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Annie and Helen

by Deborah Hopkinson

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Deborah Hopkinson did a great job with this book. It is both informational and enjoyable. She writes about young Helen Keller and her frustrations of being deaf and blind. Readers will see little Helen throw tantrums and ultimately feels defeated because she lacks the key to language and communication. That is until Annie Sullivan comes into her life. Annie teaches Helen how to communicate in various ways, as well as to read braille. Readers will see the beautiful and meaningful relationship Annie and Helen share and can possibly be inspired. I really enjoyed this book, and the group of children I read it to seemed to enjoy it as well. One thing that I really liked is how there were real pictures of Helen and Annie included at the beginning and end of the book. ( )
  cedoyle | Mar 29, 2016 |
Even after every book or story that I read about Helen Keller, she still never ceases to amaze me. He dedication, persistence and attitude towards life is truly inspirational. This is a story about the educational journey between Helen and her beloved teacher Annie. Before Annie came along, Helen's future did not look bright. She was an angry and confused child. When she meets Annie, her outlook on life eventually started to change. Once she realizes she can learn, she doesn't stop. This book takes its readers on their educational journey and it definitely did not come easy. Annie writes many letters about her experience with teaching Helen. At first, their relationship was rough. Helen was as stubborn as stubborn could get. Eventually that formed and inseperable bond and Annie taught Helen everything. Helen could read, write, speak and understand language. Helen Keller is an extraordinary person and Annie is just as amazing. Without Annie, Hellen would have never accomplished everything she did in life. All it took was person's patience, time, and a belief that Hellen was capable of anything. ( )
  Jmreed1 | Mar 16, 2016 |
I loved this book! I love his it teaches how Helen Keller was able to read and write, even though she was deaf and blind. It teaches the lesson that you can accomplish anything you set your mind too. Helen wanted to read and write, so thankfully, Annie was there to guide her in the right direction to learn. ( )
  krausch | Mar 2, 2015 |
I loved this book! I think it helps children understand how Helen Keller learned how to read and write, while being blind and deaf. This was a great read and I would recommend this book to everyone. I think it is amazing what Annie Sullivan did for Helen. Helen was a hard headed little girl and she grew to be such an inspiration to many people. ( )
  krausch | Feb 12, 2015 |
This is a beautiful book about Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan. Within this book, the author, Deborah Hopkinson, includes parts of multiple letters Annie wrote about her stay with Helen to a colleague at the Perkins Institution for the Blind. Annie is blunt and honest in her letters, she struggles at first with teaching Helen simple tasks, but once they form a bond, Annie is able to teach Helen sign language and reading and writing as well. Annie and Helen accomplish so much together, Helen is even able to go to college and she becomes the first deaf and blind person in the United States to earn a bachelor of arts.
This book was truly inspiring, both Helen and Annie stop at nothing to accomplish their dreams. ( )
  SMLawrence | Oct 18, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375857060, Hardcover)

"What is breathtakingly shown here, through accurate, cross-hatched watercolor paintings; excerpts from Sullivan’s correspondence to her former teacher; and concise and poetic language, is the woman’s patience and belief in the intelligence of her student to grasp the concepts of language," praised School Library Journal in a starred review.

Author Deborah Hopkinson and illustrator Raul Colón 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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Describes the relationship between Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan, and includes excerpts from letters written by Annie about her work with Helen.

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