Braille Book Review

January-February 2006

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

All about Braille: Reading by Touch; Transportation and Communication BR 15653
by Laura S. Jeffrey
1 volume
Discusses Helen Keller, Louis Braille, and other noted blind persons, including mountain climber Erik Weihenmayer and musicians Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder. Provides information on learning braille, using computers with braille displays, and walking with a cane or guide dog. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2004.

Ten Holiday Jewish Children's Stories BR 15719
retold by Barbara Goldin
1 volume
Highlights traditions that have grown out of Jewish holidays. Includes Shabbat, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Hanukkah, Tu B'Shvat, Purim, Passover, and Shavuot. Each story is accompanied by questions for discussion. For grades 2-4 and older readers. 2000.

The Coast Mappers BR 15775
by Taylor Morrison
1 volume
Tells how George Davidson and other scientists hired by the U.S. Coast Survey in the mid-1800s created nautical charts of California, Oregon, and Washington. Describes their hardships: perilous cliffs, harsh winters, and tense relations with local Indians. Explains surveying techniques and copperplate printing. For grades 4-7. 2004.

Merlin and the Making of the King BR 15800
retold by Margaret Hodges
1 volume
A retelling of three legends, "The Sword in the Stone," "Excalibur," and "The Lady of the Lake," all featuring King Arthur, his knights, and Merlin the magician. For grades 3-6. 2004.

Secrets of the Sphinx BR 15829
by James Cross Giblin
1 volume
Presents the probable history of the five-thousand-year-old Great Sphinx, the enormous sculpture of a pharoah's head on a lion's body that lies near the three pyramids of Giza at Cairo, Egypt. Discusses the difficulties of protecting this stone monument from air pollution. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2004.

Everything Dog: What Kids Really Want to Know about Dogs BR 15833
by Marty Crisp
1 volume
Addresses over thirty questions concerning dogs collected by the author from kids. Includes "Do dogs ever fall in love?" "Do dogs cry?" "Why aren't dogs supposed to eat chocolate?" and more. Companion to Everything Cat (BR 15834). For grades 3-6. 2003.

Everything Cat: What Kids Really Want to Know about Cats BR 15834
by Marty Crisp
1 volume
Answers to thirty frequent questions about cats, including why cats purr, play with their food, and hate going in the water as well as why their eyes glow in photographs and whether they have nine lives. Companion to Everything Dog (BR 15833). For grades 3-6. 2003.

The Bremen Town Musicians and Other Animal Tales from Grimm BR 15894
retold by Doris Orgel
1 volume
Six folktales about furry and feathered creatures. The title piece tells of older, unwanted animals who travel toward the city, planning to be musicians. On the way they trick a house full of robbers. Includes a biographical note on the Brothers Grimm. For grades K-3 and older readers. 2004.

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