Helen Keller by Margaret Davidson

November 30th, 2015 by

Helen Keller Margaret DavidsonSubmitted by Harley, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

Hellen Keller the best book in the world. It starts out telling about what you are going to read, Hellen was just a baby when she was blind. Her mom found out she was blind,then she was deaf so she got a teacher to help her read and spell. Then she moved with her teacher and learned how to read and write.

Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller by Sarah Miller

October 3rd, 2010 by

Submitted by Hahaha me, Age 11 from Maine

Rating: ★★★★½

When Anne Sullivan comes to Ivy Green to teach Helen Keller, she feels that the task is impossible to fulfill. Not only is it hard to teach a both deaf and blind six-year-old, but her raging tantrums and outright stubborn attitude prevent Anne from doing anything, not to mention Helen’s parents, who spoil and shield her from punishment and discipline. Anne is constantly asking herself if she is doing the right thing, and if her methods have any effect on Helen. But even the tiniest triumph lights a spark of hope.

I LOVE Miss Spitfire. READ IT! If Helen Keller were sitting right next to me, I’d have her finger-spell the word A-M-A-Z-I-N-G into my hand, because that’s what Miss Spitfire is!

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