2002-2003 Winter Non-Fiction


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Nancy's picks for the best non-fiction of Winter 2002-2003. Compiled by Nancy Polette 2002.
Last updated: Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Arnold, Ann. THE ADVENTUROUS CHEF: ALEXIS SOYER. Farrar 2002. Gr 3-6.
The story of the man who revolutionized the culinary world.
Arnosky, Jim. FIELD TRIPS. HarperCollins, 2002. Gr 4-7
With hints for sharpening observational skills, the author takes you on a hike to discover, draw and record birds, insects, shells, animals and other finds from a busy day's watch.
Arnosky, Jim. TURTLE IN THE SEA. Putnams, 2002 Gr K-3
Turtle must battle sharks, boats, storms and nets to stay alive. An exciting tale.
Bishop, Nic. BACKYARD DETECTIVE: CRITTERS UP CLOSE. Scholastic, 2002 Gr 3-6
A photographic exploration of creatures common to backyards. Young explorers will discover their own minitaure wilderness.
Brown, Craig. BARN RAISING. Greenwillow, 2002. Gr K-3
An Amish community builds a barn in a day. A tale of generosity, cooperation and neighborly concern.
Brown, Don. FAR BEYOND THE GARDEN GATE. Houghton-Mifflin, 2002. Gr 3-6
Alexandra David-Neel's journey , treking through snow-choked mountain passes and wild encounters on the Tibetan tablelands in 1924.
Carr, Karen. DINOSAUR HUNT. HarperCollins, 2002. Gr 2-6
The lifelike art of Karen Carr creates a strange and threatening world and one of the most gripping tales a few footprints ever told.
Cohen, Daniel & Susan. HAUNTINGS & HORRORS. Dutton, 2002. pb Gr 4-8
101 monster sightings, UFO visitations and hauntings from every state pack this guide to America's most hair-raising places.
Davis, Kenneth C. DON'T KNOW MUCH ABBOUT THE KINGS AND QUEENS OF ENGLAND? HarperCollins, 2002. Gr 4-7
In question and answer format the author shows royal life, what it is like to wear a crown, the ruler's changing role in making laws, battles, castles and much more.
Driscoll, Laura. NEGRO LEAGUES; ALL BLACK BASEBALL. Illustrated by Tracy Mitchell. Grosset, 2002.Gr 2-4
Story of the Negro teams that played betwen 1900 and 1947.
An illustrated edition of the words that made America.
Freedman, Russell. CONFUCIUS:THE GOLDEN RULE. Illustrated by Frederic Clement. Scholastic, 2002. Gr 4-6.
A lively introduction to the life and teachings of Confucius.
Freedman, Russell. GIVE ME LIBERTY. Holiday House, 2002. Gr 4-6
The story of the Declaration of Independence, lavishly illustrated.
Gellman, Marc. AND GOD CRIED,TOO. HarperCollins, 2002. Gr 3-6
A kids' book of healing and hope as an angel-in-training learns about God.
Giblin, James Cross. THE LIFE AND DEATH OF ADOLPH HITLER. Clarion, 2002. Gr 7-9.
An excellent biography detailing the forces that shaped Hitler, the conditions that brought him to power, and why his name inspires anger, fear and hatred even today.
Green, Michelle. A STRONG RIGHT ARM. Dial 2002 Gr 5-7
The story of Mamie "Peanut" Johnson, only one of three womento play in the Negro Leagues.
Haduch, Bill. SCIENCE FAIR SUCCESS SECRETS. Dutton, 2003. Gr 3-6.
Ways to create original, prizewinning science fair projects.
Holub, Joan. VALLEY OF THE GOLDEN MUMMIES. Grosset, 2002 Gr 2-5
Easy inroduction to mummies with humorous illustrations.
Krensky, Stephen. PAUL REVERE'S MIDNIGHT RIDE. Illustrated by Greg Harlin. HarperCollins, 2002. Gr 3-6
A dramatic account of the night Paul Revere galloped into history.
Lafasse, Emeril. THERE'S A CHEF IN MY SOUP. HarperCollins, 2002. Gr 4-7
Recipes for kids to make alone or with an adult chosen by a famous chef and tested by children.
Lerner, Carol. BUTTERFLIES IN THE GARDEN. HarperCollins, 2002. Gr K-3
A beautifully illustrated introduction to butterflies and how to lure them into your garden.
Marrin, Albert. DR JENNER AND THE SPECKLED MONSTER. Dutton, 2002. GR 4-7.
A combination of medical detection and human history in the search for a smallpox vaccine.
Meltzer, Milton. TEN KINGS AND THE WORLDS THEY RULED. Orchard Books, 2002. Gr 4-8.
From Hammurabi to Peter, the Great, here is a chronicle of how political leaders use and abuse power. Stories of ten kings show how one person can change the course of history.
Myers, Walter Dean. PATROL: AN AMERICAN SOLDIER IIN VIETNAM. Illustrated by Ann Grifalconi. HarperCollins, 2002. Gr 4-8
A dramatic picture book account of a young, frightened soldier on patrol during the Vietnam War. Heart-pounding and tense.
New York Times. A NATION CHALLENGED. Scholastic, 2002.
A visual histoy of 9/11 and its aftermath.
Nixon, Joan Lowery. THE MAKING OF A WRITER. Delacorte, 2002. Gr 5-8
A prolific author takes the reader on a journey toward reading and ultimately writing.
Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw. THE LEWIS AND CLARK TRAIL: THEN AND NOW. Dutton, 2002. Gr 4-7.
The contrast between the American West then and now with prints, photographs and paintings.
Pinkney, Andrea Davis. ELLA FITZGERALD;THE TALE OF A VOCAL VIRTUOSA. Illustrated by Brian Pinkney. Hyperion, 2002
"Determination was her teacher. The sidewalk was her stage. Imagination was her spotlight. A well told biography of the famous singer.
Rockwell, Ann. THEY CALLED HER MOLLY PITCHER. Knopf, 2002. Gr 2-4
A rousing tale of the American Revolution and one very independent-minded woman, Molly Pitcher.
Ryan, Pam Munoz. WHEN MARION SANG. Illustrated by Brian Selznick. Scholastic, 2002. Gr 3-6.
A beautifully illustrated life of the famous singer, her talent, the strength of her character and the troubled times in which she lived.
Sheindlin, Judy. YOU CAN'T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER: COOL RULES FOR SCHOOL. Illustrated by bob Tore. Cliff Steet books, 2002. Gr 2-5
Judge Judy tackles moral choices kids must make every day at school.
Shafer, Anders C. THE FANTASTIC JOURNEY OF PIETER BRUEGEL. Dutton, 2002. Gr 4-7
The two year journey of the artist, observing, drawing and, at times, escaping from danger.
Stanley, Diane. SALIDAN NOBLE PRINCE OF ISLAM. HarperCollins, 2002. Gr 5-7
Biography of the 12th century warrior who longed for peace. Revered even by his enemies as the "marvel of his time."
Weitzman, David. MODEL T: HOW HENRY FORD BUILT A LEGEND. Crown, 2002. Gr 4-6.
The story of how Henry Ford built a sturdy, dependable, inexpensive car despite warnings that it couldn't be done.
Zoehfeld, Kathleen Weidner. DINOSAURS BIG AND SMALL. HarperCollins, 2002. Gr 1-4
A colorful introduction to a variety of dinosaurs with large, easy-to-read print.