on March 28, 2013
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.
This beautifully written and illustrated book brings to life for children the amazing story of Helen Keller, a lady who, through illness at a young age, lost the ability to see, speak and hear. Seeing Helen's frustrations when she couldn't make herself understood helps to cement in the mind what exactly she went through. It was only when Anne Sullivan came to the home and started working with Helen that breakthroughs were made and it is truly amazing all that Helen (and Anne) accomplished in their lifetimes.
Anne was Helen's constant companion until her death when Helen was fifty-six. Helen, herself, lived to eighty-seven. At the end of the book there is more information provided in the author's and illustrator's notes plus there is an 'Important Dates" timeline which is handy.
Truly delightful and a story that shows children that you truly can accomplish a lot with the life you have been given.