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Helen Keller: Courage in the Dark (Step into Reading) [Paperback]

By Johanna Hurwitz (Author)
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Item description for Helen Keller: Courage in the Dark (Step into Reading) by Johanna Hurwitz...

An easy-to-read biography profiles the remarkable accomplishments of Helen Keller, left blind and deaf following a childhood illness, as she triumphs over devastating challenges with the help of personal determination and her devoted teacher. Simultaneous.

Publishers Description
When a childhood illness leaves her blind and deaf, Helen Keller's life seems hopeless indeed. But her indomitable will and the help of a devoted teacher empower Helen to triumph over incredible adversity. This amazing true story is finally brought to the beginner reader level.& #160; & #160;

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages   48
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.04" Height: 0.15"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 11, 1997
Publisher   Random House Books for Young Readers
Age  7-9
ISBN  0679877053  
ISBN13  9780679877059  

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More About Johanna Hurwitz

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Johanna Hurwitz is a former children s librarian and the award-winning author of more than sixty books for children, including four books about Arlene and Ilene s friend Monty, who lives on their street. Johanna Hurwitz divides her time between Great Neck, New York, and Wilmington, Vermont.
Tuesday Mourning is the illustrator of numerous chapter-book covers and is currently working on picture books. This is her first book with Candlewick Press. She lives in Utah."

Johanna Hurwitz currently resides in Great Neck, in the state of New York.

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Helen Keller - Courage in the Dark  Dec 26, 2007
I enjoyed learning about Helen Keller's life from reading this book. I especially liked the part about how she turned into an excellent student from a bad student. It is amazing how she learned so many languages and travelled to so many places even though she could not see nor hear. I also liked the braille alphabet at the end of the book.
Excellent Book for Beginning Reader  Jun 11, 2006
Because of my husband's work, we have unfortunately had to move around quite a bit. I was looking for English books for my 8 year old that would be at her reading level yet would be engaging. This fit the bill.
My daughter eagerly read the book (and has read it several times now) and has begun to ask me many questions about Helen Keller, braille, blindness and deafness, etc. Marvellous! I was quite pleased with the results.
I did not purchase this book as an historical treatise and so did not expect it to go at length into Helen Keller's life. But my daughter could relate to the story of a young girl who is presented with tremendous challenges and not only overcomes but succeeds in living a fruitful, rewarding and exemplary life. Because it is written in a "chewable" English, she didn't give up on the book. I found this book to be very positive.
The "Step Into Reading" series on the whole I found to be very good. Historical topics tend to be chosen rather than "fairy" stories for content. The writing style is challenging but not out-of-reach. And the books are engaging.
I do not hesitate to recommend this book for 6 - 8 year olds. Encouraging girls to read about positive female role models - - I do think Helen Keller would approve.
The brave deaf and blind girl  Jun 4, 2004
It was about a girl name Helen Keller. She was born on June,27 1880. She lived on a farm in Alabama. But one day she had a high fever and cause her to go blind and deaf. Her parents couldn't tell if she was hungry,tried, or thrist. When she wake up in the middle of the night she thought it was moring and cryed for her breakfast. Finally her parents ask for help then this young lady ask name Anne Sullivan. Anne was once almost blind but she had several operations to help her see again. At first Helen gave her problems. Whatever Helen did to Anne she would do the same to her. Later Helen learned to listen to Anne. She also learned how to do sign language to deaf people or people that can see and hear. Helen's parents were very proud of her because she learned how to do many things that a person like her couldn't do. Helen later went to college and became famous. Then she passed away before eieght-first birthday.

I recommend this book because it tells about how a girl can do something with her life even though she's blind.

so-so story about a great woman  Jan 5, 2004
Any information children get about Helen Keller is probably better than none. The title Courage in the Dark, is oh so cliche. If she was only blind, she wouldn't have been so well known. Blindness only cut her off from objects, it was her deafness that isolated her from communication. The combination of being blind and deaf defined challenges for her. The book gives the play-by-play about her life with little details. She earned a college degree reading fingerspelling into her palm. This was a period few when women even went to college. An enormous deal should have been made about her never giving up. There are probably better books about Helen Keller and I would encourage anyone to learn more about Deaf Culture. It is quite amazing how they fought for the same rights everyone else had. If you are looking for information on people like Helen Keller, try the deaf-blind lions club in your area.
A Shameful Book!  Oct 13, 2002
The authors and publishers should be ashamed. Helen Kellers's life was NOT simply filled with "silence and darkness", as the authors write. She was a fighter for women's rights, including the right to vote. She denounced the murder of coal miners by John D. Rockefeller. She helped found the American Civil Liberties Union. She worked tirelessly for peace. She lived a long, full NOISY 88 years.

This book reduces her to a permanent teenager, and an image on a postage stamp. This book misinforms young people, and gives them a ridiculous idea of what Helen Keller was really all about.


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