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Helen Keller: A Light for the Blind

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Helen Keller—author, scholar, advocate
 
An NCSS-CBC “Notable Children’s Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies”
 
"Forget that I am deaf and blind and think of me as an ordinary woman," wrote Helen Keller—but she was anything but ordinary.

When Helen was growing up, there were no facilities to help handicapped students. Still,...

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Overview

Helen Keller—author, scholar, advocate
 
An NCSS-CBC “Notable Children’s Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies”
 
"Forget that I am deaf and blind and think of me as an ordinary woman," wrote Helen Keller—but she was anything but ordinary.

When Helen was growing up, there were no facilities to help handicapped students. Still, she learned to speak, read, and write, attended Radcliffe College, wrote multiple books, and lectured all over the world. It wasn't enough to prove that she could do anything. Helen wanted other handicapped people to know that they could, too. And Helen achieved her purpose: the world saw a real woman behind the handicaps, and an extraordinary human being behind the legend.
 
Contains black-and-white illustrations.
 
“Presents a smooth recounting of Keller’s remarkable life, making clear the emotional burdens as well as the physical difficulties created by Keller’s dual handicap…. A useful introduction.”
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“Will serve as an introduction for young readers to the life and accomplishments of this famous woman.”
School Library Journal

About the Women of Our Time series:
International in scope, the Women of Our Time series of biographies cover a wide range of personalities in a variety fields. More than a history lesson, these books offer carefully documented life stories that will inform, inspire, and engage.

A biography detailing Helen Keller's adventurous life as she worked tirelessly to lead the way for handicapped people.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-- Kudlinski describes the major episodes in the life of Helen Keller--the illness that left her deaf and blind, the arrival of teacher Annie Sullivan, her education, and her world travels. Coverage is brief; Keller's struggle to achieve a college education is given only a few pages. However, in the information that is given, Kudlinski manages to avoid too laudatory a tone. She mentions Mr. Keller's financial mismanagement (again, with few details), the strong control Sullivan exerted over Keller's life, and the much publicized plagiarism scandal that Keller experienced at age 12. Diamond's muted black - and - white sketches lend a gentle tone to the text, which will serve as an introduction for young readers to the life and accomplishments of this famous woman. This book covers much of the same information as Nigel Hunter's Helen Keller (Bookwright, 1986), which also includes photos and color illustrations. Older readers will prefer Catherine Owens Peare's The Helen Keller Story (Crowell, 1959) or Keller's own autobiography (Doubleday, 1954). --Susan Schuller, Milwaukee Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780147514677
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 1/8/2015
  • Series: Women of Our Time Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 496,944
  • Age range: 8 years
  • Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 7.73 (h) x 0.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen V. Kudlinski is the author of many fiction and nonfiction books for children including, My Lady PocahontasBoy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs, contributions to the Women of Our Time biography series, and the Once Upon America historical fiction series. You can visit her online at www.kathleenkudlinski.com.

Donna Diamond (www.theartofdonnadiamond.com or donnadiamondart.blogspot.com) is an author and illustrator of children's books. She is best known as the illustrator of Katherine Paterson's Newbery Medal-winning children's classic, Bridge to Terabithia.

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