A Small Surprise
Author Deborah Hopkinson and illustrator Raul Colon present the story of Helen Keller in a fresh and original way that is perfect for young children. Focusing on the relationship between Helen and her teacher, Annie Sullivan, the book is interspersed with excerpts of Annie's letters home, written as she struggled with her angry, wild pupil. But slowly, with devotion and determination, Annie teaches Helen finger spelling and braille, letters, and sentences. As Helen comes to understand language and starts to communicate, she connects for the first time with her family and the world around her. The lyrical text and exquisite art will make this fascinating story a favorite with young readers.
From the Hardcover edition.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
A Small Surprise, by Louise Yates, was a cute book with little to it. Much of the book was pictures with limited text. The big picture of the text was not to judge things by their size. I thought this was a good book and I found it very cute and funny. One of my favorite things about the book is the pictures. The pictures are very colorful and vivid. A majority of the story is told through the pictures. With little text the images are much needed and do very well to project the story. Another part of this story I like would be the characters. While none of the characters, other than the bunny, are introduced, they are all prevalent in the story. Each character saves, helps, or cheers the rabbit on. The next part of the story I enjoyed was the plot, there was not much of a story line but there is a great idea. The story line was short and sweet and lead to a great big picture. I really enjoyed how each page described a small part of the story. The last part of the story I enjoyed was how the text was put on the page. Unlike normal picture books the text in this book was written on angels and in different sizes and patterns. The text draws in readers and really keeps you reading. As we discussed in class "the text pulls you through the book, pulls you forward."
Review: A Small SurpriseUser Review - Goodreads
The illustrations were cute but I'm not impressed by any children's book that idealizes and celebrates the animal circus. Really, we should be past this by now.