Sunday, August 26, 2012

Annie and Helen by Deborah Hopkinson & Raúl Colón

Annie and Helen
Author: Deborah Hopkinson
Publication: September 11, 2012
By: Schwartz & Wade
5 Stars!

Author Deborah Hopkinson and illustrator Raul Colón present the story of Helen Keller in a fresh and original way that is perfect for young children. Focusing on the relationship between Helen and her teacher, Annie Sullivan, the book is interspersed with excerpts of Annie's letters home, written as she struggled with her angry, wild pupil. But slowly, with devotion and determination, Annie teaches Helen finger spelling and braille, letters, and sentences. As Helen comes to understand language and starts to communicate, she connects for the first time with her family and the world around her. The lyrical text and exquisite art will make this fascinating story a favorite with young readers.

Thank you to Random House for sending me this for review.  My first impression of this book is that it's beautiful!  The illustrations are warm and inviting and really bring the story to life. This book tells about Helen Keller's life from Anne Sullivan's POV and features some of her very own letters. 

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