A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Bits of U.S history are woven into Keller's detailed biography.
Don't give up on your dreams when things get hard. Good relationships are based on trust and caring. Everyone can do great things, big and small.
Positive Role Models
Keller overcame big obstacles, then helped others do the same.
Vision and hearing disabilities are central to Helen Keller's life story.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that She Persisted: Helen Keller, by Courtney Sheinmel and Chelsea Clinton, is an inspiring look at the world a blind and deaf child built in a time when people with disabilities were cast aside. The time Helen spent at a special school and the struggle to have even minor accommodations for her disabilities give readers a great perspective on how small difficulties can have a huge impact on someone's success. This biography also shows how connected people are, and how being open to giving and receiving help can change lives. The end of the book has a list of ways readers can persist, and several references that have more information about Helen Keller.
Is It Any Good?
With a perfect balance of facts and inspiration, this Helen Keller biography pulls readers into the struggles and successes of an activist whose life was anything but easy. She Persisted: Helen Keller tells an amazing story, and reminds readers that everyone deserves the chance to be a happy, productive member of society. There are also some good lessons here about the importance of asking for, giving, and receiving help: Helen's work with her teacher, Anne, changed their lives forever. The list of ways readers can be active makes contributing both accessible and effective.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.