BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Helen’s Big World, The Life of Helen Keller by Doreen Rappaport

TITLE: Helen’s Big World: The Life of Helen Keller

AUTHOR: Doreen Rappaport


PUBLISHER:  Disney*Hyperion Books, 2012


Blind, deaf, and unable to speak since toddlerhood, young Helen Keller lived in a dark, silent world. Despite her handicaps, Helen wanted to experience every part of life; with her passion for discovery and the help of an unrivaled teacher, Annie Sullivan, Helen found that knowledge would soon lead to freedom. And with knowledge and freedom came wisdom. And with her wisdom, Helen knew she could change the world by speaking out against the injustices she witnessed.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : I read about Helen Keller often as I was going through elementary school, but Ms. Rappaport’s book covering this remarkable woman’s life shared many aspects of Helen Keller’s life I never knew about. Like the fact she had very few books written in Braille so she read them repeatedly until the raised letters were worn out from her touch. Or riding in a sailboat with Annie Sullivan during a raging storm. Young boys will love reading about her many adventures while young girls will dream of following in her footsteps to conquer the world! A great addition to any library!

RATING: *****5 Stars*****


1 star…probably not worth your time.

2 stars…there are some things to like but some elements could have been stronger.

3 stars…this story will appeal to some readers, but others might find it lacking something.

4 stars…strong story, nice illustrations, and should grab the attention of many readers.

5 stars…superbly written story, stellar illustrations, a must addition to any book lovers’ collection!



Jack is afraid of the THING in the closet. Monty is afraid of the LUMP in the bed. One day boy and monster both decide they no longer want to fear what hides in the dark. Both have a plan, but will be surprised by what they discover after A BUMP IN THE NIGHT.

Hybrid published author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of flash fiction, children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna offers occasional BOOK NOOK REVIEWS of great children’s books and offers WRITERLY WISDOM to new and established writers. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Alliance of Independent Authors, and Children’s Book Insider. Donna loves dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection.

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