Braille Book Review

July-August 2006

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

The Kingfisher Geography Encyclopedia BR 15488
by Clive Gifford
6 volumes
Comprehensive overview of the world's nations. Describes each country's physical geography, climate, people, politics and government, language, religion, currency, recent history, and unique characteristics. Also includes information about Earth's formation, its weather systems, and human impact on the planet. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2003.

Emily Post's The Guide to Good Manners for Kids BR 15882
by Peggy Post and Cindy Post Senning
1 volume
A comprehensive guide to good manners based on respect, consideration, and honesty. Explains everyday etiquette for thank-you letters, introductions, e-mail and other computer tasks, cell phone use, school and social events, as well as hospital, religious, and travel occasions. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2004.

When Bugs Were Big, Plants Were Strange, and Tetrapods Stalked the Earth: A Cartoon Prehistory of Life before Dinosaurs BR 15883
by Hannah Bonner
1 volume
Describes Earth 320 million years ago, at the end of the Paleozoic Era. Discusses the plants, insects, sea life, amphibians, and reptiles thriving at that time. For grades 3-6. 2003.

It's Back to School We Go! First Day Stories from around the World BR 15925
by Ellen Jackson
1 volume
Describes a student's typical first day of school in Kenya, Kazakhstan, Canada, Australia, Japan, China, Peru, Germany, India, Russia, and the United States. Discusses children's favorite foods and games, subjects they study, and the amount of time they spend at school. For grades K-3. 2003.

Smoking BR 15977
by Alvin Silverstein and others
1 volume
Describes the damage to body organs and the respiratory system caused by nicotine and tar in tobacco smoke and explains other harmful effects of cigarettes. Presents various methods to stop smoking, lists the benefits of being smoke-free, and provides helpful resources. For grades 4-7. 2003.

Walt Whitman: Words for America BR 16015
by Barbara Kerley
1 volume
Biography of the American poet who began work as a printer's apprentice and later nursed soldiers during the Civil War. Portrays Whitman as he expressed the nation's grief at Lincoln's assassination and captured the American spirit in verse. Includes selected poems. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2004.

Oh, No! Where Are My Pants? and Other Disasters: Poems BR 16021
edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins
1 volume
Fourteen poems about things that go wrong from embarrassing moments in the classroom, on stage, at a party, and at the beach to the death of a pet, a friend's move, a stuck Ferris wheel, and a gift that wasn't. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2005.

Knockin' on Wood: Starring Peg Leg Bates BR 16031
by Lynne Barasch
1 volume
Biography of world famous African American tap dancer who had only one leg. Tells about Clayton Bates's unstoppable love of dancing, his accident in 1919 at age twelve, and the wooden leg his uncle whittled for him--the peg leg that became his nickname. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2004.

Rain, Rain, Rain Forest BR 16039
by Brenda Z. Guiberson
1 volume
Describes some of the animals, birds, insects, and plants to be found in a tropical rain forest and tells about a scientist who studies them. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2004. 2004.

Snakes! Strange and Wonderful BR 16070
by Laurence Pringle
1 volume
An overview of snakes' physical characteristics and behavior patterns. Explains how snakes see, smell, reproduce, and kill their prey and eat it. Discusses the movement of different varieties--on the ground, in trees, under water, and through the air. For grades 3-6. 2004.

Karate for Kids BR 16090
by Robin L. Rielly
1 volume
Introduces this ancient martial art by covering the history, uniform, training, exercises, and vocabulary of the discipline. Discusses warming up and describes basic positions: stances, blocks, thrusts, and kicks. Explains testing for higher rank and the benefits of practicing the sport. For grades 4-7. 2004.

The Hero Beowulf BR 16136
retold by Eric A. Kimmel
1 volume
A brief retelling of the ancient Anglo-Saxon epic about the heroic deeds of Beowulf. Recounts Beowulf's journey to the land of the Spear-Danes to combat the slimy-green, scaly monster Grendel. For grades 3-6. 2005. 2005.

Odysseus BR 16145
retold by Geraldine McCaughrean
1 volume
After the Trojan War Odysseus begins his voyage home to Ithaca, where his wife Penelope and their son Telemachus are waiting. His journey is prolonged by shipwrecks and misadventures including encounters with the ogre Cyclops, the singing Sirens, the three- headed dog Cerberus, and others. Some violence. For grades 5-8. 2003.

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