Dynamic Duo! Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan

December 3rd, 2009 by

Helen Keller with Anne Sullivan, July 1888

Helen Keller with Anne Sullivan, July 1888

We recently received an influx of great book reviews (I suspect from a classroom in Indiana :)), and a lot of them are of the Biography genre. I had a lot of fun reading and posting these book reviews to the Reviews by You(th) section of Kidsmomo, and I hope anyone visiting finds a historical figure they’d like to read about!

My favorite person to read about growing up were Helen Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan. Despite becoming blind and deaf at a young age, Helen Keller learned to communicate by sign language, with the help of her teacher Anne Sullivan (who was partly blind herself!)  She even learned how to speak, even though she couldn’t hear a word she was saying, and gave speeches around the country. Helen Keller eventually wrote an autobiography, The Story of My Life. But before you dive into that (it’s pretty dense), check out some of these biographies about Helen and Anne. That’s right — I know them so well, I’m on a first-name basis with them).

About Helen Keller:

  • Helen Keller by Margaret Davidson
  • Helen Keller: From Tragedy to Triumph by Katharine Wilkie and Robert Doremus

mrs-spitfire-reaching-helen-kellerAbout Anne Sullivan, her teacher:

  • Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller by Sarah Miller
  • Helen Keller’s Teacher by Margaret Davidson
  • Miracle Worker (a play) by Willim Gibson

When Karen gets back from vacation (Yup, it’s just me alone here, holding down the fort), we’ll brainstorm about having Biographies as a Weekly Theme!  What do you guys think of that?

And as usual — Continue submitting book reviews!

— Nancy

2 Responses

  • beki writes:
    December 3rd, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    nice job on the summary i would really like to read about helen keller

  • Jesse writes:
    October 25th, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    now i want to read about Helen Keller

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