HELEN'S BIG WORLD by Doreen Rappaport

HELEN'S BIG WORLD

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Age Range: 6 - 10

KIRKUS REVIEW

Helen Keller’s transcendent leap across the barriers of her blindness and deafness continues to inspire.

Rappaport recounts the well-known events of Helen's childhood—the illness that left her blind and deaf as a toddler, her wild willfulness and the advent of Annie Sullivan's companionship and tutelage with liberating results. The wide and tall trim size of this work allows Tavares’ full, close-up, edge-to-edge paintings to bring readers into the story and helps convey Helen’s passion, energy and delight as she defeats her limitations. Generous white space given to the text and the large font for Helen’s own words in every spread invites readers to come close to the subject, to understand Helen’s thrill at learning about the world and to taste some of her intense purpose and passion. What Rappaport adds to the familiar story about Keller is that this determined woman was never inclined to be pigeonholed. Keller continued to hunger after information, to learn about the world and to talk about it: “She spoke against war…and for the right of women to vote and for justice for black Americans.” Rappaport reveals that Keller had her critics, but once given a voice, she used it. There, one begins to realize, is the real story of Keller’s impressive life.

A magisterial account. (author's & illustrator's notes, timeline, sources) (Picture books/biography. 6-10)

 

 

Pub Date: Oct. 16th, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-7868-0890-8
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2012




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