Pages - 95
Published by Scholastic.
The beginning was happy for Helen. She laughed and loved and grew like any other baby. First she crawled, then she walked, and she was learning to talk. Each day was full of adventures.
Then everything stopped. One day Helen laughed and played as usual. The next day she lay tossing and turning in bed. She was very, very sick. The doctor was called. But he could do little to help. A strange fever was burning.
Now I know I could have chosen a more adult version of Helen Keller's biography, but when I saw this one on Bookmooch I knew I had to have it. This was the book I remember my junior school teacher reading to us in class and I remember sitting at the end of the day, cross legged on the carpet, hoping my nan was waiting outside the school for me and listening intently to this story of an amazing little girl. I would say that this book dwells more on Helen's childhood than her adult years, but to me that was when she really discovered what she was capable of. Her childhood was the turning point in her life, with the help of her teacher.
For anyone who hasn't heard of Helen Keller, she is a remarkable woman, who overcame being blind, deaf and dumb to show the world that anything is possible. When she was a child, her parents struggled to cope with her and let her get away with murder. It wasn't until they contacted the Perkins Institute and a Miss Annie Sullivan was sent to teach Helen, that Helen started to experience the world around her. After a struggle, Annie taught Helen how to use braille in order to identify everything. Helen's education progressed by leaps and bounds and she went on to graduate from college.
This is a lovely quick book to read and gives you the bare essentials of Helen Keller's life. If your are looking for more details about her then I would suggest a more weightier biography. I noticed on Wikipedia that Helen Keller published a total of 12 books and even published her own autobiography at 22. Helen Keller also went on to be a renowned world famous speaker. I also didn't realise that she went on to be a suffragette, her political career spanned many of her adult years.
I think I would definitely like to read more about Helen Keller and hope to get hold of her own biography.
Has anyone read any of Helen Keller's books or can anyone recommend a more detailed biography of her life?