[nobe-l] NBP-Announce Helen Keller: The World in Her Heart - November Book Club Selection

Tony Grima agrima at nbp.org
Thu Nov 6 05:53:49 UTC 2008

November 2008 Book Club Selection
Helen Keller: The World in Her Heart
By Lesa Cline-Ransome
Print/braille edition, $16.99
Ages 4-8

Young Helen Keller cannot hear, see or speak, but she knows the scent of
vanilla cake coming out of the oven, the feel of her mother's fancy silk
dress and that the dog is tense because the horses are outside. A brief
flashback explains the illness that left Helen deaf and blind, and the
subsequent lack of communication that rendered her a wild and
unmanageable child. Then the story transitions to the moment when
teacher Annie Sullivan enters her life and expects something more from
her: an ability to learn. Told from Helen's point of view, the book
takes readers from her dislike of this demanding stranger who
continuously traces shapes in her palm, to her revelatory moment by the
water pump, and finally to the realization that "Teacher" loves her.

This evocative portrait reminds us that there are many ways to
experience the world through the senses - but the most important things
in life are savored within the heart.

"An excellent, accessible introduction to a fascinating woman." - School
Library Journal

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