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!!)