An illness in early childhood left Helen Keller deaf and blind. Unable to communicate, impossible to communicate with, she was completely shut off from the world around her. Keller was six years old when her bleak existence changed profoundly: Anne Sullivan entered her world and began to teach her how to communicate through 'finger-spelling."
The isolated, temperamental child became a voracious learner and embarked on a journey that allowed her to embrace the world, as it in turn embraced her for her devotion to helping others and to causes she found worthy. Rather than focusing on her own difficulties, she dedicated her life to easing the suffering of others.
Women Who Dare: Helen Keller examines Keller's fascinating life and accomplishments with informative text and dozens of historical photographs. A special section of the book is devoted to Anne Sullivan, who became known as 'the Miracle Worker" for the pioneering teaching methods that allowed Helen to blossom into one of the most admired and respected women of her time.