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Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille

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An inspiring picture-book biography of Louis Braillea blind boy so determined to read that he invented his own alphabet.
Louis Braille was just five years old when he lost his sight. He was a clever boy, determined to live like everyone else, and what he wanted more than anything was to be able to read.
Even at the school for the blind in Paris, there were no books
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Aug 08, 2016 added it
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Why is there no braille in a book about Braille? It was the first thing I felt for and there was none anywhere. Cannot recommend for that sole reason.
Sep 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
WHY WASN'T THE BOOK ALSO WRITTEN IN BRAILLE? Seriously. The Braille alphabet is printed on the front and back covers BUT IT'S NOT IN RAISED BRAILLE.
Mississippi Library Commission
We see braille dots everywhere we go and, for many of us, never think about where they originated. In the history of these little dots, though, Bryant has found an intriguing story about their creator, Louis Braille, and his desire to create a good way for blind people to read. Our favorite part of this picture book biography was Braille's intense drive to make reading, books, and knowledge accessible to everyone, including people with visual impairments like himself. Kulikov's illustrations, ...more
Dee Dee G
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This a great book for children to understand how blind children read. When I was in middle school (Im 44) my friend was blind. Whenever our teacher called on her to read some kids in class would say out loud... how is she supposed to read??? No matter how many times they heard and saw her read Braille. I wish this book was around then to educate my classmates. ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Louis Braille lost his eyesight as a child. He was horrified to learn that the only books available to the blind were terribly short because of the size necessary of the text read by touch. He came up with a new, simple system. Six Dots is the beautiful picture book story of his Braille's life, with clever illustrations that help share what it might be like to be unable to see.
Mary Ann
I'm very torn by this book. On one hand, its informative and inspiring. On the other hand, I'm deeply bothered by the fact that the Braille is presented visually and not raised.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
How sad that Louis lost his eyesight at such a tender age in an accident that could have been easily prevented! Luckily, he was smart enough to develop coping mechanisms, grew up lively and inquisitive.

The story is told by Louis himself, who describes what it was like for him to be blind. Those pages are always illustrated in black. He wanted so badly to read, and tried to devise a method. Everywhere he went to school, he asked for books for the blind, and was disappointed until he was sent to
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book speak about journey of Louis Braille and his deep yearning for book and his love for reading and writing .
He dreamt of books for blind people and he finally achieved it .
He made brilliant innovation of Braille system in a young age after long struggle
Which gave light to million of people in the world

We the blind, are as indebted to Louis Braille
as mankind to Gutenberg -Helen Keller.
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book, which tells the story of Louis Braille, begins by showing the Braille Alphabet on the end papers, followed by a pronunciation guide for the French names and phrases that appear in the ensuing text.

The story came out of the authors curiosity over what it would have been like to have been Louis Braille, the blind inventor of a system of reading and writing for the sight-impaired still in use today.

Louis went blind when he was three years old following an accident in his fathers harness
A very readable and engaging picturebook biography told in the first person. As emphasized by Bryant herself, Six Dots not only tells Louis Braille's story but it also attempts to convey what it FELT like to be Louis Braille. The book definitely succeeds in accomplishing this goal, but not without the help of Kulikov's illustrations, which are both descriptive and expressive:

I also appreciate the additional information about Braille in the back matter (in a very accessible Q&A format) and
Luisa Knight
A simple story about how Louis Braille became blind as a child (unfortunately because he didn't obey his father) and later worked to make reading available to the blind.

Ages: 4 - 8

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Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adults
Louis Braille (January 4, 1809January 6, 1852), who lost his eyesight at the age of three due to an infection following an accident at his fathers workshop, went on to invent the braille reading and writing system, which forever changed the lives of the blind and the visually impaired. After his groundbreaking invention, he continued to work tirelessly, developing implementations of braille in mathematics and music, co-creating a precursor of the dot-matrix printing machine, and mastering the ...more
Lydia Stocks
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wow-books
Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille is an excellent biography of the childhood and adolescence of the inventor of the Braille writing system. I would use this book as a read aloud in grades 3 or 4. The book is informative, yet captivating, and would spark many group discussions.
In my classroom, I would use this book to help students gain a new perspective on their peers who are a part of the blind community or have difficulties seeing. This book really welcomed the reader in to Louis's
Louis Braille was in an accident, causing him to lose his eyesight. He desperately wanted to learn to read but books just weren't available. When he hears of a school where they have books for the blind, he begs his family to send him there. The school was largely a disappointment...there's little food, the lessons still require him to just listen and memorize, and the few books they have are too simple for him to really learn much. But one day, the headmaster shows them a code that the military ...more
I have to give credit to the county system for being sensible about the book jackets. Both ends were left loose, so we could read the braille message and alphabet on the end pages. The City has been gluing at least one page down. Bryant had an author note stating that she had wanted to do another book on Braille after her YA Bio of him focusing on his emotions about being blind. I'd say she succeeded. I read it very quickly since I wanted to turn it right back into the library, so I can't refer ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Bryant, Jen Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille Illustrated by Boris Kulikov PICTURE BOOK Alfred A. Knopf, 2016. $17.99 Content: G.

When Louis was five years old, he had an accident that made him blind in one eye. An infection spread to his other eye, rendering him completely blind. Louis was an intelligent boy who hungered for reading and writing. When he couldnt find any satisfying solutions for his need for knowledge, he begged his family to let him go away to school. While at the Royal
Mr. T.J.
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
How was it like to BE Louis Braille as a young person who wanted to read and write? I think the author and illustrator team of Jen Bryant and Boris Kulikov achieved that in this collaboration. I could feel Louis Braille's struggle and passion to read. His emotion came across.

As a teacher, I hope to find read alouds that inform and most hopefully inspire my young students, a book that is a discussion springboard about perseverance and hope. I believe this picture book can do that, inform and
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I'm already a fan of Jen Bryant from River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams. She captures that elusive child entry point for nonfiction child readers. In this book, it is a brave first person telling of a very personal yet important story that resulted in the momentous invention of the Braille for the blind.

In addition to being an accomplished researcher and writer, she seems to be blessed with amazing illustrators who are able to capture the unwritten essence of the real
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
First sentence: On the day I was born, Papa announced me to the village: "Here is my son Loo-Wee!"

Premise/plot: Six Dots is a picture book biography of Louis Braille. It is probably best for older readers because there is a lot of text.

Here's one of my favorite quotes, "I didn't want people to feel sorry for me. I just wanted to read and to write on my own, like everyone else."

The end papers include the braille alphabet, just not in braille. (It would have been great fun if the braille
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it
I was always curious of how the braille alphabet was created and how blind people used their hands to read the tiny dots. This book talks about Louis Braille, the inventor of the braille alphabet who at a young age lost his sight. The illustrator, Boris Kulikov, does a wonderful job portraying how Louis would imagine his surrounding using dark colors. His motivation to read and write like the other children lead him to the Royal School for the Blind. Despite the strict living conditions, Louis ...more
Cris Ingram
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm amazed sometimes at what I can learn from children's books. I learned that Louis Braille, the inventor of the Braille language, actually was born with sight, hurt himself with his father's tool, then got infection in the other eye and that's what caused him to go blind. Everything went black in his vision world. He wanted to read so badly, they had books with big huge letters to feel, but it took so long to read one sentence and the stories weren't that long. Then there was the code he got ...more
Fascinating read about the life of Louis Braille, the systems already in place for blind readers during his lifetime, and the revolutionary braille method he created. I hadn't given it much thought before, but there were systems already being used so that blind people could read way back when, but they were ludicrously complicated and cumbersome. Bryant did a great job of capturing Braille's yearning to read, his disappointment when he finally learned how, and his determination to make things ...more
Allison Blake
Louis Braille was just five years old when he lost his sight. He was a clever boy, determined to live like everyone, and what he wanted more than anything was to be able to read. His preservation and persistence is what brought him to invent his own alphabet, one that could be read by touch. This system he created is so ingenious that it is still used by the blind community today. Six Dots - A Story of Young Louis Braille is a great nonfiction picture book intended for readers age 4 to 8. I ...more
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really interesting details here. Knowing that Louis Braille was the inventor of the Braille alphabet, and that he lost his sight young is pretty common. Learning how young, and how, and how dominoes and a military code helped inspire his solution was pretty fascinating.

The Braille alphabet is shown in the book, but everything is flat so it cannot be felt. That did not seem like a lost opportunity until I read some other reviews, and I can imagine it as a printing issue, but that would have moved
Lovely watercolour illustrations here, and interesting history! For some reason I always pictured prosperous, middle class Louis Braille inventing his alphabet in his office at age 30. NOPE. He invented it based on a battlefield code as a TEENAGER at the School for the Blind. And it was fast enough to read and to write that he could transcribe a book as it was read aloud!
Wow!!! I had no idea that this is how Louis Braille invented Braille! He had such a wonderful family to still care for him and seek the best for him after his accident. What an amazing story and triumph. Teenagers can do amazing things! Read for Info Books for Youth for grad school.
Lauren Waters
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I learned about the life of Louis Braille and his incredible drive to contribute to the world in a profound way at such a young age. This story proves that young people can make a difference and that the ability to communicate through reading and writing is powerful.
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
In the author's note she says that previous biographies (including one she wrote herself!) didn't really try to imagine what it would *feel* like to be Louis Braille, and she's done a powerful job of that here. Real empathy is so important if you want kids to embrace your heroes :).
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a great explanation of how Louis Braille created the Braille we use today. It's a longer story, but an excellent read for children who desire to learn more about the world around them and how language can be transmitted in many different kinds of ways.
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
While it means it's not the strictest of nonfiction, writing Six Dots in first person makes it much more immediate. I guess I never realized that he was so young and had so little support when he came up with the Braille alphabet. And that he lost his sight due to an accident! How awful.
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Jen Bryant (Jennifer Fisher Bryant) writes picture books, novels and poems for readers of all ages. Her biographical picture book: A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, illustrated by Melissa Sweet,received a Caldecott Honor award and her historical novel in verse RINGSIDE 1925: Views from the Scopes Trial is an Oprah Recommended Book for ages 12 & up. Other titles include ...more

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