type of things they look for, and how they carefully uncover the items, log them in on charts, and then study them. For grades K-3. 1997.

Cat and Rat: The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac RC 44693
by Ed Young
read by Laura Giannarelli
1 cassette
In China, a long time ago, cat and rat were great friends. Then one day the emperor held a race among all the animals in the land. The first twelve to finish the race would have a year named after them. Together cat and rat plotted a way to win, but something interfered with their plans. For grades K-3. 1995.

This Strange New Feeling RC 44740
by Julius Lester
read by Connie Winston
1 cassette
Three love stories, based on actual historic incidents, about African American slave couples who gain their freedom. Stories portray the harsh realities of slavery, the terror of escape, and the problems of the newly free. For grades 6-9. 1981.

Prince William: The Boy Who Will Be King RC 44858
by Randi Reisfeld
read by Corrie James
1 cassette
This unauthorized biography--written before the death of Diana, princess of Wales--describes her son Prince William's life up to the age of fifteen. The author discusses his childhood, his schooling, his friends and girlfriends, his parents' divorce, and his future role as King William V. For grades 4-7 and older readers. Bestseller 1997.

The Great Fire RC 44868
by Jim Murphy
read by Dani Carr
1 cassette
An account of the conflagration that leveled much of Chicago in 1871. Chronicles events from the fire's outbreak and rapid spread to its extinguishment by rain, as reported by survivors and in documents of the period. Examines the origins, circumstances, and official failures that contributed to the disaster. For grades 5-8. A Newbery Honor Book. 1995.


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