24 August 2010

Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller - Sarah Miller

Annie Sullivan travels to Alabama to try and teach Helen Keller, deaf and blind since age two, self-discipline and communication skills. Includes historical notes, photographs, and a timeline.

7 Sept 2010
Do you know what I learned from reading Barbara O'Connor's blog? That she and Sarah Miller, author of Miss Spitfire, are friends. I imagine the two of them calling each other to ask each other writing questions.
I have always been intrigued by Helen Keller. I think I watched a TV show when I was little where Melissa Gilbert, who played Laura Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie, was either Helen Keller or Annie Sullivan. Either way, I enjoyed this book since it was told from Annie Sullivan's viewpoint. It included excerpts from letters she wrote to friends and family, and didn't paint the rosiest of pictures - she had a TOUGH job! I'm being honest when I say this book is a great read.
Are you familiar with either Annie Sullivan or Helen Keller? What do you know about either woman?

26 Sept 2010
I had to include a comment here for everyone to see. (Don't forget to read the comments!)
I loved this book! The stories that I read and watched (I saw that same tv movie!), made Annie Sullivan's job seem so easy and heroic... like she just walked into the Keller house and instantly saved Helen. I don't know many women who would have taken that kind of abuse from a little girl. But imagine being Helen and not being able to see or hear? So scary. Annie Sullivan is a true inspiration for courage and perseverance! (Wait until you get to the scene where Helen eats dinner!!)
Mrs. Butcher
Lemme Librarian

4 comments:

Lemme Elementary School said...

I loved this book! The stories that I read and watched (I saw that same tv movie!), made Annie Sullivan's job seem so easy and heroic... like she just walked into the Keller house and instantly saved Helen. I don't know many women who would have taken that kind of abuse from a little girl. But imagine being Helen and not being able to see or hear? So scary. Annie Sullivan is a true inspiration for courage and perseverance! (Wait until you get to the scene where Helen eats dinner!!)
Mrs. Butcher
Lemme Librarian

CORALVILLE CENTRAL LIBRARY said...

There was one thing in particular that Annie Sullivan did to Helen Keller that I wasn't sure I agreed with. Not that I wouldn't have done the same thing, but it was sort of hard to read. Did anyone else find this part?

Anonymous said...

I think this book was ok, but it was really boring at first. I felt really sorry for Helen because her family knew she was so smart... but Helen had no way to show it. After reading this I started craving cake. (Read to see why...)

CORALVILLE CENTRAL LIBRARY said...

Ummm...I read this book, but I can't remember cake. I guess I'll have to reread it! What a great comment, Anonymous.
Ms. R.