Dear Dr. Bell...Your Friend, Helen Keller

Dear Dr. Bell...Your Friend, Helen Keller

by Judith St. George

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In 1886 Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone and champion of education for deaf people, met an extraordinary six-year-old--a deaf, dumb and blind girl named Helen Keller. Out of that first encounter grew a 36-year friendship and a mutual support system that helped each to pursue the causes of dignity and education for people who are deaf and blind. Quoting generously from Keller's diaries and letters, St. George ( The Brooklyn Bridge ; Mason and Dixon's Line of Fire ) succeeds in conveying the intimacy shared by this pair. Readers will be fascinated at how two great people could also be such simple and loving friends. But St. George also outlines their lives during the course of the friendship, and this biographical information can't help but leave the impression that one short book cannot begin to cover the breadth of two such vibrant personalities. Still, this is a useful supplementary reference for young biography buffs. Ages 8-12. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-- St. George writes of the affectionate relationship between Alexander Graham Bell and Helen Keller. Despite Bell's fame as inventor of the telephone, his consuming lifelong interest was in helping those who were deaf, including his mother and wife. The author includes plenty of background about the two, covering their lives and many accomplishments in addition to providing the details of their friendship, from their first meeting when Keller was six, through the many encounters and letters until Bell's death. The tone is admiring of both people, but never overly so. A lively style and plenty of quotes from each person's writing and letters show the feelings and thoughts behind the friendship. Black-and-white photographs show scenes from both of their lives as well as of their times together. The author gives young readers added insight to both Keller's and Bell's lives; their story would be a good addition to libraries where books about the two are popular. --Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO

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HarperCollins Publishers
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5.30(w) x 7.84(h) x 0.33(d)
1180L (what's this?)
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11 Years

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