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Helen Keller : a determined life
MacLeod, Elizabeth.
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Publication Information:
Toronto : Kids Can Press, [2004]

Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations, portraits ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.4 1.0 77498.

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HV1624.K4 M24 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
HV1624.K4 M24 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography

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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 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.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 3-5. As with other books in the Snapshots: Images of People and Places in History series, the scrapbooklike design invites kids right into the life of a famous person. Here, in carefully captioned, black-and-white images, attractively cropped and organized on the page, children receive a glimpse of America's First Lady of Courage and the people and places that figured prominently in her life. Each double-page spread comprises one page of text and a multiphoto collage. Like the illustrations, MacLeod's commentary is a collection of bits and pieces abouteller, smoothly integrated to reveal the struggle, the sadness, and the successeller experienced over the years. This seems tailor-made for browsing; kids will definitely come away wanting to know more. Steer them toeller's own writings or to in-depth biographies such as Laurie Lawlor's Heleneller: Rebellious Spirit (2001) oroan Dash's The World at Her Fingertips (2002). Unfortunately, there are no sources here, although an extensive time line gives kids a good overview. --Stephanie Zvirin Copyright 2004 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.