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Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen…
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Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller (Center for Cartoon Studies…

by Joseph Lambert

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This book ends a bit abruptly, but does a good job painting a portrait of Annie Sullivan as a character and of trying to depict the sensory experience of a young Helen Keller. Recommended for those two things. But it feels incomplete. I felt the book was just winding up when -- wham -- it's over. ( )
  chasing | Jan 18, 2016 |
This biographical graphic novel tells the story of Annie Sullivan’s difficult childhood and her first years working to help Helen Keller
communicate and make sense of a world she could neither see nor hear.
  KilmerMSLibrary | May 20, 2014 |
Summary: The book is about Annie Sullivan and her relationship with Helen Keller. The book flips between Annie's struggles as a child and her struggles trying to teach Helen. It shows the progress and regress as Helen struggles to learn languages. After Helen has her breakthrough, the story shows Annie and Helen as they build a life long friendship.

Personal Reaction: It was very interesting to see how Helen Keller was taught to communicate. I got excited right along with Annie Sullivan as Helen made a major break through.

Classroom Extensions: 1. I think it would be awesome to have a deaf person visit and teach the children some signs. 2. It would also be cool to have a blind person in to teach about brail and answer some questions. ( )
  richardgulick | Nov 19, 2013 |
I love that there is cursive writing when Ann S. is corresponding with her head master at her old school. I have seen the old Helen Keller movie but this graphic interpretation let my imagination relate to the difficulty of Helen being able to grasp that everything has a name. The illustration of Helen being surrounded by the dark was really powerful. I can't help but think of a baby's developing mind and how this biography can explain how language is acquired spontaneously. Truly wonderful book. ( )
  Kathryn_Sommer | Jun 26, 2013 |
Wonderful art and a well researched story. They way the artist depicts Helen's perspective was inventive and really served the story well. Would be a good companion for school curriculum or bio book reports. ( )
  akmargie | Apr 4, 2013 |
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The story of Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller as a graphic novel biography.

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