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Ebook Helen Keller: Rebellious Spirit by Laurie Lawlor read! Book Title: Helen Keller: Rebellious Spirit
The author of the book: Laurie Lawlor
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 6.14 MB
Edition: Holiday House
Date of issue: March 1st 2001
ISBN: 0823415880
ISBN 13: 9780823415885

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Solid and informative (for children above the age of ten or eleven, and anyone who might want a thorough, but not overly detailed introduction to Helen Keller's life), I quite enjoyed this book. The narrative reads easily and is quite engaging (a bit textbook-like perhaps, but full of interesting information, historical details, names etc.). The many black and white photographs of Helen Keller, Annie Sullivan and others (like Alexander Graham Bell and Mark Twain, for example), as well as the numerous photographs of some of Helen Keller's domiciles are an added bonus. Combined with reproductions of newspaper clippings, these photographs do not only provide a pictorial chronology of Helen Keller's life, they also display the fashions and lifestyles of late 19th and early and middle 20th century America.

As much as I generally enjoyed reading this biography, I do wonder at the almost constant negativity of the author towards Helen Keller's teacher, Annie Sullivan. I know that Annie Sullivan was supposedly a rather difficult person with a mercurial temperament (and I also know that she was described as being rather possessive of Helen at times). While I certainly did not expect Laurie Lawlor to portray Annie Sullivan (or even Helen Keller, for that matter) as saintly and inherently good, the fact that so many of the references to Annie Sullivan are both negative and even somewhat judgmental, does leave me wondering whether the author has some kind of personal negative agenda against Helen Keller's teacher. Be that as it may, I still highly recommend Helen Keller: Rebellious Spirit. It is a wonderful introductory biography to a courageous and inspirational woman, a remarkable person who is all too often only known and remembered for her childhood, and the events portrayed in William Gibson's famous play (or the movies based on the play).

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Ebook Helen Keller: Rebellious Spirit read Online! Laurie Lawlor grew up in a family enamored with the theater. Along with her five brothers and sisters she spent summers in a summer stock repertory company in a small mountain town in Colorado that was run by their mother (costumer, cook, accountant, and resident psychiatrist) and their father (artistic director).

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