Helen’s Eyes: A Photobiography of Annie Sullivan, Helen Keller’s Teacher
National Geographic Children’s Books, February 2008
From the jacket copy:
Annie Sullivan grew up poor and abandoned, spending much of her childhood in the state poorhouse in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. A raging thirst for education led her to the Perkins Institution for the Blind, where she was known as “Miss Spitfire.” After graduation, the need to earn a living led Annie to her blind and deaf pupil, Helen Keller. Annie’s breakthrough teaching methods uncovered a gifted girl who inspired a nation. Together, Annie and Helen made history.
She was Helen’s eyes and Helen’s ears. She was Helen’s friend. But always to Helen, she was T-E-A-C-H-E-R.
Annie Sullivan shows us what teaching, at its best can do. Her gifts saved one little girl from darkness and made our own world so much brighter.
Reviews and recognition
★"…Delano’s text makes extensive use of meticulously cited quotes from primary sources to convey not only the facts of Sullivan’s life, but the everyday realities and emotions as well. The book emphasizes that the woman was a great teacher not in spite of her own struggles, but because they gave her a unique empathy for her student and a determination to never give up."—School Library Journal, starred review
"There are many biographies of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan, but this one is particularly nice…The book is honest in its portrayals, especially of Sullivan, who could be quick to take offense, particularly when her role as Keller’s teacher was downplayed…Make room for this."—Booklist
- Best Books 2008—School Library Journal
- Chicago Public Library "Best of the Best" 2008
- CCBC Choices 2009
- VOYA 2008 Nonfiction Honor Book
- Jefferson Cup Honor Book