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Miss Spitfire by Sarah  Miller
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May 18, 2009

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bookshelves: historical-fiction, young-adult-lit
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Sarah Miller is a good, descriptive writer, one who really brings the struggle of teaching Helen Keller to life. I was surprised to read how little control Helen's parents had over Helen's behavior before Anne Sullivan came into their home. Because Helen's parents had felt sorry for Helen's condition and did not discipline her, it took over a month for Anne to make much progress with Helen. Little by little, Anne taught Helen self control, some etiquette, and how to recognize the words for objects that she touched. It was Anne's persistence as Helen's teacher that opened Helen's mind to the world of words. The author includes an informative Afterword as well as a Chronology, pictures, web sites, videos, and books for further reading.

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