There are not many people in the world today that have not heard of Helen Keller and her struggles with being both deaf and blind. Few however, myself included, have never heard of Laura Bridgman, a deaf and blind pioneer, who experienced many of the things Keller did, and became quite famous during her time. She Touched the World: Laura Bridgman, Deaf-Blind Pioneer, written by Sally Hobart Alexander and Robert Alexander, showcases a beautiful, interesting girl that paved the way for all those living with disabilities.
Bridgman was began her life as a normal child, without the devastating disabilities she became known for, however a terrible case of scarlet fever stole both her vision and her hearing, along with most of her senses of both taste and smell, when she was only a young girl. It was thought that she would never again be able to communicate with her family and the outside world, but after several years was taken in by a famous doctor that had started America’s first school of the blind. Bridgman soon became famous, having made remarkable strides in her studies and her capability of communication, resulting in people flocking from all over the country to see her.
This biography is very well written, not to mention being based on an incredibly interesting human being. It reads like a story, rather than a dry bio, and will definitely hold a reader’s attention. It’s typically difficult to get children to read biographies, though this one is certain to be popular and hopefully the source for future school reports. I would have loved to write a paper on this amazing woman, had I ever heard of her!