Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller, by Sarah Miller

What would posess a young teacher to want to give up her own life to help a little girl who could neither see, hear or talk?
 When Annie Sullivan first met Helen, she was like a wild child, allowed to throw violent temper tantrums to get what she wanted.  Annie Sullivan even had teeth knocked out by Helen in one of her rages!  Annie was unwilling to give up, even when she was told by the family that she was being too harsh.  But what saved Helen and opened doors for her was the ability to communicate that Annie was determined to give her.  Helen had met her match in Annie Sullivan, who was called Miss Spitfire when she was a girl.  Find out what events in Annie's life led her to her own deep understanding of the what lonlieness could be like.
Reviewed by Mrs. Bailey from Okte

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