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Tells the inspirational tale of the spirited crusader, Helen Keller. In this groundbreaking new series, DK brings together fresh voices and DK design values to give readers the most information-packed, visually exciting biographies on the market today. Full-color photographs of people, places, and artifacts, definitions of key words, and sidebars on related subjects add di Tells the inspirational tale of the spirited crusader, Helen Keller. In this groundbreaking new series, DK brings together fresh voices and DK design values to give readers the most information-packed, visually exciting biographies on the market today. Full-color photographs of people, places, and artifacts, definitions of key words, and sidebars on related subjects add dimension and relevance to stories of famous lives that students will love to read. Supports the Common Core State Standards.


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Tells the inspirational tale of the spirited crusader, Helen Keller. In this groundbreaking new series, DK brings together fresh voices and DK design values to give readers the most information-packed, visually exciting biographies on the market today. Full-color photographs of people, places, and artifacts, definitions of key words, and sidebars on related subjects add di Tells the inspirational tale of the spirited crusader, Helen Keller. In this groundbreaking new series, DK brings together fresh voices and DK design values to give readers the most information-packed, visually exciting biographies on the market today. Full-color photographs of people, places, and artifacts, definitions of key words, and sidebars on related subjects add dimension and relevance to stories of famous lives that students will love to read. Supports the Common Core State Standards.

30 review for DK Biography: Helen Keller: A Photographic Story of a Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Kotkin

    Beginner biography of Helen Keller, aimed at lower elementary students. Focuses heavily on Helen's pivotal relationship with Annie Sullivan. Text is augmented by both illustrations and photographs from the time period. Contains a glossary and index, but no sources are cited.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lenox

    It was a good book. It had a good story line about her life. The detail was good and very descriptive.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Barb

    I thought this was a very nicely done biography on Helen Keller. Its intended audience is the young reader but I found it interesting and satisfying as an adult. I love old photographs and was impressed by how many were included in this brief book, it's aptly named "a photographic story of a life". I liked the way the author was able to appeal to a broad range of readers by inserting explanations for concepts and words younger readers might not yet know off to the side of the general text of the I thought this was a very nicely done biography on Helen Keller. Its intended audience is the young reader but I found it interesting and satisfying as an adult. I love old photographs and was impressed by how many were included in this brief book, it's aptly named "a photographic story of a life". I liked the way the author was able to appeal to a broad range of readers by inserting explanations for concepts and words younger readers might not yet know off to the side of the general text of the story. For example abstract, proctor, inauguration and Bachelor of Arts are all defined inside an unobtrusive text box at the edge of a page. I also liked the way the author didn't sugar-coat issues, she included the fact that Annie Sullivan had detractors and at one point Helen was separated from Annie in an attempt to protect Helen. I found this book very interesting and informative and would recommend it to young and old alike.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dani

    It was really informational and intriguing. It's hard to grasp the concept of learning language and speech without seeing or hearing, but by feeling and connection. Helen Keller was a really amazing woman. I admire how she could do all that she could and still wanted to do more and help out others with disabilities. It warmed my heart especially when she visited the wounded veterans and encouraged them to still be happy and make the most of their lives.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    A decent overview of Helen's life, but Helen Keller: Rebellious Spirit is (in my opinion) a better book (with better pictures) and covers the same material with a little bit more in-depth analysis, without sacrificying readability. A decent overview of Helen's life, but Helen Keller: Rebellious Spirit is (in my opinion) a better book (with better pictures) and covers the same material with a little bit more in-depth analysis, without sacrificying readability.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Denise Junker

    I hadn’t understood all that Helen had done. There is so much focus on her childhood due to the play and movie that her own abilities and accomplishments have been easily dismissed. She did a lot especially since she was able to get the support she received.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sydney

    i would reccomend this book because it is cool to see how she learns everything because she was deaf and blind!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Extraordinary. Though aimed at children (specifically, young teens), adults can also enjoy this well-laid-out, clearly written biography. The book is worth having for the photographs alone, many of which I'd never seen before. As to the story-- If you've read Helen Keller's own (really beautiful) autobiography, or seen the play or movie "The Miracle Worker", you'll know the main facts, especially of the early sections. This book is by no means a substitute for those, which enter much more deeply Extraordinary. Though aimed at children (specifically, young teens), adults can also enjoy this well-laid-out, clearly written biography. The book is worth having for the photographs alone, many of which I'd never seen before. As to the story-- If you've read Helen Keller's own (really beautiful) autobiography, or seen the play or movie "The Miracle Worker", you'll know the main facts, especially of the early sections. This book is by no means a substitute for those, which enter much more deeply into Helen's lived experience as a child. Where this book shines is in giving an overview of the great woman's entire life, including some unexpected struggles and difficulties, her great compassion for the poor, her fight against blindness, her mature writings, and her politics. In short, I thought I knew Helen Keller's life story. I only knew half of it. And those photos! As I said, this short book can't substitute for Ms. Keller's own words, which it often quotes. But it's a terrific supplement, and a very good introduction to a very great woman. Recommended.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chandler

    This informational book goes through all of Keller’s milestones throughout her difficult life. She is also still seen as a symbol of human resilience and determination to overcome limitations. The several chapters discuss her impact on others facing similar limitations, her difficult upbringing, how she learned to read and communicate, her teacher Annie, her journaling and education, her work for the American Foundation for the Blind, and her support of troops during WW2. I think this book is ve This informational book goes through all of Keller’s milestones throughout her difficult life. She is also still seen as a symbol of human resilience and determination to overcome limitations. The several chapters discuss her impact on others facing similar limitations, her difficult upbringing, how she learned to read and communicate, her teacher Annie, her journaling and education, her work for the American Foundation for the Blind, and her support of troops during WW2. I think this book is very important because it can give children hope, especially those who feel like they can relate to Helen Keller. Also, even though she lived in a time before us, she still stands as an incredible female figure. The author does a great job at laying out the information into categories and timelines. The illustrations and sidebars also do a great job at keeping young readers engaged.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

    This book tells the story of Helen Keller through her challenges. Although it is aimed for a younger audience, this book has valuable information about Helen’s struggles and how she overcame communication with others being blind and deaf. I read this book to gain more knowledge about women in the late 1800s for History class, and Helen Keller was a prime example of how women were faced with major challenges and overcame them, even with little say in the society. The theme of this biography about This book tells the story of Helen Keller through her challenges. Although it is aimed for a younger audience, this book has valuable information about Helen’s struggles and how she overcame communication with others being blind and deaf. I read this book to gain more knowledge about women in the late 1800s for History class, and Helen Keller was a prime example of how women were faced with major challenges and overcame them, even with little say in the society. The theme of this biography about Helen Keller is to show how she never let go of her dreams, and although at first, she didn’t want to learn or speak to anyone, she was determined to prove everyone wrong, and just because she was different, it didn't make her different.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mariah

    So it all began when I was going through my bookshelf looking for books to give away. I happened to pick up the Helen Keller biography and decided to read a few pages thinking that I may want to get rid of it. Boy was I wrong! I could not put this book down. It is an easy read so I casually read 68 pages before I set it asides. Such a lovely documentation of a beautiful person. Helen Keller was incredibly intelligent, compassionate, and curious. A life well spent. I highly recommend this biograp So it all began when I was going through my bookshelf looking for books to give away. I happened to pick up the Helen Keller biography and decided to read a few pages thinking that I may want to get rid of it. Boy was I wrong! I could not put this book down. It is an easy read so I casually read 68 pages before I set it asides. Such a lovely documentation of a beautiful person. Helen Keller was incredibly intelligent, compassionate, and curious. A life well spent. I highly recommend this biography.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    A great read for good readers, high readers in the late elementary grades and up. I learned quite a bit from this book, including the fact they did vaudeville and she starred in two movies, Deliverance in 1920 and a documentary Unconquered, which won an Oscar in 1954. The book is highly recommended by me. Superb!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    Great quick read! This is a great quick read on the biography of Hellen Keller. However, I feel like is should been the biography of Hellen Keller and Annie Sullivan (her teacher). Annie was such a larger part of her life. It seems as if Annie took on the role of her mother more than teacher. This book would be great for middle school students who need to write a report on influential people.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Micheal Teague

    Very interesting! Well written! Love the photos! Well done!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    easy reader, more details than I knew from the play

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kay Mcaloney

    Excellent book for my advanced reading group.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alejanrda

    This book was incredibly it really tells how Helen Keller lived her life. It gives very interesting facts and details. If you really like reading Helen Keller like me then you should read this book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Josh Sutton

    Quick read ..yet very informative

  19. 5 out of 5

    Katie Guttenberg

    It was a good overview of Helen's story that is aimed at kids, but you'd think there'd be less ableism.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Mannion

    Great book to read with your children. Very interesting and informative.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Borton

    The DK Readers biography series are full of information and pictures of people, places, and items related to the person. I like how there are definitions of key words and sidebars with real pictures explaining places and things in more detail. For example, a real picture of braille and The College of Girls had detailed information. The organization with subheadings keep the biography organized and helps the reader identify a timeline of events, people, and places. The photographs are a combinati The DK Readers biography series are full of information and pictures of people, places, and items related to the person. I like how there are definitions of key words and sidebars with real pictures explaining places and things in more detail. For example, a real picture of braille and The College of Girls had detailed information. The organization with subheadings keep the biography organized and helps the reader identify a timeline of events, people, and places. The photographs are a combination of drawings and real black and white images. It is an easy read that keeps the attention of a young reader as you want to keep reading to see the progression of the individuals life. Helen Keller is one of my favorites to study because she exceeded everyone's expectations, including her own. Her life story is of the many obstacles she faced while being deaf and blind. Her strong will power and the help from a wonderful teacher that stayed in her life contributed to helping others learn as she did. She is a true inspiration of hope and success. I would use these DK series in the classroom to do biography studies of interest. It would be fun to create a wax museum where the student's dress up as their character and share timelines and storyboards constructed during their readings. They could do a mini presentation introducing themselves as the character.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    This biography of Helen Keller, keeps the reader engaged by including multiple photographs that give the reader a better sense of who and what they are reading about. It was interesting to read about all the steps of learning how to communicate. A lot of the story includes Helen's teacher Annie, who found unique ways to teach her. Helen even said that if she were to have to choose between Annie and her mother, she would choose Annie. Helen made speeches and met many people including the presiden This biography of Helen Keller, keeps the reader engaged by including multiple photographs that give the reader a better sense of who and what they are reading about. It was interesting to read about all the steps of learning how to communicate. A lot of the story includes Helen's teacher Annie, who found unique ways to teach her. Helen even said that if she were to have to choose between Annie and her mother, she would choose Annie. Helen made speeches and met many people including the president. She became very famous and even went to college. Annie helped her all along the way. I liked the way the author was able to appeal to a broad range of readers by inserting explanations for concepts and words younger readers might not yet know off to the side of the general text of the story. For example abstract, proctor, inauguration and Bachelor of Arts are all defined inside a text box at the edge of a page. This short novel is 123 pages, with pictures included and is a great biography for a younger audience to read. I would recommend it to 4th-6th graders. I would accompany it with a class discussion and possibly a movie on Helen Keller's life.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    This book is about Helen Keller a girl who suffered from a strong fever at an early age. One day, Hellen could not see, hear, or speak. She grew up while throwing temper tantrums and her parents did whatever they could to find a cure but when they found out they couldnt, they hired someone to look after Hellen. Hellen's life changed drastically and amazing things happen. You have to read the book to find out! I can relate Helen to many people in the world who are either blind, deaf, cannot talk This book is about Helen Keller a girl who suffered from a strong fever at an early age. One day, Hellen could not see, hear, or speak. She grew up while throwing temper tantrums and her parents did whatever they could to find a cure but when they found out they couldnt, they hired someone to look after Hellen. Hellen's life changed drastically and amazing things happen. You have to read the book to find out! I can relate Helen to many people in the world who are either blind, deaf, cannot talk, or all. They go through alot and I admire them for getting through the tough times. I rate this book 4 stars because I felt that it gave a powerful message and the book was heart warming and inspireable. I would recommend this book to people who like autobiograph and non fiction books.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shaina

    Helen Keller is a marvel to me! So is Anne Sullivan!!!! How can a person not hear, nor see, nor speak and still obtain an incredible life? Everythign I've read of Helen Keller is so uplifting and encouraging...she had such struggles, struggles that I am blessed not to have yet she moved forward and enjoyed life in spite of her trials. I really look up to these two Historic Women...Anne....through God and her diligence...they helped Helen have a life! Truly remarkable stories of her! I loved read Helen Keller is a marvel to me! So is Anne Sullivan!!!! How can a person not hear, nor see, nor speak and still obtain an incredible life? Everythign I've read of Helen Keller is so uplifting and encouraging...she had such struggles, struggles that I am blessed not to have yet she moved forward and enjoyed life in spite of her trials. I really look up to these two Historic Women...Anne....through God and her diligence...they helped Helen have a life! Truly remarkable stories of her! I loved reading about her and seeing pictures in this book-these actual pictures help bring her story to life! I would recommend this to anyone who feels down about themself, inadequate, lost, etc. She truly is inspiring!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    This was such a great book. I read it aloud to my children and they were so fascinated by Helen Keller. They wanted to try and walk with there eyes closed just to be like Helen. They tried to figure out who the other's were by touching each others faces or by a handshake. They Learned the sign language alphabet just to be like Helen. They enjoyed signing into each others hands as if they had a secret code. They also learned about Braille and Louis Braille from this book. Some other topics that b This was such a great book. I read it aloud to my children and they were so fascinated by Helen Keller. They wanted to try and walk with there eyes closed just to be like Helen. They tried to figure out who the other's were by touching each others faces or by a handshake. They Learned the sign language alphabet just to be like Helen. They enjoyed signing into each others hands as if they had a secret code. They also learned about Braille and Louis Braille from this book. Some other topics that became of interest because of this book was socialism and capitalism. This book led them to want to learn more about Alexander Graham Bell. This Book was Fabulous I cannot say enough good things about it!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Carter

    The story of Helen Keller is very interesting. This book was a very good written version of her life. It was interesting to read about all the steps of learning how to communicate. It was amazing how her teacher, Annie, found ways to teach her. Helen even said that if she were to have to choose between Annie and her mother, she would choose Annie. Helen made speeches and met many people including the president. She became very famous and even went to college. Annie helped her all along the way. The story of Helen Keller is very interesting. This book was a very good written version of her life. It was interesting to read about all the steps of learning how to communicate. It was amazing how her teacher, Annie, found ways to teach her. Helen even said that if she were to have to choose between Annie and her mother, she would choose Annie. Helen made speeches and met many people including the president. She became very famous and even went to college. Annie helped her all along the way. It was so interesting I finished it in a matter of hours and couldn't stop reading. Anyone who wants to learn about Helen Keller should read it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kimberlydaniels

    Genre: Biography (I counted this as a novel because it was 123 pages long and I read the whole thing!) This was a FANTASTIC BOOK!! I got it from my daughters teacher because she does a thematic unit on biographies and has several books of about 10 different people for students to study. This book was a lot like the books that Deanna brought into class about Abraham Lincoln, it had a timeline, and kept the reader engaged with fantastic photographs. There were some chapters that were more interesti Genre: Biography (I counted this as a novel because it was 123 pages long and I read the whole thing!) This was a FANTASTIC BOOK!! I got it from my daughters teacher because she does a thematic unit on biographies and has several books of about 10 different people for students to study. This book was a lot like the books that Deanna brought into class about Abraham Lincoln, it had a timeline, and kept the reader engaged with fantastic photographs. There were some chapters that were more interesting to me than others, I loved hearing about her as a young child and then I was re-engaged with her work as an older woman helping others as she traveled telling her story. GREAT BOOK!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Holland

    I can not describe how much I enjoyed reading this book. I have always loved the story of Helen Keller, but I have never read it quite like this. The photographs bring her story to life. This book is packed full with information, but is a very easy read. Teaching Application: I think that every young person needs to read a book about Helen Keller and I think this is a great choice. The easy text and wonderful photographs will keep the students turning the pages. After the students read this book I can not describe how much I enjoyed reading this book. I have always loved the story of Helen Keller, but I have never read it quite like this. The photographs bring her story to life. This book is packed full with information, but is a very easy read. Teaching Application: I think that every young person needs to read a book about Helen Keller and I think this is a great choice. The easy text and wonderful photographs will keep the students turning the pages. After the students read this book they can be “rewarded” by watching the movie The Miracle Worker. This is my favorite movie depiction of her life.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kelley

    I made my daughter pick a biography from the library so that she could expand her reading and take a break from Harry Potter. She loved this book - read it in a single day. Then, she insisted that I read it as well. It was very good. It was written for younger audiences, but I enjoyed it very much as an adult. Both Helen and Annie were incredible! Very inspiring. Sure puts my life in perspective! I loved all the photographs and little side notes explaining difficult terms. I would recommend this I made my daughter pick a biography from the library so that she could expand her reading and take a break from Harry Potter. She loved this book - read it in a single day. Then, she insisted that I read it as well. It was very good. It was written for younger audiences, but I enjoyed it very much as an adult. Both Helen and Annie were incredible! Very inspiring. Sure puts my life in perspective! I loved all the photographs and little side notes explaining difficult terms. I would recommend this quick read to everyone.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Skylar Londo

    I thought that Helen Keller's biography was amazing. It keeped me and i'm sure the other readers engaged in this story. I likes that they put pictures of her life it gave me a better sense about who and what the author was talking about. I also liked that it gave really deep details about her blind and deafness. It was interesting to read about all the steps of learning how to communicate. It was amazing how her teacher, Annie, found ways to teach her. Helen even said that if she were to have t I thought that Helen Keller's biography was amazing. It keeped me and i'm sure the other readers engaged in this story. I likes that they put pictures of her life it gave me a better sense about who and what the author was talking about. I also liked that it gave really deep details about her blind and deafness. It was interesting to read about all the steps of learning how to communicate. It was amazing how her teacher, Annie, found ways to teach her. Helen even said that if she were to have to choose between Annie and her mother, she would choose Annie. Overall this was an AMAZING book!

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