Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Helen Keller

Helen Keller 

By: Margaret Davidson

Helen Keller was a remarkable women and this is an easy to read biography about her life.  When she was 18 months old she developed a high fever that left her blind and deaf.  Her parents did not know what to do for a long time until Annie Sullivan came to live and teach her when she was young.  Helen was a terrible student at first, throwing temper tantrums out of anger and not understanding what was going on around her.   Annie finally got Helen to trust her and started teaching her to sign in her hand and understand that everything had a name.  From that moment on Helen was an excellent student and had a desire to learn including going to college.  She studied hard with Annie and received her college diploma from Radcliffe College.  

After her diploma she traveled speaking of her struggles and her triumphs. Annie traveled with her until her own death.  Helen did not know how she was going to go on without her but she got the help of another women named Polly Thomson, and although she could not replace what Annie did for her she helped her continue her lectures all over the world.  She even helped and visited soldiers wounded in WWII.  

Helen was remarkable because she did not let her disability stop her from doing anything.  In the book it is quoted that Helen said "Life is an adventure or it is nothing."  She died on June 1, 1968 at the age of 87.  She had lived an adventurous life full of travels, fun, and new things.  

I can not imagine what it would be like to be blind or deaf and Helen overcame both of those learning to live life to it's fullest.  She did not let anything stop her and I believe her story is one that should be read by all children.  Children that are struggling with disabilities or not can learn a valuable lesson from Helen Keller.  I enjoyed reading about her and her life and it amazed me.  In a world where so many children give  an excuse for not learning, Helen can show them that there are no excuses if you want something bad enough.  Nothing can keep you from your dreams if you have determination.  Davidson does a great job of keeping Helen's life simple enough for others to understand and intriguing to children.  

Read about Helen Keller 

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