Helen Keller: A Determined Life

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Imagine living in total silence and darkness. That's what Helen Keller's world was like after a childhood illness left her deaf and blind. Unable to express herself, she threw tantrums that earned her the nickname "Little Bronco." But Helen's teacher Annie Sullivan found the key to communicating with her. Only then was the little girl able to experience fully the world around her. Helen went on to become the first deaf and blind college graduate in the United States and worked all her life helping to educate ...
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Imagine living in total silence and darkness. That's what Helen Keller's world was like after a childhood illness left her deaf and blind. Unable to express herself, she threw tantrums that earned her the nickname "Little Bronco." But Helen's teacher Annie Sullivan found the key to communicating with her. Only then was the little girl able to experience fully the world around her. Helen went on to become the first deaf and blind college graduate in the United States and worked all her life helping to educate others about people with disabilities. Using photographs, quotes, letters and drawings, this biography in the Snapshots: Images of People and Places in History series introduces young readers to Helen Keller. Also included are a timeline of her life and a list of places to visit to learn more about this inspirational woman.
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An engaging and often poignant text, Helen Keller: A Determined Life will be enjoyed for both research and pleasure reading.
Children's Literature
Part of the "Snapshot: Images of people and places in history" series, this book provides factual information on the life of Helen Keller in an easy to read, narrative format sure to capture the interest of its readers. Each two-page spread features information about a period in her life as well as a quote and a series of photographs or drawings. All the photographs include descriptive captions full of antidotal information on the subjects. Information into the lives of her lifelong teachers and companions, Annie Sullivan and Polly Thomson is included as well. A detailed timeline of Keller's life follows the narrative text in addition to a listing of several historical sites related to her life. This book would be an excellent choice when seeking a biographical work and would likely leave the reader wanting to know more about Ms. Keller. Text features include a table of contents and index. 2004, Kids Can Press Ltd, Ages 8 to 12.
—Nancy T. Braverman
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Gr 3-6-This biography tells Keller's story in a readable, sometimes fictionalized narrative and busy, colorful page layouts. On each spread, the main text appears on the left, while the opposite page consists of a visually appealing collage of black-and-white, full-color, and tinted photos and interesting tidbits set against a pastel background. MacLeod includes many well-known facts about Keller's life as well as a few less-familiar details. The controversy over her story, "The Frost King," which she wrote at age 11 and was accused of plagiarizing, is mentioned but not dwelled upon. Overall, the portrayal of Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan, is very complimentary. The illustrations include a sample of Keller's handwriting and charts that demonstrate sign language and Braille. The book ends with a detailed time line, a useful index, and a list of places to visit. This offering is livelier than Deborah Kent's Helen Keller: Author and Advocate for the Disabled (The Child's World, 2003) and better suited to reluctant readers.-Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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An engaging and often poignant text, Helen Keller: A Determined Life will be enjoyed for both research and pleasure reading.

Tells Keller’s story in a readable, sometimes fictionalized narrative ? includes many well-known facts about Keller’s life as well as a few less-familiar details. Suited to reluctant readers.

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Elizabeth MacLeod has written many children's books, including nine titles in the Snapshots Biography series, numerous titles in the Kids Can Read, Kids Books Of and Kids Can Do It series, Why Do Horses Have Manes?, What Did Dinosaurs Eat?, and Monster Fliers. She lives in Toronto.
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