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1. Annie Sullivan.
2. Seeing Annie Sullivan: Poems
3. Teacher: Anne Sullivan Macy
4. Beyond the Miracle Worker: The
5. Helen Keller's Teacher (Scholastic
6. Helen Keller (In Their Own Words)
7. Miracle Worker
8. Gentle Hand To Victory
9. Helen Keller; Handicapped Girl,
10. Helen Keller (Lives and Times)
11. Helen Keller:A photographic story
12. Helen Keller: From Tragedy to
13. The Story of My Life (Dover Large

1. Annie Sullivan.
by Mary Malone
 Library Binding: Pages (1971-06)
list price: US$5.99
Isbn: 0399600310
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2. Seeing Annie Sullivan: Poems
by Denise Bergman
Paperback: 104 Pages (2005-04-01)
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Asin: 189181236X
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Poems about the early life of Annie Sullivan, Helen Keller's mentor and friend. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Seeing,Hearing, Language, Poverty, Teacher, Helen Keller
Denise Bergman's "SeeingAnnie Sullivan" is an apt title; I didn''t feel as though I was reading her poems; rather it's as if I was seeing scenes connecting me "like a hyphen to the world" of Annie Sullivan dating from her childhood through her beginning period as teacher to Helen Keller. Ms. Bergman's use of language is the equivalent of a film produced by a gifted cinematograher andmotion picture director.

Even the first paragraph of her prefaceto her book indicates that:

"As the train sped south, the young woman (Annie Sullivan) turns her head to watch the fields andtowns pass by.The windows are grimy from years of cigarand cigarette smoke and caked on the outside with dust from the clay earth.Some don't open. Some don't close.Her father had once told her that back in Ireland landlords charged rent by the number of windows, so families boarded them up and lived without air, without light."

The last poem in "Seeing Annie Sullivan"entitled NEXT SET OFWORDS should be a
classic for allteachersof the young to read--think, know, perhaps,suppose, forget, remember, expect,slowly, cautiously, possibly become more than the "next set of words."

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3. Teacher: Anne Sullivan Macy
by Helen Keller
Hardcover: 256 Pages (1985-02-21)
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Asin: 0313247382
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Rounds out the body of Keller/Sullivan literature
First, I will mention that I have the 1985 re-print of the book, purchased in 2003 from Amazon."Teacher" was originally published in 1955.This reprint has a plain blue cover, and it did not have a dust jacket.The photos appear to be photo-copies of originals.

One of the reasons that this book is significant is because of personal clues that it reveals.For example, Annie had a ferocious temper - even with Helen.She was a perfectionist who pushed Helen to do or try to do many very difficult things. She wanted Helen to speak like a hearing person and pushed her to practice extensively.Helen tried, but because of her severe hearing loss, was never able to cultivate a voice that was as clear and "sweet" as Annie wanted it to be.Annie also was determined that Helen should be the best at everything she attempted including the best scholar at Radcliffe College.She forbade Helen to read books that were of questionable literary value.Helen, however, did not seem to suffer from these pressures in a lasting way - maybe due to her naturally accepting and gentle nature.

Another reason that this book is important is that it shows how and what Helen thought about her life and Annie.Both Annie and Helen were very gifted in the use of language.This shared modality fostered and colored their communications and their vision of life.It became their means of earning a living in the forms of lectures and writing.

Helen's writings about her "Teacher" show that she adored, respected, worried about and loved Annie.She mourned the fact that Annie did not receive more of the credit for Helen's success. This book makes clear, on the other hand, that the teacher had an extremely apt student.It was a partnership between two women who loved one another, who were both very bright, who had very different temperments, and who became a family.

There are two other must reads for the Annie Sullivan/Helen Keller scholar.Both have more and better photos of Helen and Annie.One is "Anne Sullivan Macy" by Nella Braddy Henney.Braddy was a contemporary and friend of Helen and Annie.This book provides a very sympathetic version of their lives."Helen and Teacher" by Peter Lash is probably more objective.It shows them in a somewhat less heroic way.Together these two biographies provide a rather complete picture of Annie and Helen as they were. ... Read more

4. Beyond the Miracle Worker: The Remarkable Life of Anne Sullivan Macy and Her Extraordinary Friendship with Helen Keller
by Kim E. Nielsen
Hardcover: 320 Pages (2009-05-01)
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Asin: 0807050466
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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After many years, historian and Helen Keller expert Kim Nielsen realized that she, along with other historians and biographers, had failed Anne Sullivan Macy. While Macy is remembered primarily as Helen Keller’s teacher and mythologized as a straightforward educational superhero, the real story of this brilliant, complex, and misunderstood woman, who described herself as a “badly constructed human being,” has never been completely told.
Beyond the Miracle Worker, the first biography of Macy in nearly fifty years, complicates the typical Helen-Annie “feel good” narrative in surprising ways. By telling the life from Macy’s perspective—not Keller’s—the biography is the first to put Macy squarely at the center of the story. It presents a new and fascinating tale about a wounded but determined woman and her quest for a successful, meaningful life.
Born in 1866 to poverty-stricken Irish immigrants, the parentless and deserted Macy suffered part of her childhood in the Massachusetts State Almshouse at Tewksbury. Seeking escape, in love with literature, and profoundly stubborn, she successfully fought to gain an education at the Perkins School for the Blind.
As an adult, Macy taught Keller, helping the girl realize her immense potential, and Macy’s intimate friendship with Keller remained powerful throughout their lives. Yet as Macy floundered with her own blindness, ill health, and depression, as well as a tumultuous and triangulated marriage, she came to lean on her former student, emotionally, physically, and economically.
Based on privately held primary source material, including materials at both the American Foundation for the Blind and the Perkins School for the Blind, Beyond the Miracle Worker is revelatory and absorbing, unraveling one of the best known—and least understood—friendships of the twentieth century.
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5-0 out of 5 stars original and excellent biography
Among the many qualities that this biography offers original reinterpretation of Anne Sullivan Macy's experiences as a woman, the daughter of immigrants (and as an ethnic minority), a reformer reaching across the economic barriers and social expectations, another woman with her own impairments.Byhighlighting Sullivan alone as well asthroughher famed relationship to Helen Keller, Nielsen offers us insights into a dynamic partnership that changes significantly over time. Her scholarship deserves particular attention, drawing not only on traditional sources but on broader cultural materials that enhance the context and meaning of this unique biography. I particularly appreciated that Nielsen acknowledged the "gray zones" in this work. It is simply not possible to know certain aspects about Sullivan's internal life (or details from her actual past). Noting when the data were unclear reminds us that historical biography strongly shapes our assumptions about the subject; owning what is interpretationand what is unknown enhances the credibility of the work.

This thoughtful, critical study for all its intellectual sophistication is surprising for its incredibly clear prose. Engaging, at times unflinching, this work invites us to understand MacySullivanas acomplex, human, and relevant figure on her own and through her relationship as teacher and friend to Keller. I recommend this to students, scholars, and the public at large.

3-0 out of 5 stars Annie Sullivan without Helen?
The whole premise of this biography is faulty.The author begins by saying this biography is about Annie Sullivan Macy, not Helen Keller.Aside from Annie's early years, her whole life was Helen Keller.And Helen Keller does figure very prominently in this biography.So, I'm not sure why the author bothered to say it was not about Helen.It was mainly just an excuse to trot out yet another biography about Annie Sullivan & Helen Keller.I did learn some things I did not know or had forgotten about Ms Sullivan and Ms Keller.I knew Ms Sullivan had eye trouble and that her vision was not perfect.I did not know she was so afflicted and she had so many eye surgeries.Nor did I know that her eye disease was basically caused by unhygenic conditions in her early childhood.It's sad and scary that so much pain and suffering was caused by simple lack of cleanliness.

I knew Ms Sullivan was a prickly personality but I did not know she had such a push/pull relationship with the Perkins Institute over the years.Even during her early student days, she was not easy to deal with.One would think since she was there on scholarship from a poor house, she would be a thankful cooperative student; but she was not.

What I found interesting was the push/pull relationship over who would claim public credit for Helen's educational success.I guess it makes sense that the powers that be would not want a mere woman to get credit for Helen's success when the Perkins Institute could claim public credit.

What I did not like about this biography was the author interjecting herself & her personal beliefs into the subject matter.She had some jibes to make over the Keller family's relationship to Ms Sullivan being from the North.Obviously, feelings ran high in Alabama in the years of the recent war upheaval.What is amazing is that a Southern family would open their home to a person from the North at all.It speaks of their love for Helen that they were able to do this.

The other odd thing the author said was that Annie Sullivan was not known publicly to have a vision problem.That she chose to hide her disability.Much like a lesbian or gay person would choose to hide.I thought this was a bizarre analogy to make.What Ms Sullivan's visual disability had to do with gay and lesbian people was not explained.And it seemed obvious that the author perhaps had her own personal axe to grind her.

The author said many many times "we just don't know" about whatever gaps there are in the knowledge of what Annie & Helen were doing at any given time or where they were.Or why they did something.We just don't know.This could be a drinking game if one wanted to.Drink a shot every time the author says we don't know and we will be laying in the floor in an hour.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beyond the Miracle Worker
This was a very good book about HElen KEller and her teacher Anne Macy.I enjoyed it very much.

4-0 out of 5 stars The first solo biography of Anne Sullivan Macy in decades
Maybe it seems counter-intuitive to write a solo biography of Anne Sullivan Macy -- who would have heard of her if not for Helen Keller, right? Even for someone who's as nutzoid for Annie as I am, it's odd at first to read a biography in which Helen Keller gets so obviously sidelined. However, much as I value Joseph Lash's dual biography, Helen And Teacher: The Story Of Helen Keller And Anne Sullivan Macy (Radcliffe Biography Series), and as much as the two women's lives were intertwined, reading Nielsen's solo examination of Annie reveals just how much of a distraction keeping up with Helen Keller creates for those of us interested the intricacies of Annie Sullivan.

Without the focus constantly swinging toward the details of Helen's existence, vital elements like Annie's disabilities and mercurial personality virtually become characters in their own right. In fact, Nielsen shows that Annie's wavering eyesight, chronic pain, recurring illnesses, and lifelong bouts of melancholy were more debilitating than Helen's blindness and deafness -- though no one who spent 40-odd years standing next to a deaf-blind icon would dare draw attention to that fact. Not even saucy Annie Sullivan.

While many biographers tend to frame the hardships in Annie's early life as a rags-to-riches buildup to her successes as Helen Keller's famous teacher, Nielsen details the lingering effects of Annie's childhood traumas on her adult relationships and behavior. The truth of the matter is that Annie Sullivan was damaged goods, and even the salve of Helen's decades-long friendship never fully closed those wounds. No matter how much Helen loved and venerated her, Anne Sullivan Macy was not an easy woman to live with. Fortunately for the rest of us, all the extremes that made her such a trial and a delight make for a fascinating read under Nielsen's steady gaze. ... Read more

5. Helen Keller's Teacher (Scholastic Biography)
by Margaret Davidson
 Paperback: 160 Pages (1992-03)

Isbn: 0590419331
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The true story of the dedicated woman, Anne Sullivan Macy, who became Helen Keller's teacher and lifelong friend. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An inspirational woman
I LOVED this book when I read it and re-read it in third grade. I found Annie's story very emotional (with both highs and lows) and interesting, and I really felt like I could empathize with her. Her work with the blind, especially with the famous Hellen Keller was inspirational, and her story deserves to be known--and this book is a telling of it that's perfectly acceptable for younger readers.

4-0 out of 5 stars Helen Keller's Teacher
The shipping I felt was a little slow, but it did come in its said date time.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good Boigraphy If You Don't Want Too Much Detail
This is an excellent biography if you want a good amount of information about Annie Sullivan but not too much. It isn't a simple one page or two page list of facts but it won't go over ever-single detail in Annie Sullivan's life. After all, it's only 153 pages, hardly a novel. It's well written but not a difficult read. It really tells about Annie Sullivan's life, not just the time she spent with Helen Keller. For example, it talks a lot about her childhood and the time she spent in the Perkins Institution. In fact only half of the book is spent talking about her time with Helen. The first half is spent telling about Annie's struggles with her disabilities. I recommend this if you are looking for a quick, yet engaging read about Annie Sullivan.

5-0 out of 5 stars A demonstration of the power of the human desire to learn and understand
To maintain their effectiveness, educators must constantly troll for new and interesting ways to present their material. I recently attended a meeting where a candidate for a position in the education department was doing a learning presentation. One of the topics covered was the difficulty of finding alternative ways to present the same topic and we discussed the different ways in which students process information and reach a state of understanding.
Sometimes, casting your gaze only in the forward direction can cause you to miss solutions already tried and proven successful. This book is a biography of the life of Annie Sullivan, the woman who educated Helen Keller. Helen was a woman who was rendered blind and deaf by an illness while she was very young. Annie was a woman who was nearly blind in her youth and was raised in a home for the indigent. Annie's problems in trying to educate Helen were more difficult than most educators face. She had to somehow relate to Helen and impart concepts that most of us obtain through either visual or auditory means.
Annie was fortunate that her student was very intelligent, but that fact should not diminish the significance of her accomplishments. Her methods of adapting to the situation and developing new ways to present material remain an object lesson in quality education over a century after her student became the first deafblind person to graduate from college.
This story is a demonstration of the power of the human desire to learn and understand. I strongly recommend it as required reading in late elementary school.

4-0 out of 5 stars Wow this is a great biography
Hellen Kellers Teacher was a great book.I liked it because it had a lot of dialouge and lots of interesting facts I had never known That were about Annie her teacher.Annie was blind when she was little so she knew what Helen felt like.Most people concentrate on Helen but this is all about her teacher.I would recomend this to any 3rd 4th or 5th grader. ... Read more

6. Helen Keller (In Their Own Words)
by George Sullivan
Hardcover: 128 Pages (2002-01)
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Asin: 0439147514
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Helen Keller was the first deaf and blind student to ever attend an American college, but graduating from Radcliffe with honors was only one of her many accomplishments. Her writing and speeches tell the poignant story of a woman who struggles to overcome personal adversity, while working as an advocate for the physically challenged. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Helen Keller as a girl, learning from Anne Sullivan
This book, "In Their Own words: Helen Keller," was received in good condition, before Christmas, as I hoped. It is a well-written book, especially for young people, to educate people about Helen Keller's condition and how she faced it and surmounted it, with the help of many wonderful people, but especially her teacher, Anne Sullivan.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great reading, fun, and motivating for kids
I have read Helen Keller's The Story of My Life, and I spotted In Their Own Words: Helen Keller on a bookshelf in a middle school class. When I was reading it, I became engrossed to the book and enjoyed it. There is more information in In Their Own Words: Helen Keller not covered in the autobiography plus additional details about Helen Keller in the extended period of her life because The Story of My Life ended when she was 22-23 years old. I thought the details to be interesting and highly informative although it's a book for the kids. In Their Own Words: Helen Keller also provides a good leap from this book to a professional biography of Helen Keller's life. Another best part of the book is that there are many pictures contained, and I liked them. The print is simple, and the pages are short (only 125 pages) and can be read in a few hours. All in all, I recommend In Their Own Words: Helen Keller after finished reading The Story of My Life.

As with the other books in the series "In Their Own Words," the author has given us another great good and useful book for young women and men.The Keller story is in itself, quite inspirational and Mr Sullivan has been able to capture this spirit quite well. The constant use of quotes allows the reader to feel they are getting the facts right from the source and not from some dry accedemic source.The black and white photos are used quite effectively.The book holds the reader's interest and along with inspiring the reader, he or she actually learns something.Highly recommend this one.

4-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
I re-read this book a few nights ago and although it is not a story-tale fiction book like I ussually read it is still very enjoyable and extremly educational. It teaches you the amazing story of a girl named Helen Keller who lost her ability to see and hear at a very young age.It takes you through her life during which she accomplishes so many spectacular things and conquers challenges that no one thought she could.She stars in a movie, she learns to read and write and she goes through college and becomes an honor student and all along the way she is guided by her loyal friend Anne Sullivan.I ussually dont read biographys but I'm glad I picked this one up! I encourage you to read it because it makes you realize that even though someone like Helen Keller cant see or hear, it makes them no different than other people and they are perfectly capable of accomplishing anything as long as they set their mind to it.This book is very inspiring and it really makes you realize what a remarkable person Helen Keller was. ... Read more

7. Miracle Worker
by Wiliam Gibson
 Paperback: Pages (1981-10)

Isbn: 999471189X
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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One of the most beautiful and heartfelt dramas of our time, this is the inspiring story of Helen Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan--The Miracle Worker. This timeless screenplay has been brought to the movies starring Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, then Patty Duke and Melissa Gilbert. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Thank you.
This was a favorite of mine as a small girl... came the day after Christmas, but was ordered very late during the holiday season.. so now its a birthday gift... thank you.
Book is in perfect condition.

2-0 out of 5 stars Aaaarrrrrrrrggggghhhhhhhhh!!!!!
An inspiring story, but a difficult book to trudge through.I never have enjoyed reading the scripts for modern plays - it's so much better to watch them being performed. I'm not sure that either of the Hollywood films has really captured the essence of the story, but watching them is certainly more enjoyable than reading this book.The only way we could get my daughter through it (for a 6th grade assignment) was by reading it out aloud and giving the characters ridiculous accents (for example, Captain Keller became a pirate).Only get this book from the library, and even then, only if you have an assignment to do !

5-0 out of 5 stars Thank you
Thank you very much/ this item was in perfect condition when I got it, it was received in a very timely matter, this was one of my favorite stories when I was little and I am glad to have it!
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5-0 out of 5 stars The miracle worker
I chose this book "The miracle worker" because I knew it was going to be about the adventure of Helen Keller and the way she learned to communicate with her hands because she was blind and deaf.My feelings about the story after I read it was that nothing is impossible if you put your mind to it you can accomplish anything.Yes, this book was what I thought it would be.I felt the same way about the book after I read it. My feelings didn't change because it turned out the way that I expected.

This story is about a teacher who had one of the same problems as the child she was teaching so she knew what her student was going through.The teacher and the child become the worst of enemies but then realize how much they really care about each other.They go through rough times but at the end everything falls into place.It is a true story of Helen Keller and Annie.The parents go through a difficult time watching the teacher, Annie, teach Helen as if she were a regular child. They think that the teacher is not a very good teacher.In the beginning, they want Annie to leave but later on they see that Annie is going to be the one who gets through to Helen.

Two reasons why I like this book is because it shows that anything is possible if you try hard enough and that you can get through to the most stubborn person in the world.

I think that this book is for the age of twelve years old and up. I chose twelve years old and up because you need to be able to understand what you're reading.Twelve year olds also have a good variety of vocabulary.So I suggest that you read this book because it will give you a great feeling inside!

I would give this book a five out of five rating because it is a very good book!!!

This book is about a girl who finds herself with the help of a teacher, everyone should read this book and I promise you that you will not waste your time!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars good book
This is a very good book about the truth of a little who is in bad shape and then made it throuth with help. And parents who are willing to give for their little girl who is having a hard time and can't see or hear and speak. ... Read more

8. Gentle Hand To Victory
by JeanWelt Taylor
Paperback: 196 Pages (2004-11-12)
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9. Helen Keller; Handicapped Girl,
by Katharine Elliot Wilkie
 Library Binding: Pages (1969-01)
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Isbn: 0672500760
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10. Helen Keller (Lives and Times)
by Emma Lynch
Hardcover: 32 Pages (2005-09-15)
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This book tells the story of famous businesspeople and inventors, by introducing evidence that survives from the era in which the person lived. It uses primary source materials to explain how we know about the person's life and how we can learn about events in the past. It can be used in the Literacy Hour as examples of biological recount. It also supports the learning strands "study the lives of famous people", fins out about aspects of the past from a range of sources, and asks and answers questions about the past. ... Read more

11. Helen Keller:A photographic story of a life (DK Biography)
by Leslie Garrett
Paperback: 128 Pages (2004-08-23)
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Asin: 0756603390
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Tells the inspirational tale of this spirited crusader.

In this groundbreaking new series, DK brings together fresh voices and DK design values to give readers the most information-packed, visually exciting biographies on the market today. Full-color photographs of people, places, and artifacts, definitions of key words, and sidebars on related subjects add dimension and relevance to stories of famous lives that students will love to read. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Jojo says,"This biography is great and is for anyone"

Imagine being blind your whole life. Well this person was Helen Keller! This book Helen Keller is about the story life of Helen growing up blind. She is an amazing person she had to learn how to talk with her hands and that was hard because she was blind and deaf. The author of this book was Leslie Garrett. I think this book is for 9 to 16 year olds. This book has 121 pages. This biography is a fantastic book.
Helen Keller was an amazing woman she was blind and deaf her whole like. Did you know that Helen went to Harvard, that's the best college in the world? Helen had many challenges in her life she had lost a lot of her family when she was younger. When she was about 9 years old this girl named Annie came to help Helen be able to live a happier life being blind and deaf. Helen and Annie worked hard so Helen could live a good life. When Helen grew up she made many movies and books during her life. Without Annie's help and guidance she would not have seceded.
When I read Helen Keller I think my favorite part of the book was when she was going to Harvard and when she studying, it's a huge part of the book!
When I read this book the most important thing I learned from reading this book was keep trying and don't ever give up!
There are lots of books like this one, but there are lots of other DK books on Helen Keller. Also and other people like Albert Einstein and more!
My recommendation for reading this book Helen Keller is you will be amazed at how Helen got to where she was at and Annie was huge part of Helens life. You will love this biography! I would give this biography 5 big star!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent short biography
This book on Helen Keller is one of the best biographies with lot of photographs and also written in simple style...It has lot of background info ,not found in Helen Keller's autobiography;the poignant story of HK will be well received by generations of readers and this book owuld fill the need.

4-0 out of 5 stars Book review from an 11 year old
I thought that this book was pretty good. I am not much of a person who reads biographies but I thought that it was very informative about Hellen Keller's life and it made a good read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the Classroom!
I bought this as an additon to a classroom unit I do on Helen Keller.As with all DK books, it is concise and easy to explore and read.It gives even my very young students intereting, factual information in an easily readable/browsable format.

5-0 out of 5 stars Helen Keller is the inspiration for us all
I had always been captivated by the concept of her life.Then, years later by sheer coincidence, got involved rescuing deaf blind dogs.I had to know what their lives are like.So I started reading Helen, as many people who have these dogs name them Helen or Keller.I was astounded, dumbfounded, beyond moved, by her JOY OF LIFE!My biggest fear was that I was not understanding the dark and silent world my dogs inhabit, and having delved vicariously into their thoughts, I understand they do have silly joy, amazing intelligence, and ABILITY.

Helen will always be a motivating force in my life.

This woman accomplished far more than one thousand sighted hearing humans ever dreamt of. ... Read more

12. Helen Keller: From Tragedy to Triumph (The Childhood of Famous Americans Series)
by Katharine Wilkie, Robert Doremus
Paperback: 192 Pages (1986-10-31)
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Asin: 0020419805
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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A biography, focusing on the childhood years, of the blind and deaf woman who overcame her handicaps with the help of her teacher, Annie Sullivan. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I read one of the books about Helen Keller when I was nine years old, and I was hooked, at that age I could not put the book down, I actually memorized, taught myself the hand sign chart in the back of the book. I highly recommend this book.I am purchasing this book for my niece for Christmas, she loves to read. When you think you been short-cutted in life, read this.Then ask your self do you have it that bad?

4-0 out of 5 stars The dealf, blind, and mute girl.
Helen Keller had a bad illness when she was only nineteen mouths old.She lived,but the illness left her blind, deaf, and mute.At the age of five her mom and dad wrote a school that has blind and deak kids there.A teacher came and didn't get along with Helen at first, but later thay become the best of friends.This is a good book for anyone who would like to know what it is like to be blind, or deaf or even both at the same time.This is a relly good book and I think that anyone who will read it will like it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Helen Keller
...It's about a girl that is blind, deaf, and dumb. (As in can't talk) But later when she got a teacher named Anne Sullivan, she learned to do lots of things. When Helen was ten years old, she learned to talk. But still could not hear. I learned that if you are blind, deaf, or dumb, you could still do lots of things. I think you would like this book too.

I think all different kinds of people would like this book because people whoeverlikes biographies would like this book too.

This book covers Helen Keller's life from her precocious babyhood wherein she greeted people with "how d'ye" and "tea, tea, tea" to her impressive adulthood as a crusader for persons who are blind.

Helen became blind and deaf after an extended, unidentified illness she suffered at 1 1/2.Unable to see, hear or speak, Helen communicated by a series of rudimentary signs and showed great precocity in learning to fold clothing and recognizing her own.She was also unruly and given to fits of temper, which was understandable considering her lack of access to ready communication.

When Helen was 3 months off 7, her now famous teacher, Annie Sullivan was hired to work with her.The redoubtable Ms. Sullivan taught Helen the manual alphabet and from her stellar progress at identifying familiar objects, taught her Braille as well.Helen's progress is nothing short of spectacular and she makes an impressive academic showing at the Perkins Institute for the Blind in Boston.

I liked the fact that this book did not dwell on that now tired scene at the water pump when Helen learns after having "water" spelled onto her fingers that "all things have a name."Instead of gasping and losing speed after the now overworked water pump scene, this biography picks up speed and the reader is treated to following Helen's academic progress at Perkins and later as a Radcliffe alumna.

This book glosses over Helen's radical socialism during her adulthood and also glosses over the challenges she and Annie faced as they matured together.It's a nice biography, but you do end up wanting more.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good kid and Well-behaved
You'll feel interesting the first capter and want to read the next chapters. Introduction the book, it attractives read over and over until you can memory the book feeling boring and can think about yourself and askyourself. Good kid, well-behaved and many people love her HelenKeller,"From Tragedy to Triumph" by Katharine E. Wilkie.HelenKeller was good kid and tried to speak and spelling when she was child. She also good student in high school and college. Her parents love her.When she met any one they love her.Growing uo, she was good lady, shevisited and encouraged people who blind, deaf, handicapper.... She wasgreat person and famous. From the book, I remind myself when I was childand the book also helping children try to become good kid and well-behaved. Ithink the audience who from 10-14 age, can read this book. Thebook purpose helps children in America to become good kid and learn manythings form people who is great person.If you want to know more informationor more knowledge Helen Keller what did she do?, you should read thisbook;aspecilly children. ... Read more

13. The Story of My Life (Dover Large Print Classics)
by Helen Keller
Paperback: 158 Pages (2002-04-09)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Left blind, deaf, and mute after an illness in infancy, Helen Keller overcame her disabilities with the help of Anne Sullivan, her inspired teacher. Her classic autobiography, first published in 1903, covers her first 22 years, including the memorable moment at a water pump when she first made the connection between the word "water" and the cold liquid flowing over her hand. She also discusses her friendships with Oliver Wendell Holmes and other notables, her education at Radcliffe, her joy at learning to speak, and above all, her extraordinary relationship with her teacher. This deeply moving memoir, full of love and compassion for others, offers an unforgettable portrait of one of the twentieth century's most remarkable women.
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Helen Keller would not be bound by conditions. Rendered deafand blind at 19 months by scarlet fever, she learned to read (inseveral languages) and even speak, eventually graduating with honorsfrom Radcliffe College in 1904, where as a student she wrote TheStory of My Life. That she accomplished all of this in an age whenfew women attended college and the disabled were often relegated tothe background, spoken of only in hushed tones, is remarkable. ButKeller's many other achievements are impressive by any standard: sheauthored 13 books, wrote countless articles, and devoted her life tosocial reform. An active and effective suffragist, pacifist, andsocialist (the latter association earned her an FBI file), shelectured on behalf of disabled people everywhere. She also helpedstart several foundations that continue to improve the lives of thedeaf and blind around the world.

As a young girl Keller was obstinate, prone to fits of violence, andseething with rage at her inability to express herself. But at the ageof 7 this wild child was transformed when, at the urging of AlexanderGraham Bell, Anne Sullivan became her teacher, an event she declares"the most important day I remember in all my life." (Sullivan herselfhad once been blind, but partially recovered her sight after a seriesof operations.) In a memorable passage, Keller writes of the day"Teacher" led her to a stream and repeatedly spelled out the lettersw-a-t-e-r on one of her hands while pouring water over theother. This method proved a revelation: "That living world awakened mysoul, gave it light, hope, joy, set it free! There were barriersstill, it is true, but barriers that could in time be swept away." And, indeed, most of them were.

In her lovingly crafted and deeply perceptive autobiography, Keller'sjoyous spirit is most vividly expressed in her connection tonature:

Indeed, everything that could hum, or buzz, or sing, orbloom, had a part in my education.... Few know what joy it is to feelthe roses pressing softly into the hand, or the beautiful motion ofthe lilies as they sway in the morning breeze. Sometimes I caught aninsect in the flower I was plucking, and I felt the faint noise of apair of wings rubbed together in a sudden terror....

The idea of feeling rather than hearing a sound, or of admiring aflower's motion rather than its color, evokes a strong visceralsensation in the reader, giving The Story of My Life a subtlepower and beauty. Keller's celebration of discovery becomes ourown. In the end, this blind and deaf woman succeeds in sharpening oureyes and ears to the beauty of the world. --Shawn Carkonen ... Read more

Customer Reviews (71)

5-0 out of 5 stars story of my life
The book talks about the author life and her education. Helen Keller became deaf and blind when she was nineteenth month because of the fever that she had. I like this book because there is a theory that says nothing impossible to learn. The author approved that blind and deaf people can do the same as others maybe more. I like how she struggled with learning and how other people around her influence her positively. She is really a successful woman who makes other people proud of what she has done and also not to give up easily.

5-0 out of 5 stars Helen Keller Story
I ordered this for a friend of mine for her birthday which is not here yet. She will be pleased to receive this as a gift because she is all taken up with the Helen Keller Story. She has ason with seven disabilities and feels that if Helen Keller could over come what she did he can over come and become something. She has wanted this and could not find it and she doesn't know that I have it for her. Thank you for the prompt service and the great condition of the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Moving, uplifting, and inspiring
First of all, I would like to take a short notice of the introduction by Jim Knipfel. Never in my life have I read an introductionary presentation of a person as famous as Helen Keller that was so condescending, sneering, and downright rude. I suggest the publishers of Signet Classic to discard Jim Knipfel's piece and replace it with an introduction that is of high quality and professional tone that meets Helen Keller's standards. Now, for the book The Story of My Life, the autobiography is as brilliant as it is an uplifting experience of having overcome the odds. I know what is it like to be deaf myself, but I can't imagine being blind too. It's so tough to think how I could succeed in this kind of life, but Helen Keller really did it and with high expectations. It is quite amazing that she went to an accredited college and earned a degree while possessing a knowledge of six languages (fingerspelling counts as one as it is part of American Sign Language). When she talks about her achievements, there is a great deal of pride in herself because she knows how hard it was to do it. At times, she commits the crime of supplying purple prose which went off the topic too much. One thing I notice about her writing is that it remains very positive throughout the book. She seems to be eternally grateful of being alive and granted with the fruits of life, and her accomplishments certainly reflect the fact. I am a little bit unsure as I am reading each chapter if she wrote it at that period of time, or did she write the story at the end of her college studies? I say this because I notice how her tone and attitude have dramatically changed. After finishing The Story of My Life, there is a collection of Helen Keller's letters. I admit, I found all of them boring and couldn't read much of them except notice the improvements in relatively a short time, especially for somebody that is so precociousness as Helen Keller. I read some of the negative comments written by the reviewers, and I do agree with some of them in a certain extent, but one of them is so odd that I am compelled to address the issue. One said, in her title, "Great story...hard to teach." Quite frankly, I find that comment narrow-minded. Surely, have you thought about teaching the ABC's of American Sign Language to the hearing kids? Have they met a deaf person before? Have they met a blind person? Or how about a deaf-blind person before? Have they learned about their culture? Have you taught them the characteristics of their lives and how they overcome adversities like watching television, talking on the phone, attending classes, etc.? Have you taken the kids to a school for the deaf and blind? I assure you, the experience for the kids can be very enlightening and surprising. One of the lifelong frustrations of my life being a deaf person as I am is the lack of acceptance by the hearing people. They seem to have this certain assumption that I can't do a lot of things just because I can't hear. It sounds hard to believe for most of you, but the fact is, this problem is incredibly prevalent. That's why The Story of My Life is a great and useful experience of exposing the young readers the kind of a world that deaf and/or blind people that live in and how they manage to live their lives. All in all, The Story of My Life presents a miracle of a woman who overcame all odds to be the best person possible as she can be, and it's shocking for me to see her to do it so considering the time period she lived in given the history of education among students with disabilities.

5-0 out of 5 stars Interesting and thorough story of Keller's life
This book contains the autobiography of Helen Keller, written while she was a college student, as well as the letters of Annie Sullivan, her extraordinary teacher, and the notes of John Macy, an assistant.There are also letters written by Helen Keller throughout various stages in her life.

My 12-year-old was assigned the autobiographical portion only, but found it so interesting that she continued to read all of Annie Sullivan's letters to the Perkins Institute.For my daughter to dig deeper, on her own, was a remarkable thing!I was really pleased to find her so engrossed with the story of Helen Keller.

It's fascinating to read about her life from the three different points of view (Keller's, Sullivan's, and Macy's.)As a teacher, I view her progress one way.As a mother, I see it another way.As a fellow human, I experience it in a totally different way.I found myself sitting for long periods, imagining what it must be like to have been Helen as a child, as a student, as a traveler...

I heartily recommend this book to anyone over the age of about 12.Younger children would benefit hearing it read aloud and discussed.It's a classic that should not be missed.

5-0 out of 5 stars more thoughtfulthan what one could imagine
I'm astonished by the one star comments! These people shouldat least read a story about the way human language emerged and evolved to writing and reading. Maybe"How Writing Came About" by Denise Schmandt-Besserat and perhaps they would start understanding the unimaginable effort done by Helen and the uniqueness of her testimony, as so well expounded by Konrad Lorentz.
Some time ago I had the great opportunity to exchange some emails about this subject with prof. Harold Bloom. Prof. Bloom, who knows very well the story of Helen, suggest that we have not only an internal ear but even an internal eye that allowed Helen to deeply understand the classics she read: her comments are short but so deep. One last remark, a recent book " Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain" by Maryanne Wolf could be very useful to better understand the key role of Helen Keller (and Anne Sullivan!). ... Read more

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