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As a young girl Keller was obstinate, prone to fits of violence, and seething with rage at her inability to express herself. But at the age of 7 this wild child was transformed when, at the urging of Alexander Graham Bell, Anne Sullivan became her teacher, an event she declares "the most important day I remember in all my life." (Sullivan herself had once been blind, but partially recovered her sight after a series of operations.) In a memorable passage, Keller writes of the day "Teacher" led her to a stream and repeatedly spelled out the letters w-a-t-e-r on one of her hands while pouring water over the other. This method proved a revelation: "That living world awakened my soul, gave it light, hope, joy, set it free! There were barriers still, it is true, but barriers that could in time be swept away." And, indeed, most of them were.
In her lovingly crafted and deeply perceptive autobiography, Keller's joyous spirit is most vividly expressed in her connection to nature:
Indeed, everything that could hum, or buzz, or sing, or bloom, had a part in my education.... Few know what joy it is to feel the roses pressing softly into the hand, or the beautiful motion of the lilies as they sway in the morning breeze. Sometimes I caught an insect in the flower I was plucking, and I felt the faint noise of a pair of wings rubbed together in a sudden terror....
The idea of feeling rather than hearing a sound, or of admiring a flower's motion rather than its color, evokes a strong visceral sensation in the reader, giving The Story of My Life a subtle power and beauty. Keller's celebration of discovery becomes our own. In the end, this blind and deaf woman succeeds in sharpening our eyes and ears to the beauty of the world. --Shawn Carkonen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Gave as a gift to a friend that has a very young visually impaired son. She cried and loved it.Published 6 days ago by Brooke
The books arrived quickly and I am vey happy with the purchase.Published 21 days ago by Maura Hastie
I was a three star book . The book very old and classic . So it was hard understand .Published 28 days ago by Suzan Yacoub
my daughter read this for a book report she found it very informativePublished 1 month ago by K. Sullivan
I did not like this book at all! For a 6th grader like me, it was very un interesting. But that is only my opion.Published 2 months ago by emily vanderwiele
this book was never at a boring part, and it really gave me the knowledge that I was looking for to learn about helen keller! 5 stars!!! :)Published 2 months ago by MONICA MARCOTTE