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Dear Dr. Bell. . . Your Friend, Helen Keller Hardcover – November 4, 1992


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Hardcover: 95 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (November 4, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399223371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399223372
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,874,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In 1886 Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone and champion of education for deaf people, met an extraordinary six-year-old--a deaf, dumb and blind girl named Helen Keller. Out of that first encounter grew a 36-year friendship and a mutual support system that helped each to pursue the causes of dignity and education for people who are deaf and blind. Quoting generously from Keller's diaries and letters, St. George ( The Brooklyn Bridge ; Mason and Dixon's Line of Fire ) succeeds in conveying the intimacy shared by this pair. Readers will be fascinated at how two great people could also be such simple and loving friends. But St. George also outlines their lives during the course of the friendship, and this biographical information can't help but leave the impression that one short book cannot begin to cover the breadth of two such vibrant personalities. Still, this is a useful supplementary reference for young biography buffs. Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 5-7-- St. George writes of the affectionate relationship between Alexander Graham Bell and Helen Keller. Despite Bell's fame as inventor of the telephone, his consuming lifelong interest was in helping those who were deaf, including his mother and wife. The author includes plenty of background about the two, covering their lives and many accomplishments in addition to providing the details of their friendship, from their first meeting when Keller was six, through the many encounters and letters until Bell's death. The tone is admiring of both people, but never overly so. A lively style and plenty of quotes from each person's writing and letters show the feelings and thoughts behind the friendship. Black-and-white photographs show scenes from both of their lives as well as of their times together. The author gives young readers added insight to both Keller's and Bell's lives; their story would be a good addition to libraries where books about the two are popular. --Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
I liked this book a lot because it gave you a lot of info on Helen Keller, Anne Sullivan, and Dr. Alexander Graham Bell.

Helen Keller was struck by an illness that closed her eyes and ears as a new-born baby. She was only 19 months when this happened. When she was 6 years old her father and Aunt took her to see a famous eye doctor, who they thought might be able to restore her eyes. But the famous eye doctor could do nothing to help Helen's eyes. The doctor told the Keller's to get in touch with Dr. Alexander Graham Bell. The first meeting turned out to be the start of a life long friendship. He helped her through some hard times and gave her a teacher that showed her how to talk with her hands,say s few words by regular talking, and how to lip read. Helen Keller knew Anne Sullivan as teacher. Helen Keller, Dr. Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, and Anne Sullivan, Helen's teacher, are great people and did a lot of wonderful things in their life time.

I would recommend this book to someone who likes to read books about wonderful people and how they changed our world.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 VINE VOICE on November 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
Dr. Alexander G. Bell, noted for his work with deaf persons (Dr. Bell's mother and wife were both deaf) served as a mentor for young Helen Keller. Both deaf and blind, she stirred an interest in Dr. Bell to further his work with the deaf. Charmed by the bright, vivacious child, Dr. Bell began corresponding with her regularly when she was still a child at the Perkins Institute for the Blind. A long term friendship developed and it was a real heartwarming treat to see how friendship rang out across their different generations.
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By Shelly K. on June 23, 2014
Format: Hardcover
We study Helen Keller in our second grade reader, I wanted to be more informed. Excellent children's book, I learned a lot.
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