43. Helen Keller: A Determined Life

Helen Keller: A Determined Life by Elizabeth MacLeod (Canada) - (US)

Pages: 32 pages
Ages: 8+
Finished: Mar. 10, 2010
First Published: 2004
Genre: children, biography
Rating: 5/5

First sentence:

Imagine not being able to communicate with anyone.

Acquired: Bought and own a copy.

Reason for Reading: Read aloud to my son as part of our history curriculum.

Comments: This book, another in the Snapshots series, was much more satisfying for us than the previous one we read on Alexander Graham Bell. A brief biography that includes both Helen's personal life and accomplishments from birth to death. Each "chapter" is a two page spread with the left hand page containing the text and the right hand page profusely illustrated with photographs, memorabilia and artifacts. These pictures also show up in the left-hand margin of the left page. The illustrations with captions either illustrate the text or provide more information on the topic under discussion. Though the book is brief in length it amazingly contains a lot of information covering details of her 80 plus years especially recognizing the work she accomplished for the deaf and blind. A very satisfying, interesting book that my son enjoyed very much. We will now be following it up with watching the movie "The Miracle Worker".


  1. My girls and I enjoyed a HK biography last year. This sounds similar to the book I purchased (but have yet to read) when we visited her birthplace. Here's a link to my review if you're interested--->



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