Hannah

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Nine-year-old Hannah would do almost anything to go to school with all the other children in town. But Hannah is blind, and her parents keep her at home, where she is safe. Then Lydia Robbin, a strong-willed teacher, comes to town and convinces Hannah?s parents to send her to school. At first Hannah is overjoyed. But she soon learns that there are many obstacles?and people?that stand in her way. Hannah will need tremendous courage to prove to ...

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Nine-year-old Hannah would do almost anything to go to school with all the other children in town. But Hannah is blind, and her parents keep her at home, where she is safe. Then Lydia Robbin, a strong-willed teacher, comes to town and convinces Hannah’s parents to send her to school. At first Hannah is overjoyed. But she soon learns that there are many obstacles—and people—that stand in her way. Hannah will need tremendous courage to prove to her classmates, her parents, and herself that Miss Robbin was right to believe in her.
 
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Hannah, a blind girl living in Michigan in the late nineteenth century, doesn't go to school until a new teacher tells her about the Braille method of reading for the blind.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A touching, believable story with strong characterizations and sense of place."-- The Horn Book
"Gloria Whelan offers a warm, believable picture of a blind child as she takes her first steps on the long road toward independence."-- The Braille Monitor
"Nine-year-old Hannah, living on a farm in 1887 Michigan, is referred to as 'poor Hannah' because she is blind. In this brief historical novel, Hannah tells of a turning point in her life when Miss Robbin, the new teacher, comes to board with them and eventually persuades the family to let Hannah attend school. A touching, believable story with strong characterizations and sense of place."--Horn Book.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
In Whelan's Hannah, blindness is not the nine-year-old's only limitation. She is bound by the ignorance of her 1887 world and the overprotectiveness and narrow vision of her family. Happily, the new far-seeing teacher comes to live with the family, appreciates Hannah's sensitivity and creativity and begins to lead her out of her dark world. Whelan's images are sensual, strong and very much in the young girl's viewpoint. The short first novel is packed with emotions, changes and sensitive writing that are needed in writings for beginning readers.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-- A nine-year-old blind girl lives in the West of 1887. When the new teacher arrives , Hannah's mother is persuaded to allow her to go to school. The first day is a disaster, but is followed by better days as Hannah proves that she can learn by listening and finds out that she can get books in Braille. In the end the children band together under the leadership of the class bully to earn money to buy her a Braille writer. This is a gentle story that sensitively portrays Hannah's feelings, especially as she is taken on her first tour of the farm by the new teacher. However, the ending is too perfect, as the bully becomes concerned with someone else's welfare, and learning seems to be an easy matter for Hannah. And if the family has no money for a Braille writer, one wonders how they can get books in Braille. Hannah's mother too readily agrees for her to leave home and go to school, and some readers are sure to wonder why no survival skills were taught to a child of this period. Bowan's realistic pencil drawings are well placed and greatly enhance the book's drama and appeal. Pleasant, but not really believable. --Margaret C. Howell, West Springfield Elementary School, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679826989
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/1993
  • Series: A Stepping Stone Book(TM) Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 338,100
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Gloria Whelan
Gloria and her husband Joseph moved from Detroit to the woods of northern Michigan several years ago. Many of Gloria's books take place during the summer -- because she does a lot of her writing during the northern Michigan blizzards! Gloria has been telling stories for as long as she can remember. Before she could read or write, she used to dictate stories to her baby-sitter, who would type them out. Being an only child, many of Gloria's stories were about having a brother or sister. Gloria would like to have written Little Women, because Jo March was one of her role models growing up! Gloria once had a set of five wtching guinea pigs, all named after Detroit Tiger baseball players!
Leslie Bowman was born in New York City, grew up in Connecticut, and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has illustrated many children's books, including Balloons and Other Poems, Snow Company, and The Canada Geese Quilt, an ALA Notable Book.Leslie Bowman lives in Minnesota.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    My niece is blind and 8 yrs old

    This book grabbed my attention because ofthe blind little girl. My niece has brain cancer and is 8 years old. We found out 3 years ago and already the tumor has made her 80% blind. I thought she would love this book! I was right!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    My sisters name is hannah

    My sisters name is hannah

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    Steven

    I have to go to b ball clinic sorry haow about tommorrow

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    Hey

    My real name is kira im sad :(

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2013

    Chcuk to hannah

    Will you go out with me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2013

    Daniel

    Dyou rp there

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Hannah

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

    Hay my name is hannah

    I picked this book because it has my name

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2006

    Hnnah, my name too!

    i got this book because my name is Hannah but it is really touching, happy, and sad all at the same time you should defenitly read it!

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