|Doreen Rappaport. Matt Tavares, illus|
|Pages/Publication Date:||42 / 2012|
The team behind Lady Liberty: A Biography and Jack's Path of Courage returns with this book about Helen Keller for 5- to 8-year-olds. Blind, deaf, and unable to speak from toddlerhood, young Helen lived in a dark, silent world; even so, she wanted to experience every part of her life and with the help of an unrivaled teacher, Annie Sullivan, Helen found that knowledge would lead to freedom. Using quotations by this inspiring figure, Doreen Rappaport brings to life Helen's poignant narrative, while Parents' Choice Gold Awardwinning illustrator Matt Tavares's large paintings—rendered in watercolor, pencil, and gouache—are presented on one-and-a-half- or two-page spreads.
"The full images, without borders, invite children into Helen's world, while showing how big it truly became. The opening endpaper showcases the pivotal 'water' moment, with teacher Annie Sullivan's and the child's hands accompanied by the quotation, 'We do not think with eyes and ears, and our capacity for thought is not measured by five senses.' The narrative begins at Keller's childhood home, but expands out to describe her experiences at college, with public speaking, and in championing social causes. A series of excerpts from letters demonstrates her growing proficiency in writing. A dramatic spread shows the pupil and teacher in a boat, majestically cresting a wave, emphasizing what the youngster does experience more than what she does not. While there are many books available about Helen Keller for this age group, this title offers a unique and beautiful perspective on her life."—School Library Journal