Wednesday, September 12, 2012

New Children's Book about Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan

Annie and Helen by Deborah Hopkinson

I was excited to see this new children's book about the relationship between Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan, and I ordered it right away, knowing some young child would be just as fascinated by Helen Keller as I was.  As a young child the Braille alphabet was intriguing to me, and I tried to learn the letters and use them to write notes and stories.  I couldn't believe Helen would read so much that her fingertips would bleed.  And how persistent Annie Sullivan had to have been to win over the frightened, unruly child who had never been able to relate to her family or the world around her.  We've just gotten in this new book and it's featured on our special Book Page display that offers different levels of Burry gift cards when you make a purchase from this section.

Here is some information about the new book:

Author Deborah Hopkinson and illustrator Raul Colon present the story of Helen Keller in a fresh and original way that is perfect for young children. Focusing on the relationship between Helen and her teacher, Annie Sullivan, the book is interspersed with excerpts of Annie's letters home, written as she struggled with her angry, wild pupil. But slowly, with devotion and determination, Annie teaches Helen finger spelling and braille, letters, and sentences. As Helen comes to understand language and starts to communicate, she connects for the first time with her family and the world around her. The lyrical text and exquisite art will make this fascinating story a favorite with young readers. Children will also enjoy learning the Braille alphabet, which is embossed on the back cover of the jacket.

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