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Helen's Big World: The Life of Helen Keller Hardcover – October 16, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: 770L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078680890X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786808908
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 9.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

K-Gr 4-In a format similar to Martin's Big Words (Hyperion, 2001), Rappaport uses quotations from Helen Keller to provide the framework for this picture-book biography. A great design, incorporating the words in large type, makes this book visually striking. Large scale paintings, rendered in watercolor, pencil, and gouache, are presented on one and a half or double pages. The full images, without borders, invite children into Helen's world, while showing how big it truly became. The opening endpaper showcases the pivotal "water" moment, with teacher Annie Sullivan's and the child's hands accompanied by the quotation, "We do not think with eyes and ears, and our capacity for thought is not measured by five senses." The narrative begins at Keller's childhood home, but expands out to describe her experiences at college, with public speaking, and in championing social causes. A series of excerpts from letters demonstrates her growing proficiency in writing. A dramatic spread shows the pupil and teacher in a boat, majestically cresting a wave, emphasizing what the youngster does experience more than what she does not. While there are many books available about Helen Keller for this age group, this title offers a unique and beautiful perspective on her life.-Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

Doreen Rappaport (www.doreenrappaport.com) has written numerous award-winning books for children, including: Freedom Ship and The School Is Not White, both illustrated by Curtis James; Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., illustrated by Bryan Collier, a Caldecott Honor Book, Coretta Scott King Honor Book, Orbis Pictus Honor Book, and a Jane Addams Children's Book Award winner; Abe's Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, CCBC Best Book of the Year, and an IRA Teacher's Choice; Eleanor, Quiet No More, illustrated by Gary Kelly; and Jack's Path of Courage, illustrated by Matt Tavares. She lives and writes in upstate New York.


Matt Tavares (www.matttavares.com) is the illustrator of several books, including 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, Jack and the Beanstalk, written by E. Nesbit, Iron Hans: A Grimms' Fairy Tale, retold by Stephen Mitchell, Lady Liberty: A Biography, and Jack's Path of Courage, both written by Doreen Rappaport. His books have won several awards, including four Parents' Choice Gold Awards, a Parents' Choice Silver Honor, two Oppenheim Gold Seal Awards, and an International Reading Association Children's Book Award. His illustrations have been exhibited at the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators, and at the Brandywine River Museum. Matt lives in Maine with his wife and two daughters.

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I've read this twice with my 8 year old granddaughter and know that she will ask for it again and again.
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Also, the artwork is beautiful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Great Kid Books on March 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Doreen Rappaport gives readers a clear sense of Helen Keller's life, from the illness that left her blind and deaf as a child, to her years with Annie, and then her accomplishments as an adult. Throughout it, Rappaport highlights Keller's own inspiring words in large, bold print. Young readers will be inspired not only by how Helen overcame her own disabilities, but how she used her voice to speak up for justice and equality for all.

I especially love the resources that Rappaport has pulled together on her website. Make sure you check them out for more information.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Catherine W. Hughes on December 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Doreen Rappaport paints a portrait of Helen Keller, pairing prose narrative with quotes from Helen Keller, herself. Painterly illustrations bring the text and Helen to life. This beautiful picture book for older readers will be loved by children ages 5-8.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katie Rasmussen on June 7, 2014
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It's wonderful to find a 'kids' book of Helen Keller that goes beyond the "water incident". My 5 year old niece has recently become fascinated by Ms Keller but keeps asking me what happened after she started to learn. I'm SO excited to share this book with her. Also, the artwork is beautiful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jerilyn Marler on May 19, 2014
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Helen Keller's story is fascinating, moving, and inspiring. I've read this twice with my 8 year old granddaughter and know that she will ask for it again and again. She was reluctant the first time because it "sounded boring." However, the book gave us oodles of opportunity to talk about what was happening to Helen, how difficult it must have been, what it would be like to be blind or deaf ourselves. We had some terrific conversations. She really absorbed it. I found "The Miracle Worker" movie on t.v. a few days later and we watched it together. That really brought home the emotional and physical realities of Helen's early life. (Caution: I'd forgotten Annie's back story--living in an asylum as a child with her brother, who died in the asylum. These scenes can be disturbing to children. I was able to skip lightly over the explanations of what was going on.)

I love that the title of the book is in braille on the cover, that quotes from Helen occur frequently so we "hear" her own words, that the sign language alphabet is illustrated at the back, and that the book covers her whole life. She was an indomitable, incredibly talented woman. A worthy role model for all children.
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