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Jan 31 2019

Helen Keller by Libby Romero

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Ill. by Charlotte Ager. DK Life Stories. DK, 2019. ISBN 9780241322932.
(Age: 8-12) Highly recommended. Themes: Helen Keller. Biography. Disability. Blindness. Deafness. Helen Keller's life is revealed in this accessible biography for younger readers. Helen's disability and her relationship with her teacher Annie Sullivan are described with simple detail. Her later life is also explained, along with her opinions and service for others, all demonstrating her amazing capacity; she was never limited by her disabilities but used her talent for overcoming obstacles to inspire others.
The presentation of this book is delightfully appealing for readers aged 8-12. The cartoon style illustrations are interspersed with photographs, and decorated text boxes are used to explain terminology and ideas for the benefit of the younger audience. With colourful chapter headings, a family tree, a summary timeline of Helen's life, a quiz, and a glossary the book is a wonderful, appealing non-fiction book. The text is not complex and this book would make an excellent addition to a biographical collection in a primary school library.
Highly recommended. Ages 8-12
Carolyn Hull

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