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A REFRESHING TRIP PAST THE WATER PUMP
on November 20, 2000
This is an excellent starter book that introduces Helen Keller to young readers. Deaf and blind since the age of 1 1/2, Helen communicated by a means of crude signs. Desperate to reach their child, Helen's parents hired a young "teacher," named Anne Sullivan. Nearly blind herself, Annie spelled words into Helen's hand in order to impress upon her the concept of identifying all objects and people. This book does a good job of not remaining stuck at the water pump where Annie's lesson reached its mark.
I like the way the book follows Helen's progress and follows her down the road beyond that water pump. She becomes a fund raiser for other deaf-blind children and is a supporter of the Perkins Institute for the Blind, where she is a student. She embarks on fund raisers and sends numerous letters to newspapers banging on the drum for persons both deaf and blind. Tommy Stringer, a young boy from the Philadelphia area becomes Helen's first "charge." Once having raised the money for Tommy's entrance to the Kindergarten for the Blind at Perkins, Helen's quest to do even more for other children in need snowballs. More deaf and blind children are admitted to Perkins through Helen's soldierly efforts and this takes place when she is not quite 12!
This book does an admirable job of making Helen Keller accessible to younger readers. It is a book I would recommend.