Helen's Eyes: A Photobiography of Annie Sullivan, Helen Keller's Teacherby Marfe Ferguson Delano
This is the inspiring photobiography of Anne Mansfield Sullivan, a woman born into a life of daunting
The epic story of Annie Sullivan’s perseverance and triumph in the face of hardship will enthrall readers of every age. This pioneering teacher overcame disability and misfortune before achieving her success as one of the most famous educators of all time.
This is the inspiring photobiography of Anne Mansfield Sullivan, a woman born into a life of daunting disadvantage and social obstacle. She grew up poor, with little education, the child of struggling Irish immigrants. By the age of eight, Annie was almost blind because of untreated trachoma. Following her mother’s death, the young girl entered an almshouse, where she spent four years among the most wretched of society’s outcasts. Her inquiring intellect and determination helped her escape this bleak detention, and she was sent to the Perkins School for the Blind.
There, at the age of 14, her education began, and her lively mind soon blossomed. After graduation, she was hired as a teacher for Helen Keller, a six-year-old girl who was blind and deaf due to illness. With patience and compassion, Annie reached into the dark, silent world of the little girl, opening her mind and soul to life’s beauty. She became "Helen’s eyes." Because of her inspired breakthroughs and accomplishments with Helen, Annie was soon known as the "Miracle Worker." Annie and Helen spent the rest of their lives togethertwo complex women with feisty personalities who achieved international acclaim.
Marfé Ferguson Delano’s evocative account of teacher and student breaking down barriers to enjoy the wonders of intellectual discovery is a profoundly moving story.
"I know that the education of this child will be the distinguishing event of my life, if I have the brains and perseverance to accomplish it," wrote Annie Sullivan. Her words proved so prophetic that few know the story of this remarkable woman outside of her role as Keller's teacher. The daughter of poor Irish immigrants, she struggled with vision loss for most of her life. After her mother's death, her abusive father abandoned the eight-year-old and her brother, and the two were sent to the poorhouse. At age 14, she finally entered school, with no worldly possessions, no education, and no manners. And yet she graduated six years later as valedictorian of her class and would go on to win acclaim as one of history's greatest educators. Illustrated with period photographs and a pleasing graphic style, Delano's text makes extensive use of meticulously cited quotes from primary sources to convey not only the facts of Sullivan's life, but the everyday realities and emotions as well. The book emphasizes that the woman was a great teacher not in spite of her own struggles, but because they gave her a unique empathy for her student and a determination to never give up.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
Meet the Author
MARFE FERGUSON DELANO is the author of 12 books for National Geographic, including Genius: A Photobiography of Albert Einstein, which won an Orbis PICTUS Award, and Inventing the Future: A Photobiography of Thomas Alva Edison, which was the recipient of the James Madison Book Award Honor, as well as other notable honors . Marfé is a graduate of Duke University and lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband and two children.
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This book with it's story of Annie Sullivan gives a new perspective on the story of Helen Keller. Helen could never have succeeded without her teacher and her teacher had many trials of her own. The pictures show so much of the life and times of Annie Sullivan. I had no idea how this miracle worker came to be, so the book was a fascinating read. This book is great children of middle school and above. My granddaughter was absolutely spellbound by the story.