Braille Book Review

July-August 2008

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

Jack and the Beanstalk BR 17238
by E. Nesbit
1 volume
Young Jack angers his mother by trading the family cow for a handful of colored beans, which she throws out the cottage window. The next morning when Jack sees a beanstalk reaching to the sky, he climbs it--and his adventures begin. For grades 2-4. 1908.

Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow BR 17284
by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
2 volumes
Traces the Hitler Youth movement's development during the period 1926 to 1945, when it indoctrinated German children and teens in Nazi ideology and loyalty to Hitler. Features personal accounts of members such as Elisabeth Vetter, who betrayed her own parents for objecting to Hitler. Violence. For grades 6-9. Newbery Honor, Sibert. 2005.

Tiger's Story BR 17330
by Harriet Blackford
1 volume
Tells about Tiger's behavior and growth from young cub to independent adult hunter. An author's note provides facts about tigers and explains why they are an endangered species. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2007.

After the Dinosaurs: Mammoths and Fossil Mammals BR 17343
by Charlotte Lewis Brown
1 volume
Describes ten unusual animals that lived long ago, including the woolly mammoth, the saber-toothed tiger, and the hyracotherium-- the ancestor of all horses. Beginning reader. For grades K-3. 2006.

The Race for Space: The United States and the Soviet Union Compete for the New Frontier BR 17344
by Betsy Kuhn
1 volume
Discusses the beginning of the space age, from the Soviet launch of Sputnik in 1957 to the American astronauts' moon landing in 1969, with comments on later developments. Examines the rivalry between the two superpowers and its influence on American society and government policy. For grades 6-9. 2007.

Probing Volcanoes BR 17354
by Laurie Lindop
1 volume
Examines the work of volcanologists, focusing on geological discoveries and eruption predictions. Discusses safety issues, instruments, and technological developments in the field, including the use of robots. Features Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines, Mount St. Helens in Washington state, and Hawaii's Kilauea volcano. For grades 5-8. 2003.

The Bermuda Triangle BR 17364
by Jim Whiting
1 volume
Discusses the mysterious disappearances of many ships and airplanes in the geographical triangle formed by Florida, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico. Provides a chronology of strange occurrences in the area from 1492 to 2004. Offers various explanations including scientific and supernatural. Uncontracted braille. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2007.

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