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Louis Braille: The Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  348 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
A poignant story of the man who developed the Braille system of printing for the blind.
Library Binding, 80 pages
Published January 1st 1971 by Turtleback Books
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Sep 07, 2012 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book during primary school, remembered loving it and now it's on the list for my daughters to read, love that books go full circle. Think it's time to re read after glancing at other reviews.
I read this for Willa's book club and found it to be much more fun than I thought it would be. There is a certain value in reading a book that the authors have made an effort to write in clear and simple terms for an audience of children. And many biographies may be better that way anyway. I'm much more interested in the quick take of Louis Braille than the academic delving of historians that care too much about minutiae.
Mar 14, 2009 Sandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very short book telling about the extraordinary and short life of Louis Braille, the developer of the reading system for the blind. He came up with the ultimate in finger pad reading at the age of 15 much to the chagrin of all the adults around him. Inspiring story.
Daniel L.
An Eye Opening Book on a Boy Who Taught the World a New Way to See

Having read several of Margaret Davidson's books, I admit I have a certain brand loyalty, an admiration for her writing. I heartily recommend anything by Ms. Davidson, and this little book is no exception. As with her biography on Thomas A. Edison, the subject of this book had to overcome great obstacles. As Ms. Davidson points out, the blind (and the deaf, for that matter) were often not considered able to be taught. Young Louis
Jun 18, 2011 Natasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really awesome book. Very short and meant for elementary school students, it glosses over Louis Braille's life quickly, but easily understandable. I think the best part of this book is the back cover has the braille alphabet punched out next to the actual printed alphabet.

I really want to find a more in depth book, but this was a fantastic start. I am 21 and enjoyed this book. I recommend it for anyone who wants to learn a little more about the origins of the Braille alphabet. Read in 30 minutes
Oct 26, 2015 Achraf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Louis Braille
By: Achraf
The heartbreaking non-fiction book, “Louis Braille,” is a wonderful piece of writing written by the gifted author Margaret Davidson. To begin with, this marvelous book mainly focuses on how Louis Braille used his perseverance to learn and work hard until his big achievement. As a matter of fact, Louis was a young three year old that lived in Coupvray, France. He was able to see everything around him from the beautiful sky to the humming birds. However, when he was five, a
Tonya Nelson
May 05, 2014 Tonya Nelson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
Summary: This book tells about the life of a boy who became blind by the age of three, Louis Braille. He went to school, was determined to learn rather than just rely on his memory, and wanted to be like everyone else as much as possible. Most of his disabled counterparts were outcasts, but Louis was determined to read and learn even though he was blind. He eventually invented the raised dot alphabet, or Braille. Even though Louis was blind, he found a way to experience and make the most out of ...more
I loved learning more about Louis Braille (what an amazing child!), and can't wait to share his story with my kids. What a great reminder that nothing is impossible, and that you can do anything that you want to, even if you are young, at a disadvantage socially/physically, or with whatever your circumstances throw at you.
Dec 11, 2015 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While reading this to the kids (a chapter a day for school), I had to sneak ahead and keep reading until I had finished! It's simple enough for younger readers (7-10) to read silently, but considering the traumatic beginning as it describes the cause of Louis' blindness, I do think it's one best read aloud, for discussion and the comfort of the young listeners.

Aside from one unnecessary suicidal lament ("'Sometimes I think I'll kill myself if I don't succeed,'" as quoted on pg. 45), this was a g
Feb 21, 2016 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
When I first learned the braille alphabet, it was out of adversity: I had recently discovered that my daughter Megan was losing her eyesight due to Ritinitis Pigmentosa. This experience wasn't a new to me.... I had previously reacted to the shock of learning of her deafness by teaching myself the alphabet of ASL, American Sign Language.

So, it was about time I learned about the life of the Braille and the writing system my daughter now knows. I can never aspire to her ability in ASL and Braille,
Oct 13, 2011 Jadalynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
This is a biography for intermediate readers. This book is about Louis Braille, in case you couldn’t tell from the title. When he was about 15 years old he came up with a way for blind people to read, the system he invented is now called Braille. Louis was blind and he wanted to read, but the only way for blind people to read in those days was raised print. Just because he could feel the letters doesn’t mean he could read well. Too many letters were hard to tell apart and so he decided to come u ...more
This biography is an inspirational story. This young boy wanted to learn to read books so badly that he worked tirelessly to develop a way for blind people to do that. Once he developed his raised dot alphabet, he had such a hard time getting people to accept it. Then he got sick with tuberculosis, and he still worked hard as a teacher and created books for blind people to read. Kids will be able to appreciate what Louis Braille accomplished and relate that to challenges of their own.
Mar 25, 2014 Virginia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A remarkable young man! Never knew much about him but this book gave a little bit of an insight about his life. Of course it is a children's books. It wasn't bogged down with details and it went straight to the point. I liked that. A very good book for a children who are progressing in their reading journey! :)
Jul 10, 2011 Will rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i like Louis Braille because it brought me knowledge about someone i didnt know and would love to know more about. i think it is amazing that a fifth-teen year old boy could succeed where many great man have failed. with the new alphabet that he made i find it hard for so many people to turn down his great invention with out having the full understanding of if it works, how it works, and whether or not they can actually use it and start to print books for the blind. through hard work and patienc ...more
Lisa Tortorello
Feb 27, 2013 Lisa Tortorello rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This Scholastic biography is a simple read that will give young people a good understanding of who Louis Braille was and the great contribution he made to help the blind be able to read books.

I learned many interesting facts about Louis Braille, the first of which was that he was not born blind. The most impressive part of his story was his dedication to the idea of finding a way to help blind people read...not just short texts, or school books, but to be able to enjoy a variety of reading. Lou
Jane Gehr
Feb 23, 2014 Jane Gehr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An old Scholastic edition that I got as a kid, found it tucked away on a shelf. I loved this book then and love it now, mostly because it has the Braille alphabet stamped on the back cover.
Emma Filbrun
Sep 30, 2015 Emma Filbrun rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Louis Braille is a short, simple, though in-depth book written for young children about Louis Braille. When young Louis was only three years old, he disobeyed his father and used a sharp awl. It slipped and hit his eye, and soon both eyes were infected. Several years later, he had the opportunity to go to a school for the blind in Paris, and was excited to finally be able to learn to read. What a disappointment to find that the only books available for him were a very few with raised letters, wh ...more
Mrs. Preziosi
Feb 05, 2014 Mrs. Preziosi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just read this book on this cozy snow day and loved it! If you are hanging out doing nothing today, pick up a good book!
You could also work on your writing!
Sep 19, 2015 Mickael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un de mes livres favoris étant gamins. Je l'empruntais toujours à la bibliothèque pour le lire encore et toujours.
Jun 07, 2013 Jose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Louis Braille" recounts the story behind the creation of the Braille alphabet for the blind. The book starts with the story of Louis and how he became blind. The author uses foreshadowing of an accident when Louis promises not to touch his father's tools with, "But promises are hard to keep" that made an impression on me. The book goes on to detail his studies which were unheard of for anyone with his disability. His development of an alphabet allowed him to continue is studies but when he trie ...more
Apr 10, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a simple but engaging read. It has a good balance of facts and feelings.
Sometimes i think we are just parasites that live on what others produce.
Feb 07, 2015 Noelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written for the young set. I finally got around to finishing it ten years after I started. It fits with the 2015 Book Challenge, though!
Feb 26, 2011 Yzobelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll never forget the story of Braille. I must have memorized all the details already. ... Very nice! Very inspiring. It would be a shame for any normal person to be apathetic towards life. With this impairment of Braile and his being proactive is a wake up call for us who wait for the rest of the world to solve even the tiniest and most insignificant problem.
Linda Johnson
Feb 07, 2013 Linda Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well-written biography, this book follows the life of Louis Braille and tells the story of how Braille, writing for the blind, came to be. It demonstrates the importance of perseverance and confidence as well as overcoming obstacles. I really enjoyed this story and if you are looking for an easy biography, this is a very good read.
May 14, 2011 Casi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such an inspiring story! It is about Louis Braille's life. He invented Braille as a way for blind people to read and communicate. I loved that he accomplished his dream against all odds. He kept hearing no, but he didn't let that stop him and he proved so many people wrong!
This was another book order book. This was another book that I read over and over again. I still get the awful horrible cringing feeling whenever I remember Louis using that sharp tool (was it an awl?) and it slipping and stabbing him in the eye. GROSS! Poor kid.
Aug 10, 2012 Mary-Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Fascinating true story of a Louis who became blind through accident and infection as a child and who later developed the Braille system in spite of opposition from his teachers and superiors. Excellent read for young and old.
Aug 19, 2011 Simon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A young boy invented a way for the blind to read at the age of 15. A very good non fiction biography. He was blind himself and he really wanted to read. It made me think about the world in a different way-
Nov 13, 2012 Melainebooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un très bon roman pour nous expliquer qui était Louis Braille, comment il inventa son alphabet et combien il lutta toute sa vie pour voir reconnaître cet alphabet pratique pour les aveugles.
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Margaret Davidson grew up in New York City. As a child, she always loved to read.

She has written many biographies, true stories about people's lives. Some famous people she has written biographies about are Helen Keller, Annie Sullivan, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Golda Meir.
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