Describes how a woman left blind and deaf from a childhood illness overcame her handicaps to become a noted writer and humanitarian.
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Grade 5-8 Although there are numerous biographies of Helen Keller still in print, including her autobiography, The Story of My Life (Doubleday, 1954), this new one succinctly covers the highlights of her life, including a number of quotes from her writings and from those who knew her. (The negative remarks made by George Bernard Shaw in 1932 are particularly interesting.) These quotes enliven the book, which reads easily. It is more complete than Graff's Helen Keller (Dell, 1966) and Hunter's Helen Keller (Bookwright, 1986). It compares closest to The Helen Keller Story (Crowell, 1959) by Peare, but is a briefer and more scholarly study with less dialogue and no fictionalizing. The book is illustrated with numerous photographs from the American Foundation for the Blind and other sources. It is worth purchasing, if only for the photographs and to add new material on Helen Keller to biography sections. Margaret C. Howell, Cameron Elementary Sch . , Fairfax County, Va.
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