She Touched the World: Laura Bridgman, Deaf-Blind Pioneer
She Touched the World: Laura Bridgman, Deaf-Blind Pioneer

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Annotation: Biography of Laura Bridgman, who, after losing her hearing, sight, and sense of smell at a young age, paved the way for future generations of children with disabilities.
Catalog Number: #26405
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Copyright Date: 2008
Edition Date: 2008
Pages: xi, 100 p.
Availability: Special Order Only - Contact Customer Service at +1 800 637-6581 or +1 217 243-5451
ISBN: Publisher: 0-618-85299-9 Perma-Bound: 0-605-19134-4
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-618-85299-4 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-19134-1
Dewey: 921
LCCN: 2007034978
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
Reviewing Agencies:
School Library Journal Starred Review
ALA Booklist (Sat Mar 01 00:00:00 CST 2008)
Horn Book
Kirkus Reviews
Wilson's Children's Catalog
Wilson's High School Catalog
Wilson's Junior High Catalog
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 85-96) and index.
Word Count: 14,478
Reading Level: 6.9
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 6.9 / points: 2.0 / quiz: 120558 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:6.8 / points:5.0 / quiz:Q43319
Lexile: 990L

When she was just two years old, Laura Bridgman lost her sight, her hearing, and most of her senses of smell and taste. At the time, no one believed a child with such severe disabilities could be taught to communicate, much less lead a full and productive life. But then a progressive doctor, who had just opened the country's first school for the blind in Boston, took her in. Laura learned to communicate, read, and write--and eventually even to teach. By the age of 12, she was world famous. Audiences flocked to see her, and she was loved and admired by children everywhere. This fascinating and moving biography shows how Laura Bridgman paved the way for future generations of children with disabilities, making possible important advances in the way they would be educated. As a blind person with some hearing loss, Sally Hobart Alexander lends a unique and intimate perspective to this inspiring account. At last, the story of Laura Bridgman can find its long-deserved place alongsidethose of Louis Braille and Helen Keller.