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  • Paperback
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007DK01O
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 13.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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When I was in fourth grade in 1967, our teacher read Helen Keller's Teacher to us.
Since then I have read this account of a young woman's struggle to survive through hardships several times.
Many of us cannot imagine what conditions were like for people in the 1800's.
I read the book again yesterday afternoon and I was often in tears.
This true story of a person's determination and pluck, learning to love herself and others inspite of facing sickness, grief and scorn should be read by everyone.
Not only did Annie Sullivan fight to overcome harsh obstacles in her journey to adulthood, but she also rescued Helen Keller, a young blind and deaf frustrated girl, from a hopeless future of empty darkness and confusion.
Through fate, they saved each other.
Maybe those readers who easily and so callously deem this story as boring and a waste of their time, would benefit by reading Helen Keller's Teacher again after they themselves have also suffered through their own growing pains and self-discovery.
In 1990, a good friend took me to Ivy Green, the homestead in Tuscumbia, Alabama, where Helen Keller was born and lived her early years until her parents hired Annie Sullivan to try to help their daughter.
I will always remember seeing the actual well pump where Annie Sullivan's miracle occurred for Helen in a flash.
Please read this book.
If you have a chance to read it aloud to someone, even better!
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By A Customer on March 11 2002
Format: Paperback
Helen Keller's teacher was a very interesing book. The book is about Annie Sullivan ( Helen Keller's teacher) as a young girl. This biography discusses and observes how Annie from ayoung age goes blind from a disease she contracted when she rubbed her eyes and scrathed her cornias. She goes on to school and learns to read braille because she couldn't see. She has a very tough and hard life. She had surgery on her eyes and it was successful. She could see. She then, finished school and went to teach Helen. She could deal with the same tantrums Helen displayed because she herself acted that way out of frustration. This book taught me that it is a lot of hard work to teach a kid. You have to have a lot of patience. I recommend this book because it explains how people have to work for their accomplishments. This book had a lot of information on Annie Sullivan. This book was sad because Annie Sullivan didn't have a good childhood. There was lots of disappointments and sadness in her life. She overcame so many obstacles and ended up being an inspirational leader for Helen. I hope you will read this book and learn about Annie's childhood.
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By A Customer on Feb. 27 2002
Format: Paperback
FINALLY!!!! A book on one of society's greatest hereos, Anne Sullivan! Oh, boy, was her childhood a NIGHTMARE!!!! Oh, she was so strong to endure so much; she endured more pain in twelve years than most human beings endure in her lifetime. Poor Anne! It's her dignity & courage that keeps her going throughout poverty, her dad's alcoholism & abuse, her mom's tragic death, her own lifelong battle with trachoma & being blind, her brother's horrible death in the poorhouse, the terrible conditions in the poorhouse...wow, and to think she survived that all & grew up to reach out to Helen Keller & other handicapped people! Wow, were her cousins, John & Statia so stupid to dump her & Jimmie in the poorhouse; I wish I could just blast those two idiots for not understanding that they needed love & support, not to criticize Anne & put her down. Well, it was their loss since Anne battle her problems & grew up to be a loving, wonderful person to be proud of. The books goes through her arrival at Perkins, her difficulty dealing with her wounded feelings when other students make fun of her & when a teacher humiliates her, then her working hard & graduating valedictorian of her class. The part with Helen also changed her life & I'm glad they found each other since their relationship blossomed into a beautiful lifelong friendship. The part after the Breakfast Table Battle where Anne struggles & wins at getting Helen to eat with a fork is touching as it describes how Anne went up to her room afterward & cried. Poor Anne didn't realize how out of control Helen was!Read more ›
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By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 500 REVIEWER on Nov. 20 2000
Format: Paperback
Anne Sullivan Macy's work with Helen Keller is certainly ground breaking. A survivor of paternal abuse, abandonment in a poorhouse with her terminally ill brother and a nearly-lifelong battle with trachoma all hardened Ms. Macy's armor. She was so bright and determined that she made a good academic showing at the Perkins Institute for the Blind and it was through this noted institution that she was assigned to work with Helen Keller, who suffered the dual challenges of being blind and deaf.
One admires her gritty determination; she survives the poor house, which was a genuine Chamber of Horrors; she survives being relegated there with her terminally ill brother as no other relatives were willing to take her in; she survives the painful loss of her brother and the subsequent losses of others she came to know in the poor house.
This is a good starter book and provides interesting information about Anne Sullivan Macy's life. The one drawback is that it does get stuck at the water pump where Helen learned, from Ms. Macy's constant spelling into her hand that all things have a name. This "watershed" landmark in Helen Keller's life is, in her words, "her soul's birthday." Helen, then nearly 7, learned at the now famous water pump that all things can be identified by name. For her, that singular lesson served as her lifelong key to communication.
I admit, I do get rather tired of that water pump scene because many otherwise good works seem to get stuck there. Many books that cover Helen Keller, this one included, languish at the water pump and with what little speed the book has left gives scant attention to the many accomplishments these women made and their indelible stamp on history.
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