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Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller (Center for Cartoon Studies Presents) Hardcover – March 27, 2012


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  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 630L (What's this?)
  • Series: Center for Cartoon Studies Presents
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423113365
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423113362
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joseph Lambert (www.submarinesubmarine.com) is the creator of various self-published comics, and also a co-editor of the Sundays anthology series and I Will Bite You!, a collection of short comic stories published by Secret Acres. A graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies, his comics and illustrations have appeared in The Best American Comics, Komiksfest! Review, and DarkHorse Presents, as well as in Business Week and Popular Mechanics. Joseph lives in White River Junction, Vermont.

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Reading this book lifts spirit, and makes you believe it's all possible and achievable.
Anonymous
I love how it tells the story using both Annie Sullivan's letters and also visual interpretations of what Helen's experience may have been like.
Laura Myers
With passages from Ann's own journals spread throughout the book, we are directly linked to the history behind this story.
Nicole Levesque

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Laura Myers on April 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is an amazing book with incredible illustrations. I love how it tells the story using both Annie Sullivan's letters and also visual interpretations of what Helen's experience may have been like. That especially, the visual interpretation of Helen's experience, really struck a chord with me. It made me understand her in a way that I never had before. I think it is the magic of this kind of medium that can add something so special to a story I have known since I was a little girl.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thmazing on December 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Although I find Helen Keller as remarkable as anyone else, I'm always leery of anyone wanting me to read anything about here. I'm inspired plenty already, thank you very much, said the intolerable ironist. And I would never have considered picking this one up had I not been blown away by the excerpt in Best American Comics. I was moved by those pages and I was moved by the book. The moment where Helen discovers language is so thrilling I nearly wept.

An excellent choice made by Lambert is to let us get to know Annie better---her backstory is arguably more tragic than Helen's---and to understand her spunk and drive and determination and fortitude. She is a true hero.

Besides the characters and the story, one of the great successes of this volume is its means of representing Helen's aloneness in a blank world. The way those in the world intrudes into her space---how it threatens---builds empathy for Helen as much as any art could. Which is remarkable, given that comics would not have been an easy medium for Helen Keller to enjoy.

Not that that would have stopped her.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Levesque on December 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is an amazing graphic novel! In this story about Helen Keller's young life we are focusing more on her teacher, Annie Sullivan, and her backstory. The artwork in this book is well thought out. When we begin the book all passages that are from Helen's perspective are drawn with a black background with a featureless childlike figure of a solid color as the main image of each box. When Helen meets Ann their perspectives are woven together, but it is clear to the reader which boxes represent Helen's point of view. And the more Helen learns and experiences, the more we see her self image begin to sharpen. Flipping between Helen's present and Annie's past we learn how Ann Sullivan spent her early years. With passages from Ann's own journals spread throughout the book, we are directly linked to the history behind this story. Recommended for grades 4-8
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on August 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My second grader was very interested in reading this book and learning about Helen Keller. It is written in a "comic book" style. However, half of the font (descriptions) are in cursive font, while the "bubbles" are in regular print - and she couldn't read it. Believe it or not, schools don't really teach "real" cursive any more. I was interested in the book enough
to read it to her myself.

Hellen was an amazing woman. She was so determined to communicate with the world that she learned the alphabet and managed to express her thoughts, as well as finger spelling method.

Helen wrote one story in her life (The Frost King) and was accused of plagiarism. Helen heard the original story as a child and could not understand how one could "own the words or stories". She never wrote any stories after that.
Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller were not just teacher and student, but also life long friends.

Reading this book lifts spirit, and makes you believe it's all possible and achievable.

P.S. the cursive writting is taken from journals and letters Annie Sullivan (Hellen's teacher) wrote in real life. This text was slightly edited to make it easier to understand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a great interpretation of a well-known story! The story of Helen Keller has been told time and time again through film, picture, and text, but this graphic novel breathes new life into Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller’s stories. The illustrations allow for flexible movements between the past and present; something that is hard to accomplish through text alone. I was also taken by the artful way Lambert was able to portray Helens’s confusion and realizations; it gave me a new understanding and appreciation of her. I have never been as taken by a telling of Helen’s learning the word “water” as I was while reading this book. This book can be appreciated by readers as young as 8, and well into adulthood.
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Format: Hardcover
Lambert has created a masterpiece that transports the reader into Annie Sullivan's and Helen Keller's worlds like no other medium can do. This book illustrates (no pun intended) the uniqueness of the graphic novel and paints a rich visual and narrative tapestry. The design choices and story arc will engross you. You won't be able to put this book down!
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By Kim Lehner on February 25, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I purchased these for a teacher in my school district as requested. She has been very happy with them so far.
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