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Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller
graphic novel/biography

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Carin F Lambert executes this graphic novel with a brilliant use of words and images. At times young Helen's inner thoughts and lack of words is drawn in an abstract, dark manner. At others, the use of vibrant color accentuates and entices the reader. The story of how difficult it was to teach Helen despite her parents' interference and coddling, is given a new life in this graphic novel. The reader will enjoy this author/illustrator's take on the powerful story of the bond between student and teacher.

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Carly Brown | 11 comments Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller By Joseph Lambert
Rating: ****
Bookshelves: ENGL 420
Status: Read June 4th 2014

There is so much in one small book. (86 pages) This is the Helen Keller story told with continuing care for what her teacher Annie Sullivan must have been thinking, feeling, and struggling with as she taught young Helen to begin to communicate. It was a very emotionally charged book with the pictures adding to the intensity of the hatred, frustration and love that Helen feels for her teacher. Through both of their struggles, Annie's and Helen's, they both did remarkable things. Annie overcomes her blindness by helping another to see and Helen begins to understand not only things, but ideas. One of the most powerful points of the graphic novel is when she starts to distrust her own thoughts.
I would recommend the book to Middle School aged children and up. Anyone younger would have to have quite a bit explained. All though, with this book, you should discuss it with someone any way. It's a great story with the morals of hope, perseverance and love. There are lots of facts throughout and in the back. Well-researched text.

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