2004-2005 Winter Non-Fiction


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Nancy's picks for the best non-fiction of Winter 2004-2005. Compiled by Nancy Polette 2004.
Last updated: Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Adler, David A. ENEMIES OF SLAVERY. Illustrated by Donald A. Smith. Holiday House, 2004. Gr 4-6
Fourteen men and women who fought against slavery in a variety of ways. Easy-to-read text and dramatic illustrations.

Ammon, Richard. VALLEY FORGE. Illustrated by Bill Farnsworth. Holiday House, 2004. Gr 4-8
A well written account of the winter of 1778 at Valleyey Forge enhanced by stirring illustations.

Barron, Rex. SHOWDOWN AT THE FOOD PYRAMID. Putnam, 2004. Gr 2-4
A lively introduction to the food pyramid when junk foods try kicking out the fruits and vegetables.

Barron, T.A. HIGH AS A HAWK. Illustrated by Ted Lewin. Philomel, 2004. Gr 2-4
The story of the youngest person ever to climb Longs Peak in 1905. Well written true life adventure.

Cherry, Lynne. THE SEA, THE STORM, AND THE MANGROVE TANGLE. Farrar, 2004. Gr 2-4
How the mangrove trees povide nourishment and a home for many ceatures of the land and sea. Beautifully illustrated.

Costanza, Stephen. MOZART FINDS A MELODY. Henry Holt, 2004. Gr 2-4.
A fictionalized biography of Mozart telling how he used a small bird as one source of inspitation for his music.

Crossley-Hollnd, Keven, Ed. ONCE UPON A POEM. The Chicken House, 2004. All ages
A beautifully illustrated collection of favorite story poems.

Davis, Giffs. WACKIEST WHITE HOUSE PETS. Illustrated by David A. Johnson. Scholastic, 2004. Gr 2-5.
True tales of pets that have belonged to the First Families. Fast moving text, fun illustrations. Highly recommended.

Fritz, Jean.THE LOST COLONY OF ROANOKE. Illustrated by Hudson Talbot. Putnam, 2004. Gr 4-6.
Clues to an American history mystery. What happened to the 115 colonists of Roanoke who disappeared almost without a trace? Carefully researched with an easy flowing text.

Gaffney, Timothy. WEE AND THE WRIGHT BROTHERS. Illustrated by Bernadette Pons. Henry Holt, 2004. Gr 2-4.
A charming approach to learning aboput the Wright Brothers and their invention as a small mouse goes along for the ride.

Hansen, Joyce. AFRICAN PRINCESS. Illustrated by Laurie McGaw. Hyperiion, 2004. Gr 5-8
The amazing lives of six of Africa's royal women, beautifully illustrated. A stunning book . Highly recommended.

Keenan, Sheila. OH SAY CAN YOU SEE? Illustrated by Ann Boyajian. Scholastic, 2004. Gr 3-6.
The stories behind the symbols of America from Plymouth Rock to Mt. Rushmore.

Kerley, Barbara. WALT WHITMAN: WORDS FOR AMERICA. Illustrated by Brian Selznick. Scholastic, 2004. Gr 5-8.
A beautifully illustrated picture biography of the poet including lines from his poetry.

Kudlinski, Kathleen. THE SPIRIT CATCHERS. Watson-Guptill. 2004. Gr 5-9
The tale of a young boy who makes his way through the Depression with biographical and artistic information about Georgia O'Keefe. An interesting approach to the life of the famous artist.

Lewin, Betsy. ANIMAL SNACKERS. Holt, 2004. Gr K-3
Rhyming poems help children learn about different creatures' favorite snacks and dining habits. A great addition to the primary animal collection.

Lorenz, Albert with Joy Schleh. JOURNEY TO CAHOKIA. Abrams, 2004. Gr 4-6
A young Brave visits the great mound city of Cahokia which thrived fro 800 to 1400 CE. Beautifully illustrated.

McCarty, Peter. T IS FOR TERIBLE. Holt, 2004. Gr K-2
A simple , easy to read introduction to Tyrannosaurus Rex. Compelling illustrations.

McCully, Emily. SQUIRREL AND JOHN MUIR. Farrar, 2004. Gr 2-4.
The relationship between a fiesty little girl called Squirrel and the famed naturalist in the Yosemite Valley in 1868. An interesting approach to learninga about Yosemite and the need to preserve land and wildlife.

McWhorter, Diane. A DREAM OF FREEDOM. Scholastic, 2004. Gr 6-9
A well researched account of the civil rights movement from 1954 to 1968. Illustrated throughout with photographs.

Meltzer, Milton. HEAR THAT TRAIN WHISTLE BLOW. How the Railroad Changed the World. Random House, 2004. Gr 4-8
A very readable history of the railroad withh emphasis on how it changed societies.

Nagda, Ann Whitehead and Cindy Bickel. POLAR BEAR MATH. Holt, Gr K-2.
Learn about fractions as a zoo staff cares for new born cub.

Piven, Hanoch. WHAT PRESIDENTS ARE MADE OF. Atheneum, 2004. Gr 3-6
Collages of items related to various presidents. A good model for a biography report showing items connected with a person along with an explanation of how the items are related.

Raimondo, Joyce. IMAGINE THAT. Watson-Guptill, 2004. Gr 5-8
Activities and adventures in surrealism with the art of Dali, Miro, Magritte, Ernst, Oppenheim, Kahlo.

Rees, Douglas. SMOKING MIRROR. Watson-Guptill, 2004. Gr 5-9
A teen tries to solve a murder in Tahiti with an unlikely new ally, the Fench artist, Paul Gauguin. A good blend of fact and fiction.

Tanaka, Shelley. A DAY THAT CHANGED AMERICA: EARTHQUAKE! Paintings by David Craig. Hyperion, 2004. Gr 4-7
A well researched account of the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 with dramatic paintings to accompany the text.

Thimmesh, Catherine. MADAM PRESIDENT. Houghton-Mifflin, 2004. Gr 4-6
True accounts of women in politics. both U.S. and world.

Warren, Andrea. ESCAPE FROM SAIGON. Farrar, 2004. Gr 5-8
The true story of how a Vietnam war orphan became an American boy.