Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller by Sarah Miller

We know that Annie Sullivan had a difficult time teaching the deaf and blind Helen Keller to communicate, but how difficult was it, exactly? This excellent book fills us in on Annie's challenging and sad life before coming to the Keller's, which helps to explain her diligence and devotion. While Helen's actions are wild, this book shows that she was very intelligent, and just needed the opportunity to share that with others. The details of this process is something that the children will fins fascinating. This is a very complete book of Helen's early years; hopefully dedicated readers will go on to read Helen's autobiography or find out more about Annie Sullivan. Pictures, online sources, books and a chronology round out this very engaging biographical novel.

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