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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375857060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375857065
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 9.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review, School Library Journal, September 2012:
“...What is breathtakingly shown here, through accurate, cross-hatched watercolor paintings; excerpts from Sullivan’s correspondence to her former teacher; and concise and poetic language, is the woman’s patience and belief in the intelligence of her student to grasp the concepts of language....elucidating the brilliant process of educating the deaf and blind pioneered by Annie Sullivan.”

About the Author

DEBORAH HOPKINSON is the author, most recently, of A Boy Called Dickens. She has written numerous other books, including Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building, an ALA Notable Book and a Boston Globe­-Horn Book Honor Book; Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek, an ALA Notable Book and a Junior Library Guild Selection; and the ALA Notable Apples to Oregon. Her many other acclaimed titles include Under the Quilt of Night and Fannie in the Kitchen.

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Deborah Hopkinson is as award-winning of picture books, fiction, and nonfiction for young readers. In 2013 she received a Robert F. Sibert Honor and YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award honor for Titanic: Voices from the Disaster.

She has won the SCBWI Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Text twice, for A Band of Angels and Apples to Oregon. Sky Boys, How They Built the Empire State Building, was a Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor awardee. She lives near Portland, Oregon.

Deborah's most recent book, The Great Trouble, A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel was named a Best Book of 2013 by School Library Journal.

Visit her on the web at www.deborahhopkinson.com

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Great illustrations throughout do more to convey the power of the story than the text.
M. Heiss
There is a great deal of information here but also a good many pictures to keep young children interested and engaged.
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Annie also taught Helen to read using Braille and how to write using a special braille typewriter.
M. Tanenbaum

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on November 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Raul Colon is one of the most interesting illustrators working today. He did one of our favorite books, Pandora Pandora, as well as tons of other great work As Good as Anybody: Martin Luther King and Abraham Joshua Heschel's Amazing March Toward Freedom and many more.

This book looks mostly at the early relationship between Annie and Helen and cuts off by the time Helen goes to Radcliffe. Nothing about her political activism and radical socialism. That's fine.

Great illustrations throughout do more to convey the power of the story than the text. The text is ok, written unnecessarily but unobtrusively in free verse.

Really good picture biography; includes actual photographs and a copy of the first letter Helen wrote to her mother. The back cover has a raised braille alphabet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Tanenbaum VINE VOICE on November 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
While there are many, many books about Helen Keller targeted at young readers, Deborah Hopkinson and Raul Colon have added to these riches with a lovely picture book biography that focuses on the intense relationship between Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan.

Hopkins intersperses her narrative, which begins on the day when Annie Sullivan came into Helen Keller's life, with excerpts from Annie's own letters to her friend and former teacher, Sophia Hopkins. We see Helen throwing a violent tantrum, her dog running away from her: "Helen was like a small, wild bird, throwing herself against the bars of a dark and silent cage." But Annie, who fought her own battle against blindness, understood that Helen needed discipline, and "prepared for battle." She and Helen moved into a small house on the family's property, and Annie helped Helen accept rules and teaching. But how could she teach her language? Hopkinson explains the manual finger alphabet used by Annie, and provides drawings of the hand positions for each letter in the text as well as explaining how Annie tried to teach Helen the names of familiar objects. When Helen finally grasps the concept of words at the water pump, as cool water splashed on her hand, the world of language quickly opened up to her. Sullivan writes about Helen on April 5, 1887: "A new light came into her face."

Hopkinson shows us Helen as a very bright child, giving many examples of how she put together words. We even see Helen running and jumping with joy on their walks. Annie also taught Helen to read using Braille and how to write using a special braille typewriter. The book concludes with a letter written to her mother on a short trip with her father.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura Purdie Salas on November 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I only know the most basic information about Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan, and I always kind of wondered *exactly* how Annie taught a child who could neither see nor hear to make words. It seems like an impossible task!

This book explains it all, in a way that acknowledges the enormity of the task but makes the process understandable. Helen is a real, frustrated, tantrum-throwing girl. And Annie is a real person, patient, firm, and determined. Their story is amazing and inspiring.

And the writing is pretty amazing, too.

About Helen, before she could communicate with words: "Helen was like a small, wild bird, throwing herself against the bars of a dark and silent cage."

About Annie's determination: "Annie spelled into Helen's palm all day long. Like someone on a windy peak trying to kindle a fire for warmth, Annie kept hoping for a spark to catch."

And structuring the book around Annie's letter to her own former teacher makes the ending, the text of Helen's very first written letter, the perfect ending, at once an end and a beginning.

This is a lovely book, start to finish.

Review copy from my library.
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This is a beautiful book, hard back, with lots of actual photographs in addition to drawings of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan. The writing is appropriate for a first grader who is a good reader up to a fifth grader - who just wants a quicker read for their age level :) My daughter is in third grade and has to do a biography about a famous person - she chose Annie Sullivan. They are only required to use one book as the source and then tell about them in their own words. I was having a difficult time explaining to her how Anne Sullivan taught Helen Keller to realize everything had a name when she couldn't hear or see. Fortunately, this book explained it perfectly and ignited a passion in my daughter to keep reading and learn more.
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