2001-2002 Winter Non-Fiction


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Nancy's picks for the best non-fiction of Winter 2001-2002. Compiled by Nancy Polette 2001.
Last updated: Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Bateman, Teresa. Red, White, Blue and Uncle Who? The Stories Behind Some of America's Patriotic Symbols. Illustrated by John O'Brien. Holiday House, 2001. Gr 4-6 
At one time the White House yard was a swamp, the wild turkey might have become our national bird and the Liberty Bell was almost hauled away as scrap metal. Filled with fascinating facts, this book looks at seventeen well-loved patriotic symbols and how they came to represent America.
Brewster, Hugh & Coulter, Laurie. To Be A Princess. Illustrated by Laurie McGraw. Gr 5-7 
Here are stories of twelve real-life princesses that reveal what life behind the palace walls is really like.
Brown, Don. A Voice from the Wilderness. Houghton-Mifflin, 2001. Gr 2-4 
Beautifully illustrated account of a pioneer woman whose courage and fortitude built a life in the wilderness, and helped win the right to vote for women. 
Cobb, Vicki. See for Yourself: More than 100 Experiments for Science Fairs and Projects. Illustrated by Dave Klug. Scholastic, 2001. Gr 4-6 
Experiments from quick and easy to challenging in chemistry, earth science, physical science, the human body and technology.
Cole Joanna. Mrs. Frizzle's Adventures in Ancient Egypt. Illustrated by Bruce Degen. Scholastic, 2001.Gr. 2-4 
Mrs. Frizzle and her tour group parachute into the past where they help build a pyramid and witness the making of a mummy. 
Davis, Kenneth C. Don't Know Much About Space; Don't Know Much About the Planet Earth; Don't Know Much About the Fifty States. HarperCollins, 2001. Gr 3-6 
Fascinating facts presented in easy-to-read format. 
Fritz, Jean. Leonardo's Horse. Illustrated by Hudson Tallbott, Putnam, 2001. Gr 4-6
DaVinci often started projects without completing them including the largest statue of a horse ever conceived.
Hoose, Phillip. We Were There, Too! Young People in U.S. History. Farrar, 2001. Gr 4-8 
Stories of more than seventy young people who played a role in the making of our nation, based on primary sources, first person accounts and interviews, bringing to life the contributions of children to American history.
Kent, Peter. Hidden Under the Sea. Dutton, 2001. Gr 3-6 
Discover where sunken ships lay forgotten, giant squid spread their tentacles and coral reefs grow. Learn about legends of lost cities and mermaids. Discover how divers build underwater tunnels, work in sea labs and salvage treasures from ancient wrecks.
Kramer, Stephen. Hidden Worlds: Looking Through a Scientist's Microscope. Photos by Dennis Kunkel. Houghton-Mifflin, 2001. Gr 4-8 
Here are hidden worlds in nature that can be visited only with a microscope along with how the images are captured and how different kinds of microscopes work. Fascinating photographs provide a first hand look at images not seen by the naked eye.
Krensky, Stephen. Shooting for the Moon. Illustrated by Bernie Fuchs. Farrar, 2001. Gr. 2-4 
A lively, yet easy to read biography of Annie Oakley beginning with her childhood of poverty on a hardscrabble Ohio farm, hired out to a couple so mean she calls them "The Wolves", to her fame as a woman sharpshooter in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.
Kurlansky, Mark. The Cod's Tale. Illustrated by S. D. Schindler. Putnam, 2001. Gr 4-6 
Without the cod, a staple of their diet, the Viking might never have crossed the Atlantic Ocean. Neither would Columbus, John Cabot or the Pilgrims. Here is a new way to look at world history and the importance that the once plentiful cod fish played in it.
Lee, Milly. Earthquake. Illustrated by Yangsook Choi. Farrar, 2001. Gr 2-4
In 1906 in San Francisco, the earth shook. Buildings fell. Fires flared and hundreds fled their homes as did Milly Lee's mother. A true account of the devastating San Francisco earthquake.
Meltzer, Milton. Case Closed. Orchard Books, 2001. Gr 6-8 
The "lowdon" on what detective work is really like including training, tools, risks and rewards.
Meltzer, Milton. Piracy and Plunder, Dutton 2001. Gr 6-8 
True stories of pirates and piracy, both past and present.
Moses, Will. Johnny Appleseed: The Story of a Legend. Philomel, 2001. Gr 2-4 
Will Moses uses folk art to follow the real life Johnny , the apple tree planting folk hero who helped open and tame the American frontier.
Parker, Nancy Winslow. Land Ho! Fifty Glorious Years in the Age of Exploration HarperCollins, 2001. Gr: 2-4
From Columbus to Cabrillo, this books follows the adventures of twelve famous explorers.
Ray, Deborah Kogan. Hokusai, The Man Who Painted a Mountain. Farrar, 2001. Gr 3-6 
The artist Hokusai (1760-1849) rose from poverty, taught himself to draw and defied tradition to become one of the most important artists of the world.
Rumford, James. Traveling Man. Houghton-Mifflin, 2001. Gr 3-6 
The incredible true journey of Ibn Battuta, who in the 14th century traveled 75,000 miles, recording what he saw and heard. Told in words and pictures as well as ancient maps.
Sayre, April. Crocodile Listens. Illustrated by JoEllen Stammen. Greenwillow, 2001. Gr K-3 
A tasty frog croaks. Delicious warthogs tramp by. Crocodile doesn't move. She hasn't eaten in weeks. But she only lies and listens. Crocodile has a secret hidden in the sand.
Schaefer, Carole Lexa. Two Scarlet Songbirds. Illustrated by Elizabeth Rosen. Knopf, 2001. Gr 2-4 
When composer Anton Dvorak spent a summer in Iowa he was fascinated by the sounds of nature. Two songbirds in particular caught his interest and he tried to repeat their sounds in his music which resulted in The American Quartet, a string quartet in F major.
Takabayashi, Mari. I Live in Tokyo. Houghton-Mifflin, 2001. Gr 1-3 
A brightly illustrated introduction to a year in Tokyo including food, transportation, celebrations, buildings, activities and more.
Waters, Kate. Giving Thanks. The 1621 Harvest Feast. Scholastic, 2001. Gr K-3 
The first Thanksgiving feast beautifully recreated in photographs.
Wisler, G. Clifton. When Johnny Went Marching. HarperCollins, 2001. Gr 6-8 
True stories of young Americans who fought in the Civil War.
Wooldridge, Connie. When Esther Morris Headed West. Illustrated. by Jacquelline Rogers. Holiday House, 2001. Gr. 2-4 
In 1869 Esther Morris headed to Wyoming, a large woman with big ideas. She believed women should be able to vote and hold office and became the first female judge in the United States. Not everyone liked her ideas but she was able to change some minds in more ways than one.