Helen’s Eyes by Marfe Ferguson Delano

Helen's EyesAnne Sullivan did not have an easy childhood.  She was a poor Irish girl born to a struggling family.  In time, she lost her mother and brother to tuberculosis, she was deserted by her father and she spent several years at the Tewksbury Almshouse in Massachusetts.  She also was plagued by vision problems and required many operations on her eyes.  Her curiosity, determination and courage helped her to find a way to attend the Perkins Institution for the Blind in Boston.  At the school, she was nicknamed “Miss Spitfire” when her fiery temper and tart tongue often got her in trouble. 

At the young age of 20, and newly graduated from Perkins, Sullivan found herself in need to earn a living.  Unsure of what she wanted to pursue, she accepted a teaching position and she became the teacher to a young, uncontrollable girl named Helen Keller.  So begins the remarkable story of a relationship between teacher and student that would span 50 years.

This fascinating biography is beautifully enhanced with numerous photographs and quotations.  If you’ve never read about Anne Sullivan’s life, or even if you already have, I highly recommend this book.

Posted by: Wendy

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    Hello! I’m so pleased that you liked my book Helen’s Eyes enough to recommend it here! Writing it was truly a labor of love. By the way, one of my best friends, Melanie Harris, lives in Park Ridge, and has a 7 year old daughter. I’ll be visiting her this fall and I am hoping to make author visits at some of the local elementary schools.
    Thanks again for your kind words. This is a wonderful resource.
    Marfe Delano


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