Review of Little Melba and 
Her Big Trombone

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Little Melba and 
Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown; 
illus. by Frank Morrison Primary    Lee & Low    40 pp. 7/14    978-1-60060-898-8    $18.95    g From the time she was a little girl, Melba Liston loved music, especially the jazz music that surrounded her while she was growing up, first in Kansas City and then in Los […]

Books mentioned in the November 2014 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Social change Captured History series Burgan, Michael Tank Man: How a Photograph Defined China’s Protest Movement Gr. 4–6     64 pp.     Capstone/Compass Point     2014 Library binding ISBN 978-0-7565-4731-8 Paperback ISBN 978-0-7565-4787-5 Nardo, Don Hitler in Paris: How a Photograph Shocked a World at War Gr. 4–6     64 pp.     Capstone/Compass Point     2014 Library binding ISBN 978-0-7565-4733-2 Paperback […]

Medicine and the human body

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Arnold, Caroline Too Hot? Too Cold?: Keeping Body Temperature Just Right Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Charlesbridge Illustrated by Annie Patterson. Arnold’s explanations of how humans and animals regulate their body temperatures are simple, accurate, and organized into major sections: “Our Bodies Keep Us Warm or Cool,” touches on features and mechanisms such as fat, sweating, […]

Geography and maps

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Brasch, Nicolas Community Maps Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Smart Apple Brasch, Nicolas Country Maps Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Smart Apple Brasch, Nicolas Land and Sea Maps Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Smart Apple Brasch, Nicolas World Maps Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Smart Apple Map Smart series. This series looks at how maps are created, special features […]

Indigenous cultures

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Bruchac, James and Bruchac, Joseph Rabbit’s Snow Dance: A Traditional Iroquois Story Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Dial Illustrated by Jeff Newman. The Bruchacs retell a pourquoi tale that the elder included in two previous collections (Iroquois Stories and The Boy Who Lived with the Bears). This version differs significantly (unfortunately, there’s no source note), but […]

How things work

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Boothroyd, Jennifer How Do Hang Gliders Work? Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Lerner Boothroyd, Jennifer How Do Helicopters Work? Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Lerner Boothroyd, Jennifer How Do Parachutes Work? Gr. K–3     32 pp.      Lerner Silverman, Buffy How Do Hot Air Balloons Work? Gr. K–3     32 pp.      Lerner Silverman, Buffy How Do Jets Work? Gr. […]

Social change

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Burgan, Michael Tank Man: How a Photograph Defined China’s Protest Movement Gr. 4–6     64 pp.     Capstone/Compass Point Nardo, Don Hitler in Paris: How a Photograph Shocked a World at War Gr. 4–6   64 pp.     Capstone/Compass Point Captured History series. Photographs can often be more powerful than the written word in bringing social change. These use […]

Cece Bell on El Deafo

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In the November/December 2014 Horn Book Magazine, reviewer Deirdre Baker asked Cece Bell about her graphic novel memoir El Deafo — which is told entirely with anthropomorphic bunnies. Read the starred review here; see more grrl-power graphic novels here. Deirdre F. Baker: Why did you choose to tell your autobiography with bunny characters? Cece Bell: […]

Social justice

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Civil rights, global warming, and crime and punishment: these complex social issues receive accessible, clear treatment in four new nonfiction books for teens. In Because They Marched: The People’s Campaign for Voting Rights That Changed America, Russell Freedman documents the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery march, including the horrific Bloody Sunday confrontation between marchers and Alabama state troopers. […]

Review of The Iridescence of Birds

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The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse by Patricia MacLachlan; 
illus. by Hadley Hooper Primary    Porter/Roaring Brook    40 pp. 10/14    978-1-59643-948-1    $17.99 “If you were a boy named Henri Matisse who lived / in a dreary town…” Thus begins this speculative exploration of the painter’s early encounters with color, worded as a book-length […]