Editorial Review

A noteworthy review of Nonfiction Readers: Level 2 from Children's Literature on January 1, 2002

Wonderbooks, published by The Child’s World, Inc., has a much-needed low level nonfiction series. The series in Level 2 include such titles as Charles Schulz, Rosa Parks, and Jackie Robinson. Helen Keller is also in this series. The story of Helen Keller is an outstanding example of a person who conquered several physical handicaps. She was born normal in Alabama on June 27, 1880. Before she was two she became very ill and was no longer able to see, hear or speak. From then on she lived in a frustrating world where she could not communicated with others. Her parents tried to help her and a doctor recommended she go to a special teacher. Her name was Annie Sullivan. She came to live with Helen and devoted her life to help Helen overcome her disabilities. She taught her a special way to speak by touching Helen’s hand and spelling words on them. The first word she learned was ‘water.’ Helen grew up with Annie close by her side interpreting for her. Helen was a very bright person and soon learned quickly. After studying very hard she was able to graduate from college, write books and give speeches. Her good teacher and friend, Annie, died, and a new helper entered Helen’s life. Her name was Polly Thompson. Helen lived a long life enduring her handicaps. She died in 1968 at the age of 87 and is honored for her bravery. Excellent full-page photographs depict various aspects of Keller’s life. An index, web site and other suggested books are included.

—Donna Nelson

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