1998 Nov/Dec Non-Fiction


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Nancy's picks for the best non-fiction of November and December 1998 and ideas for using them in the classroom. Compiled by Nancy Polette 1998.
Last updated: Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Beeler, Selby. THROW YOUR TOOTH ON THE ROOF. Houghton Mifflin, 1998. Gr 2- 5
Tooth traditions from around the world.
Bierman, Carol. JOURNEY TO ELLIS ISLAND. Hyperion, 1998. Gr 3-6
A true account of a young man's journey to America with actual photographs of the time.
Bowen, Betsy. TRACKS IN THE WILD. Houghton Mifflin, 1998. Gr 3-6
An introduction to animal tracks and the stories they tell.
Cowley, Joy. RED EYED TREE FROG. Scholastic, 1998.
An unusual introduction to the rain forest as tree frog seeks food while trying to avoid danger.
Curlee, Lynn. RUSHMORE. Scholastic, 1998.Gr 3-6
The story of how the son of immigrants overcame incredible obstacles to create the world's most colossal stone carving.
George, Jean Craighead. THE VOLCANO IS A GIRL. Hyperion, 1998. Gr 2-4
A tale of Katie's and her grandmother's loving relationship and of the natural history and mythology of volcanoes.
Gerstein, Mordicai. THE WILD BOY. Farrar, 1998. GR 2-5
The true story of a small boy found by hunters living alone in a forest in France in the 1800s.
Heiligman, Deborah. THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY KID'S GUIDE TO RESEARCH. Scholastic, 1998. Gr 3-6
An easy-to-read guide to research methods and tools including the internet.
Halperin, Wendy. ONCE UPON A COMPANY: A TRUE STORY. Orchard, 1998. Gr 2-4
How one family built a business of its very own.
Hooper, Meredith. TOM'S RABBIT. National Geographic, 1998.Gr 1-3
An introduction to the parts of a sailing ship on its way to Antarctica as a sailor tries to find a safe place for his pet rabbit to sleep.
Jenkins, Steve. HOTTEST COLDEST HIGHEST DEEPEST. Houghton Mifflin, 1998. Gr K-2
An introduction to geography done as a record book about places on the Earth.
Lester, Julius. BLACK COWBOY, WILD HORSES. Dial, 1998. (Gr 2-5)
The true story of Bob Lemmons, a former slave, whose tracking ability as a Texas cowboy was legendary.
Martin, Jacqueline. SNOWFLAKE BENTLEY. Houghton Mifflin, 1998. (Gr 2-4)
Misunderstood in his time, Wilson Bentley took pictures of snowflakes that revealed the basic truths that each is beautiful and no two are alike.
Masoff, Joy. EMERGENCY. Scholastic, 1998 Gr 3-6
All about emergency medicine, how it got started, the jobs that EMTs and doctors do and what happens from the beginning to the end of an emergency. Illustrated with photographs.
Pfetzer, Mark and Jack Galvin. WITHIN REACH: MY EVEREST STORY. Dutton, 1998. Gr 5-8
The personal story of the youngest climber ever to climb Everest and the tragic events of that climb.
Sturges, Philemon. BRIDGES TO CROSS. Putnam, 1998. Gr 2-6
Bridges reflect our values and lifestyles. They are symbols, celebrations and solutions. Here are bridges from around the world that show that crossing is only one reason to have a bridge.
Wells, Rosemary. MARY ON HORSEBACK. Dial, 1998.Gr 3-6
The true story of Mary Breckinridge, trained as a nurse during World War I, and who rode on horseback into the isolated mountains of Appalachia to create the Frontier Nursing Service.
Ziefert, Harriet. A POLAR BEAR CAN SWIM. Viking, 1998. Gr K-3
An informational pattern book. 'A polar bear can swim. A polar bear can dive under the ice. A polar bear can sleep curled up. But a polar bear can't sleep upside down. A bat can sleep upside down......'