Louis Braille was only four years old when an accident left him sightless. Through the kindness and notice of his provincial village, he was granted a scholarship to the only existing school for the blind-the Royal Institute of the Blind; there he was introduced to a still-imperfect method of writing with dashes and dots. Staying up late for nights on end, Louis toyed and reworked this system hundreds of times over, before settling on its current form. He was only 15 years old. Beautifully written with delicate pencil illustrations, this book details the life of one of France's national heroes. This vivid biography is recommended for grades 3-8. 81 pages, indexed.
A biography of the modest Frenchman who, after being blinded at the age of three, went on to develop a system of raised dots on paper that enabled blind people to read and write.
RUSSELL FREEDMAN received the Newbery Medal for Lincoln: A Photobiography. He is also the recipient of three Newbery Honors, a National Humanities Medal, the Sibert Medal, the Orbis Pictus Award, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and was selected to give the 2006 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture. Mr. Freedman lives in New York City and travels widely to research his books.
Born in New Hampshire and raised in Vermont, Kate Kiesler began painting at an early age. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and now paints and illustrates full-time. Kate paints with oils, and her rich style has been highly praised. Kate Kiesler has illustrated numerous picture books, including The Great Frog Race and Other Poems. She lives in Frisco, Colorado.
"An extremely well-written and informative book that tells about Braille's life and the development of his alphabet system for the blind. . . . An entertaining and fascinating look at a remarkable man." School Library Journal, Starred