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The scientific interest of the process is great, both in itself and for the light it throws on the unconscious and unobserved processes by which children with all their senses learn the same things that have been laboriously acquired by this girl ... --The New York Times Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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When she was 19 months old, Helen Keller (1880–1968) suffered a severe illness that left her blind and deaf. Not long after, she also became mute. Her tenacious struggle to overcome these handicaps-with the help of her inspired teacher, Anne Sullivan-is one of the great stories of human courage and dedication. In this classic autobiography, first published in 1903, Miss Keller recounts the first 22 years of her life, including the magical moment at the water pump when, recognizing the connection between the word "water" and the cold liquid flowing over her hand, she realized that objects had names. Subsequent experiences were equally noteworthy: her joy at eventually learning to speak, her friendships with Oliver Wendell Holmes, Edward Everett Hale and other notables, her education at Radcliffe (from which she graduated cum laude), and-underlying all-her extraordinary relationship with Miss Sullivan, who showed a remarkable genius for communicating with her eager and quick-to-learn pupil. These and many other aspects of Helen Keller's life are presented here in clear, straightforward prose full of wonderful descriptions and imagery that would do credit to a sighted writer. Completely devoid of self-pity, yet full of love and compassion for others, this deeply moving memoir offers an unforgettable portrait of one of the outstanding women of the twentieth century.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 and up
  • Grade Level: 6 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1150L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; New edition edition (September 18, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486292495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486292496
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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116 of 123 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 7, 1998
Format: Paperback
I was about 8 years old, my grandmother had a "bed and breakfast" type of house in Garmisch, Germany, I was on my way home from school and had picked some flowers for her "B & B" tables, when I saw a lady with awhite cane, I gave her the flowers which I had picked for my grandma, The lady to whom I gave the flowers was Ms. Keller, the lady accompanying her was Ms. Sullivan. The next day, my teacher at school asked me to her office. Thinking that I was in trouble (again) I was worried about what was going on. She asked me where I had met Helen Keller; To which I replied "Helen who??" , She then explained to me who Helen Keller was. My grandmother and I then were invited to one of the finer hotels in Garmisch to have dinner with Ms Keller and Ms Sullivan. At which time she presented me with a hardcover of her book "The story of my life". What I belive makes this book special is the fact that Ms Keller wrote a note to me In GERMAN, she wrote: "An meiner kleine freund der meine hand froh machte mit 'Primrosen', eine botschft from fruehling mit liebe Helen Keller" In rough translation: "To my little friend, who made my hand happy with a message of spring with love Hellen Keller". This book is most certainly one of my most price posessions.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T. Thompson on July 11, 2003
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How often can we really delve into the life of the blind? When we ourselves are not blind. How about understanding what it's like to be deaf? Or what about living most of life unable to speak?
Helen Keller experienced them all and lived with all of these conditions in a most miraculous way. This is a woman who overcame many obstacles.
I remember watching a video of the Miracle Worker in 7th grade and have always been inspired by the story of Anne Sullivan breaking through the wall that surrounded her young student, Helen Keller.
This particular book gives you the story from the other side. I can only imagine what it was like to be young Helen Keller trapped in a dark, soundless world unable to speak. Her short autobiography is stunningly optimistic. This is a woman who met challenges and took them head on.
Her story is one of triumph in the face of set backs. She never let her condition be a stumbling block but always a stepping stone.
This story is a marvelous picture of the many accomplishments of Helen Keller. It is called "The Story of My Life". It should be called, "The Story of My Remarkable Life".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rach'sRamblings on October 6, 2012
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We read a book ABOUT Helen Keller--but there is nothing quite like reading an autobiography. My daughter was SO excited to read this after reading the other. She is only eight but LOVING this book. Her favorite story being when Helen locked her teacher in her room. THis is SO worth the price, and my daughter and I are enjoying our reading time. HIGHLY recommend this book!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nelda F. Liebig on March 3, 2014
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I found it hard to believe that a blind deaf person could have written this book. Helen Keller inspires me to do more and never dwell on my shortcomings. She is a favorite for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kate on August 21, 2014
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My 8 yr old grand-daughter showed a genuine interest in the story of Helen Keller from her 2nd grade. So we went on Amazon and ordered the book, also all three movies of Helen Keller that span over the passed 40 plus yrs.
I too remember how in awe I was as a young girl when I first saw the movie and heard the story. This book has added more truth and information about Helen and her unbelievable accomplishments throughout her life. I will continue to do more research and hope one day, by grand daughter will do a report on Helens life story in one of her future grades.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dnewspeak on May 7, 2012
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I write this from my apartment in Manila, Philippines. And yes, I am an American, author of a Leon Pinetta biography video shown at a Hillary Clinton's 50th birthday party at the Hyatt Washington, DC and holder of a diplomatic passport who spent yesterday with Filipino oligarchs. Clarence Darrow is my hero. From what I know, this book is accurate. 100 years have past since Darrow. However, due to most Americans ignorance of history and the hijacking of America's Republican party by the right, the lessons of this book remain true today.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JMack VINE VOICE on April 22, 2001
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Well, I bought this book some tiime ago, and decided to read it when there was nothing else to do. I figured with only 75 pages, I could finish it in a day. To be honest I really liked it. Helen Keller gives me an appreciation of the things I take for granted through the narration of her early life. In spite of her disabilities, Helen was able to find beauty in the world and later in her life she fought to solve many of the problems in the world. Few people realize that Helen lived 88 years and spend many of those years as a social activist. The bulk of this book focuses on her early years and how she learned to communicat with the outside world. The book continues into her formal education and the problems she encountered with it. My only problem with this book is the author tends to ramble in the last two chapters about her friends and favorite authors. While this information was interesting, I would have rather learned more about her. This book is well worth reading!
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tzu Yu on July 31, 2001
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This book successfully captured the life of Clarence Darrow, who is no doubt one of the greatest attorneys of the early 20th century. His abilities to defend the indefensible are most extrordinary. I will certainly recommend this book to anyone espeically pre-law or law school students.
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