The World at His Fingertips: A Story about Louis Braille

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Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
This 60-page book is the biography of Louis Braille. Born in France in 1809, Louis suffered an accident as a child, which eventually caused total blindness. Louis spent most of his childhood in a convent for blind children. He longed to be able to read books like other children, and as a young person began experimenting with a system for converting the written word into one in which sightless people could "read." He succeeded in perfecting the Braille system, although it was not readily accepted. He lived most of his life in the convent, trying to help other sightless youths. Eventually, he contracted tuberculosis, a common disease of the time, and died before reaching the age of 50. One in a series of "Creative Minds" biographies, it is accompanied by black-and-white illustrations.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5O'Connor's briskly paced biography of the 19th-century inventor of the writing system used by the blind presents Braille's story with interesting details. His life as a child and as an adult is well presented. No fictional dialogue appears, although there are a few statements about what emotions Braille might have felt at various times. Quotes are provided, apparently from writings, but no source notes are given. A Braille alphabet is pictured in the back matter, but the dots are not raised, so readers do not get a full sense of the Braille method. The reproduction is so poor that the details are difficult to see. The black-and-white drawings are serviceable at best and very muddy looking at worst. It's unfortunate that the cover illustration is so unappealing. Rendered in black, brown, and cream tones with deep shading around his face, Braille is ghoulish in appearance. However, the information is readable, moving the book beyond the realm of "for reports only."Jane Claes, T. J. Lee Elementary School, Irving, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575050522
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Series: Creative Minds Biographies Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 1010L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 8.85 (h) x 0.46 (d)

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