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The final few pages shift to more complex text describing additional dogs owned by Keller throughout her life as well as a summary of her college education, lecture tours and philanthropic work in her later years. This dual structure makes the book suitable both for young children and for older children looking for biographical information for school reports. There was a problem adding your email address.

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Jennifer Thermes Goodreads Author Illustrations. Many know the story of Helen Keller's journey to learn to communicate. And many have heard of Anne Sullivan, the brilliant teacher who helped Helen understand. But have you ever heard about Belle the dog? In this new picture book biography of Helen Keller's early life, readers are introduced to her beloved dog, Belle, who is with Helen every step of the way! Hardcover , 32 pages. Published September 1st by Albert Whitman Company. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Lists with This Book. Dec 03, Dani added it. Biography k-2 grade Theme s: This biography about Helen Keller is unlike most I have read. The book explains how Helen became deaf after she w Title: The book explains how Helen became deaf after she was very sick around the age of one. After a lot of practice, Helen began to speak using her voice. Kirkus Kirkus Reviews, August 1, Vol. The story focuses on Keller's childhood, summarizing her early life in rural Alabama and the arrival in of her teacher, Anne Sullivan. Keller's favorite dog, an Irish setter named Belle, is beside Keller as she learns from her teacher how to communicate with finger spelling.

Teacher and student travel to Boston together, where Keller begins to learn how to speak, and she is able to call her dog to her when they return home to Alabama. This portion of the book is structured in a traditional picture-book format, using limited text and large-format illustrations that will work well for reading aloud to young children. The final few pages shift to more complex text describing additional dogs owned by Keller throughout her life as well as a summary of her college education, lecture tours and philanthropic work in her later years.

This dual structure makes the book suitable both for young children and for older children looking for biographical information for school reports. While Helen Keller's love of dogs isn't an integral part of her personal biography, it's an interesting hook to draw children into the story of this fascinating, inspirational woman.

Ages 4 to Natalie Gurr Children's Literature Helen Keller was born a healthy baby girl, but a devastating disease she suffered in her second year of life left her both blind and deaf. For years, Helen felt alone and afraid. Her dogs became her best friends: Whenever she reached out and felt their soft fur and warm noses, she knew that she was loved and protected.

Anne Sullivan arrived at the Keller household when Helen was six and taught her how to converse using sign language. For the first time, Helen could explain her feelings and desires to others. Belle, Helen s faithful dog, continued to be one of Helen s best friends.

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As Helen learned to communicate, she innocently tried to share her knowledge with Belle. When Belle had puppies, Helen ran to Anne with the news of the dog-babies and was excited to learn the word puppy. Helen s story of perseverance and loving friendship with her dogs is told by Barry in a way that young children will understand.

Sweet illustrations accompany Helen s story of friendship and hope. Parents and teachers can use Helen s story to teach children the importance of never giving up. Ages 5 to 9. Response to Two Professional Reviews: I agree with the Kirkus review that this book would be a wonderful read aloud. It provides large, clear illustrations with concise text on each page. This story of friendship between her dog also is relatable to children who may have a pet who is a part of their family.

Evaluation of Literary Elements: Barry shows how a tragedy can be turned into something truly beautiful in this picture book biography. Portraying tragedy in a manner that is appropriate for children is difficult, but I thought the author and illustrator did a fantastic job in this biography of Helen Keller.

Consideration of Instructional Application: A short sign language lesson could be introduced after reading this book. The class could be exposed to the alphabet in sign language, and then asked to sign their name their partner. Exposure to actually signing would give the students insight into how difficult it would have been for Helen Keller to learn sign language without being able to see the signs.

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This activity would also explain the importance of empathy with others who have a disability that may hinder them in daily life. Aug 11, Abby Johnson rated it liked it Shelves: This is a short and sweet introduction to the life of Helen Keller, told through the lens of the dogs she knew and loved as she was growing up and as she was an adult.

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Although it's not necessarily anything new and the dogs are rather incidental to the narrative, this would be a good choice to introduce young dog lovers to a strong and smart woman from history. Mar 28, Ray rated it liked it Shelves: This book describes, briefly, the life and discovery of Helen Keller. Helen is born in the nineteenth century and is a bright and intelligent child. She then becomes ill in her early childhood and this would go on to leave her both hearing and visually impaired, which inhibits her development of communication skills.

Helen, then becomes acquainted with Anne Sullivan and she begins to teach Helen to communicate using sign language.

Helen Keller's Best Friend Belle

In each lesson Helen learns, she attempts to share with her canin This book describes, briefly, the life and discovery of Helen Keller. In each lesson Helen learns, she attempts to share with her canine companion, however, until she learns more effective means Helen can only share affection. In my opinion, this book has a few layers that can be developed upon, mainly in the understanding of how others may feel without the ability to communicate.

This can also lead to discussions of how to reach goals without limits and the importance of education for everyone. This is a book which can be used in Year 5 or six to discuss some of the book's topics and how we perceive abilities. The illustrations are well drawn and compliment the story, which therefore allows most students to access the text.

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There are also examples of Braille, which can be used as a lesson activity to create small stories or sentences and give a greater insight into living with impairments and how better to communicate. Overall, this is a decent book on an important figure in inclusive rights and is worth a look. To get the most of it, though. You'll have to peel back the layers quite a bit.

Dec 05, Julie Ireland rated it it was amazing. When I was about twelve I read a book about Helen Keller's teacher, which lead to my reading every book I could find about Helen Keller I did not retain the details about her dog, Belle, and I so appreciate learning about such an important companion to Helen. I found this book to be a gentle presentation of Helen's dark and silent world This book presents the relationship Helen had with her When I was about twelve I read a book about Helen Keller's teacher, which lead to my reading every book I could find about Helen Keller This book presents the relationship Helen had with her dog Belle beautifully.

I learned that Helen found comfort and safety with Belle, that Belle was at Helen's side often when she was young, that she was with her when Helen had her breakthrough understanding of spelling in sign, and that Helen tried to sign words to Belle so that they could communicate. I came away from the book with "information", yes, but also with a clear "feeling" of Helen's relationship to her dog