In Honor of Helen Keller’s Birthday

I’ve always been blown away by both Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan. As a child I read many of Keller’s memoirs (she was a prolific writer) and one of my favorite units when I taught 6th grade was on “The Miracle Worker.” Of the many recently published books about these two, I especially like the graphic novel Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller by Joseph Lambert. The title trials are both metaphoric and real, one of them being a probably not-so-well-known plagiarizing situation. Lambert creatively explores familiar and less familiar aspects of Helen’s life in powerful ways, say representing her interior thoughts in dark text-free panels.

And then there is this awesome video of Annie Sullivan demonstrating just how she introduced speech to Helen.

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