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Who Was Helen Keller?

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At age two, Helen Keller became deaf and blind. She lived in a world of silence and darkness and she spent the rest of her life struggling to break through it. But with the help of teacher Annie Sullivan, Helen learned to read, write, and do many amazing things. This inspiring illustrated biography is perfect for young middle-grade readers. Black-and-white line drawings throughout, sidebars on related topics such as Louis Braille, a timeline, and a bibliography enhance readers' ...

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At age two, Helen Keller became deaf and blind. She lived in a world of silence and darkness and she spent the rest of her life struggling to break through it. But with the help of teacher Annie Sullivan, Helen learned to read, write, and do many amazing things. This inspiring illustrated biography is perfect for young middle-grade readers. Black-and-white line drawings throughout, sidebars on related topics such as Louis Braille, a timeline, and a bibliography enhance readers' understanding of the subject.

Illustrated by John O'Brien.

A biography of the woman who, with the assistance of her devoted teacher Annie Sullivan, achieved success and fame despite being blind and deaf.

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This biography of Helen Keller is divided into short readable chapters and is illustrated throughout with simple black-and-white sketches. Interspersed throughout the book are short biographies of personalities of the era who had connections either to Helen or to the process of educating special students. You will find Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. There are also some short descriptions of sign language and Braille. Although left blind and deaf by illness, the struggle that led her to become a best-selling author and a famous world traveler is well documented in this work. There is a timeline of Helen Keller's life adjacent to a timeline of the world. This is an interesting choice for those students doing reports or wanting to know more about this interesting person. 2003, Grosset & Dunlap, Ages 8 to 10.
— Pat Williams
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780448431444
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/25/2003
  • Series: Who Was...? Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 51,553
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 570L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2008

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    I live your who was books especially Who was Helen Keller. The book gave facts that you understand. Also, facts that I did not know about her. Now I want to try to get all of the books for my daughter. Keep making those books. See ya later! -Samantha ( Ana's daughter)

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

    Amazing

    I love this book helped me out alot with school! Hellen in very inspirational!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2007

    Inspirational book...

    Gare Thompson wrote a couple of books that were part of a series about different important past figures in history. These books have become very popular and they are very interesting. Another book that he wrote for the series was Who is Eleanor Roosevelt. One of his most famous books is Who was Helen Keller? This is a biography of the woman who, with the assistance of her devoted teacher Annie Sullivan, achieved success and fame despite being blind and deaf. At age two, Helen Keller became deaf and blind. She lived in a world of silence and darkness and she spent the rest of her life struggling to break through it. But with the help of teacher Annie Sullivan, Helen learned to read, write, and do many amazing things. The reading level of the book is fourth grade, first month. The genre of the book is biography. The theme of the book is dedication, courage, and hard work. The book asks the question, ¿Who is Helen Keller?¿ It makes it a very powerful book. I really did cry at the end of the book and it was heartfelt. It tells the hardships of a woman who makes it in life. Helen Keller once said, ¿I can make a difference. I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.¿ She is an inspiration to me. Thompson, Gare. Who was Helen Keller? New York: Penguin Young Readers Group, 2003.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    Great

    This review states that this book is simply wonderful

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    GREAT BOOK!!!!!!!!!

    Loved this book! You must read it!
    - :-)

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2013

    Im almost like hellen keller

    Hellen Keller is blind and delf in both eyes and ears but im not blind im delf in one ear and my parents and grandparents know but the sill yell at me and the say dont give me that i cant hear that well asouse and i know im not that good of a speller but im only in fourth grade

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    READ

    Hellen Keller was a christian and wrote many amazing hymns that many churches still sing today

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2013

    Awesom

    Helen keller is a star like me caitlin star i need this for wax museum in fifth grade bibliography

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2013

    Hellen keller was blind but did many great things.

    I heard that she is a graet historical figure.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Befour i lawrd she could not hear i loved her but i hate her

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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