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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller - Sarah Miller

If you haven't read a book about Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan before, I think this is a good book to read to learn about them. It's interesting and thought provoking. How does one learn, and what is it that makes things click?

I, however, read this hoping to find a different sort of story about Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan because this was not my first Helen Keller story. But while it was well done, I found it to be the same story I already knew with little additional information, so for me it was just an okay story.

It was interesting that it was told from the point of view of Annie, and I thought the author did a pretty good job of getting inside her head. I was a little disturbed, as a teacher, by her methods, but she had no training and was just trying the best she could, and, in the end, it worked and worked out...but I still wish she'd had some other strategies to use.

This book is available at the WOMS library, although I think you'll have to put it on hold because I'm pretty sure it's checked out.

1 comment:

Ms. Yingling said...

I've been amazed at the number of students who don't know Keller's story. Since it's shiny and new, it's gone out a lot, and it has made some students intested in other work on Keller and Sullivan, so it's still a good bet to buy.