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Who Was Helen Keller?

(Who Was/Is...?)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  1,710 ratings  ·  215 reviews
At age two, Helen Keller became deaf and blind. She lived in a world of silence and darkness and she spent the rest of her life struggling to break through it.

With the help of teacher Annie Sullivan, Helen learned to read, write, and do many amazing things. This inspiring illustrated biography is perfect for young middle-grade readers.

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Paperback, 107 pages
Published August 25th 2003 by Grosset & Dunlap (first published August 1st 2003)
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Montzalee Wittmann
Never a dull story

Told in a wonderful way that gives great insight into the personal lives of Helen and Annie. Good book to show what they both went through.
Luke Ewell
Jun 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Helen Keller had lots of tantrums as a kid. She became sick at two and as a result she couldn't see or hear and she didn't know how to speak because she was so young when it happened. She became famous for learning how to read and write.
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
i thought that this book was beyoned amaizing and i think if those of you who are interested in helen keller and want to know about her i would say to read this book
Allison DeMeo
Personal Reaction: I liked how they made it into a chapter book. It made it more interesting for a younger student to read because it wasn't just facts about this persons life. They told the whole story and even had pictures!

Read Aloud- As a teacher I would read this book out loud when we learned about Helen Keller in the classroom. Expressing who Helen Keller was the students is important. This shows them perseverance. This book would be easy for them to follow if someone was reading ou
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
It was really good. I thought it was really good because it shows blind and deaf people aren't just people would try . Hellen Keller kept trying to read write and try to talk.
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book as very informative about Helen Keller and Annie. I am most llikely going to read one of Helen's books in the future. I am really interested in Helen Keller and howshe survived.
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
She is amazing and has proven to the world.
Bailey Turner
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Helen Keller was a very good book because she did something that nobody would have thought that she could have done and she inspired very many people if they were blind or could not hear or both like Helen Keller and she went through a lot of hard times but she got through all of those times.
Elsa R
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. It was amazing for non-fiction! If you want to start reading some non-fiction books I would totally recommend this book to you. This series is better than any non-fiction books I've read. Helen Keller was a blind and deaf girl who turned out to be an author and world traveler.
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As mentioned in a previous post, my daughter and I (and now hub) are addicted to the Who Was/Is? series of young reader books. This past weekend while frozen in we read Gare Thompson's Who Was Helen Keller?, illustrated by Nancy Harrison. I knew Keller was deaf and blind and that a devoted teacher, Annie Sullivan, was able, after much perseverance, to open the world to Keller. Yet, I had no idea of the numerous obstacles Sullivan and Keller conquered together until Sullivan's death in 1936 as we ...more
Madison Hays
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Who Was Helen Keller, written by Gare Thompson, is a non-fiction chapter book that provides insight into the life of Helen Keller. Imagine being blind. It would be tough, wouldn’t it? Now…. Imagine being blind AND deaf. This is how Helen Keller lived her life. She was in complete silence and darkness. She struggled for a very long time to try and live a normal life but she could not do it without the help of her teacher Annie Sullivan. This story shows you how Helen Keller came to read, write, a ...more
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: school
This is a biography about Helen keller starting at the age of two when she went death and blind from an illness. In time Helen had learned to communicate on her own through sighn language and her family adapted to it, but she also became hard to handle. Her father was cosidering putting her away but the teaching of Annie saved her from that. Annie had been a girl attending the school for the blind and first was clueless how to teach helen. Helen would throw tantrums and Annie had to keep trying. ...more
Haruna Saka
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Ellyse Hampshire
Feb 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-5-literature
Helen Keller has always interested me because of her remarkable progress and journey from complete disaster to a composed woman who greatly contributed to society. I've read several books on her, but I choose this particular one because of the "Who Was" series, and it's accessible format.
I really appreciated how the book used very thoughtful accounts of Keller's journey, and how the book stuck to the facts. I also love how this series incorporates relevant topics in the sidebars to help student
Yuki Kodama
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read this book about 70 minutes.

At age two, Helen Keller became deaf and blind. She lived in a world of silence and darkness and she spent the rest of her life struggling to break through it. But with the help of teacher Annie Sullivan, Helen learned to read, write, and do many amazing things. This inspiring illustrated biography is perfect for young middle-grade readers. Black-and-white line drawings throughout, sidebars on related topics such as Louis Braille, a timeline, and a bibliography
Yuka Honda
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Title-Who Was Helen Keller?
7words-smart,fever,deaf-blind,touch,Annie,Perkins School,famous
Discussion Question-
1. Q. She could not see,hear and speak. If you are deaf and blind, what do you feel?
A. If I'm a deaf and blind, I will lost power to live.
2. Q. What do you think how does she communicate with other people?
A. According to this book, she learned manual alphabet. She understood many words by touching her hands,finger and lip.

When I went to Boston, I met deaf and bl
Marshele P
Dec 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
The book Who was Helen Keller is about an amazing outstanding womaan, who lost her sight and hearing after becoming very ill. Losing teo out of her 5 senses made life every difficult but she never gave up and went on to succed in life. She learned to read brail even without hearing and learned to see without seeing. She went on in life to win many prizes and awards. She did not die unknown. Overall this book is an inspiratioin, because it shows you that you can do anything even with a disabillit ...more
Mayumi Inoko
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
1. Grosset & Dunlap; Who was...?; Level 3.4
2. Time ~7/10 = 94 min.
3. 7 word summary; sick - deaf - blind - Annie - water - happy - Radcliffe
4. If you had been born as a blind and deaf child, what would you have thought about ?
-In the case, I am not sure that I can live smoothly because I depend on my sight and hearing considerably now. In Helen's case, she could meet Anne fortunately and she changed Helen's life. I think I feel lonely if I could not hear and see.
5. I have known her story rou
Susan Banner
Jul 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2014
The book is reasonably well written, though, already a bit dated in the use of politically correct terminology. In the defense of the author, it is difficult to stay current. However, I appreciated the treatment of Helen Keller as a woman with drive and intelligence, determined to succeed. References to her family and their choices for the success of their child are well done. I think some of the mystique of deaf blindness is lifted by this book.

On a side note, my grandchildren find the bobble h
Inaba Rina
Nov 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
-Time 11/06=20 minutes:11/07=20 minutes:11/08=15 minutes:11/10=15 minutes
-7 words summary:sick-blind-deaf-herself-Annie-new york-japan
-Disscation questions:
1.Have you ever seen blind and deaf people?
-Yes, when I went to Boston, I met blind and deaf person at first. There were many ideas which is easier to use in her office and I was surprised that she communicate with people to use sign language.
2.Can you read braille?
-No, but when I was junior high school student, I felt it, a
U Sam
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
I like this book because I learned a lot and got more information. Helen Keller a little girl who was born on June 27, 1880, in Tuscumbia, Alabama who was deaf and also blind learned how to read, write, speak. Actually I don't have an favorite part because all of them were so amazing and each part is very important to this book. She went to collage and graduated in honor. Later she traveled around the world and gave speeches to the handicap. I would recommend this book to everyone because I want ...more
Algel Crestfall
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
When I read Helen Keller's teacher, I knew I had to find a book about Helen Keller's life. That's when I found this on a local bookstore.

I am so amazed and inspired by Helen's life. I really look up to her and idolize her unbelievable intelligence.

Look, it's hard to lose even one of your five senses. I can't even imagine what I'd do if I lose one. But Helen? She lost them all. And yet, she was able to outstand those people who live a normal life. She received noble prizes, wrote books, and died
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I recently finished reading the book, Who Was Helen Keller? by, Gare Thompson. Helen Keller was deaf and blind and had a hard time communicating. She was one of the best authors in the world and wrote a book called “The Story of My Life.” I admire Helen Keller because she was blind and deaf and she accomplished a lot.

I would recommend this book to people that have disabilities and rough times because this is a really inspirational book. My favorite part of the book was when Helen met Franklin De
Kenzie L
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When I read this book, I expected to just learn about Helen Keller. I learned about a lot of other people and things too. Like Alexander graham bell,Thomas hopkins Gallaudet, sign language, Braille, Louis Braille, etc... It was cool that the book had the examples of the dots the blind people would use to read. It shows what each letter and number was. I learned a lot of new things about Hellen Keller. Like all the struggles she went though when she was a kid and trying to learn a whole new world ...more
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Class3 (10/8)
1 grosset&dunlap, geoff edgers, leaves3.4
2 Time 10/4= 100minutes
3 7-word summary
4 Discussion questions
Have you met handicapped people in Japan? If so, what did you do? If not, what do you want to do?
Yes, I have. When I saw a deaf man get on the subway, I stood up and gave him a seat.
5 My reflection
I have been very interested in her since I visited her school in Boston. Most of DELT students learn ASL. Not only we enjoy ASL, but
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
I read it in my student's home. I've never thought of buying an aubiography for children. It may be very boring and dogmatic. 'Who was' gives me a new perspective. Reading a real person's life is a good starting point to introduce history, geography, even values and believes to children. I like them series with little illustration. They are enough to arouse a child's curiosity but not enough for them to predict, so one has to read through. The book is quiet long for a child but the length is imp ...more
Nicole Agadoni
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book because of the way it was written. It was simple, to the point, engaging, and relatable enough to hook and keep the reader's attention. The author, Gare Thompson, was definitely thoughtful about his audience. The book captures Helen Keller's strength as she overcame the struggles of living life both deaf and blind. She is a wonderful role model. I could use this book in a social studies lesson, or it could be used as a resource for a research project.
Arisa Shimokawa
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
1. Grosset&Dunlap

2. 12/10=90minutes

3. deaf, blind, 2 yers old, sign, teach, writing, family

4.(a)the family tried to understand Helen, but it was not easy.
(b)Her family try hard for Helen. I thought supports from her family were most important things.

5. I've known only her name, so I was surprised about her life. At the time she lived, there are few school for people who have handicaps. However, she got writing, reading or speaking skill. I want to read her books!
Parker Cox
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. I liked it because it told a lot about her child life and growing up. This book also told a lot about her accomplishments in life which I also liked. Another reason why I liked the book is because it told about the people in her life rather than just Helen. This book proves that even if you have disabilities you can do great things. She was deaf and blind and still wrote many best selling books. If you want to read a great story read this book.
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, memoir
This book is part of Delaney's current homeschooling curriculum. She's been reading bits of it over the past few weeks and I've been very intrigued, so I picked it up today and read it. I have to say that I'm very impressed by these Who Was biographies. They're perfectly written for children. They have enough pertinent information, but are not over the top. Delaney has really enjoyed reading this one and I'm definitely planning to get her more in the future.
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