Biographies

Inspirational Braille books for blind elementary children, a truly fantastic collection of exciting biographies of courageous men and women to be admired.

"While they were saying among themselves it could not be done, it was done." - Helen Keller

40 books on this shelf.

Child of the Silent Night
by Edith Fisher Hunter, 77 pages. The story of Laura Bridgman, the first deaf and blind child to be taught to communicate with the outside world, some fifty years before Helen Keller.

For ages 8 to 12.

Package Weight: about 1.6 ...
Item Number: 3344
$11.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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The Courage of Helen Keller
by Francine Sabin, 17 pages. Recounts how the young Helen Keller, left blind and deaf by a childhood illness, learned to communicate with the world.

For ages 7 to 10.

Package Weight: about 10.5 ounces....
Item Number: 3345
$8.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Helen Keller's Teacher
by Margaret Davidson, 145 pages. For twenty-year-old Annie Sullivan, life had been one hardship after another. All alone and half blind, she grew up in a poorhouse with only her pride and determination to sustain her. Even though the...
Item Number: 3346
$22.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Seeing Lessons
Series: The Story of Abigail Carter and America's First School for Blind People
by Spring Hermann, 159 pages. "Abigail Carter, ten, her sister Sophia, and their young brother Edward were born blind. Fortunately for them, Dr. Samuel Howe has committed his energy and vision to setting up the first school for th...
Item Number: 3347
$24.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Louis Braille (The Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind)
by Margaret Davidson, 55 pages. No child should miss the biography of Louis Braille, who, at the age of twelve, invented the ingenious method of reading and writing we know today as Braille. The Braille system has long since opened ...
Item Number: 3348
$8.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Out of Darkness (The Story of Louis Braille)
by Russell Freedman, 51 pages. A biography of the 19th century Frenchman who developed the Braille system. The book spans Braille's life from childhood through his days at the Royal Institute for Blind Youth and into his final year...
Item Number: 3349
$8.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Buddy (The First Seeing Eye Dog)
by Eva Moore, 17 pages. Describes Buddy the German Shepard's training at a school for police dogs in the late 1920's and his special relationship with the young Morris Frank, a blind man who trained Buddy to be the first see...
Item Number: 3350
$8.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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A Friend in the Dark
Series: The Story of a 'Seeing Eye' Dog
by Ruth Adams Knight, 51 pages. Outlines one guide dog's life with his master. This book is truly inspirational!

For ages 7 to 11.

Package Weight: about 1.2 pounds....
Item Number: 3351
$8.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Animal Heroes
by Karleen Bradford, 71 pages. Recounts the heroic deeds of thirteen animals - ten dogs, two cats, and a rabbit. Also gives information about guide dogs, police tracking dogs, the Akita breed of dogs, and racing sled dogs.

For a...
Item Number: 3352
$10.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Who Was Queen Victoria?
by Jim Gigliotti, 46 pages. Her reign of sixty-three years and seven months is known as the Victorian Era, a period of industrial, cultural, scientific, and political change that was marked by a great expansion of the British Em...
Item Number: 2605
$8.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Meet George Washington
Series: A Step-up Biography
by Joan Heilbroner, 31 pages. This spirited story of how young George Washington was drawn into the country's struggle for independence will give readers a vivid perspective on a crucial era in American history. George Washington ...
Item Number: 3353
$8.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Meet Benjamin Franklin
Series: A Step-up Biography
by Maggi Scarf, 27 pages. A biography of Benjamin Franklin highlighting his inventions, his newspaper and almanac, his work on the Declaration of Independence, and his diplomatic trips to England and France on behalf of the co...
Item Number: 3354
$8.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Meet Abraham Lincoln
Series: A Step-up Biography
by Barbara Cary, 31 pages. Authentic but seldom recounted stories are included in this heartwarming biography of our sixteenth president.

For ages 9 to 12.

Package Weight: about 13.9 ounces....
Item Number: 3355
$8.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Meet Thomas Jefferson
Series: A Step-up Biography
by Marvin Barrett, 37 pages. When Thomas Jefferson was young, Virginia was still a colony of England. Jefferson thought that many English laws and taxes were unfair, so he studied hard to become a lawyer and help make better laws...
Item Number: 3356
$8.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Meet Christopher Columbus
Series: A Step-up Biography
by James Tertius De Kay, 33 pages. Schoolchildren will be fascinated by this clear account of Columbus' voyages and his encounters with storms, Indians, and political intrigue.

For ages 6 to 9.

Package Weight: about 14.3 ounces....
Item Number: 3357
$8.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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I, Columbus (My Journal - 1492-3)
Edited by Peter and Connie Roop, 41 pages. Christopher Columbus was one of the most able and accomplished sailors of his day. His life's dream was to discover a new way to reach the East, fabled for its riches. Unlike those before him, he woul...
Item Number: 3358
$8.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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The Secret Soldier (The Story of Deborah Sampson)
by Anne McGovern, 39 pages. Deborah Sampson wanted to travel and have adventures, but since she had no money, the best way to do that was to join the army! This is the exciting and true story of a courageous young woman who beca...
Item Number: 3359
$8.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Stonewall
by Jean Fritz, 163 pages. A biography of Thomas Jackson, the brilliant southern general who gained the nickname Stonewall by his stand at Bull Run during the Civil War.

For ages 9 to 14.

Package Weight: about 2.9 pounds....
Item Number: 3360
$25.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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The Life and Times of Mother Teresa
by Tanya Rice, 39 pages. A biography of the nun who founded the order known as The Congregation of the Missionaries of Charity to work with the sick and destitute in Calcutta and other places and who was awarded the No...
Item Number: 3361
$8.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Mary on Horseback (Three Mountain Stories)
by Rosemary Wells, 35 pages. Tells the stories of three families who were helped by the work of Mary Breckinridge, the first nurse to go into the Appalachian Mountains and give medical care to the isolated inhabitants. Includes a...
Item Number: 3362
$8.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Martin Luther King
by Rosemary L. Bray, 25 pages. "A fine introduction to the life of King - lucid, real, captivating. Bray starts with King's early years in the American South, his exposure to segregation and racism, his schooling, and his family li...
Item Number: 3363
$8.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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I Have a Dream
by Martin Luther King, Jr., 22 pages, about 1800 words. On August 28, 1963, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his most memorable and inspiring speech to a country divided by riots over racial injustice. With the words "I have a dream," King i...
Item Number: 2502
$13.95 in Grade 2 Text/Braille
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Alexander Graham Bell
Series: Pioneers of Science Series
by Andrew Dunn, 39 pages. Examines the life and accomplishments of the speech teacher whose study of sound and the human voice led to his invention of the telephone.

For ages 9 to 12.

Package Weight: about 15.8 ounces....
Item Number: 3364
$8.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Isaac Newton
Series: Pioneers of Science Series
by Douglas McTavish, 31 pages. Describes the scientific and mathematical discoveries of Isaac Newton through a biographical approach to his work, which resulted in modern science.

For ages 9 to 12.

Package Weight: about 13.9 ...
Item Number: 3365
$8.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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The Double Life of Pocahontas
by Jean Fritz, 95 pages. (Boston Globe/Horn Book Award);
(ALA Notable Children's Book)

"Pocahontas, the daughter of the seventeenth-century Indian chief Powhatan, saved the life of Captain John Smith and later married ...
Item Number: 3366
$14.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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The Courage of Sarah Noble
by Alice Dalgliesh, 39 pages. (A Newbery Honor Book)
In 1707, young Sarah Noble and her father traveled through the wilderness to build a new home for their family. "Keep up your courage, Sarah Noble," her mother had said, but ...
Item Number: 3367
$8.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Sing Down the Moon
by Scott O'Dell, 125 pages. The Spanish Slavers were an ever-present threat to the Navaho way of life. One lovely spring day, fourteen-year-old Bright Morning and her friend Running Bird took their sheep to pasture. The sky was ...
Item Number: 3368
$19.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Ray Charles (Soul Man)
by Ruth Turk, 77 pages. From the first time he touched the keys of a piano at the age of four, Ray Charles Robinson knew he wanted to spend his life making music. Overcoming blindness, poverty, drug addiction, and racism, Ra...
Item Number: 3369
$11.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Barbara Jordan
Series: Contemporary African-Americans series
by Diane Patrick-Wexler, 33 pages. When Barbara Jordan was young, many laws were still unfair to African-Americans. So she became a member of the United States Congress and helped change the laws. Her speeches also made her famous. Bar...
Item Number: 3370
$8.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Jim Abbott
Series: Overcoming the Odds series
by Jon Kramer, 41 pages. A biography of the determined athlete who became the first pitcher to make it to the major leagues with only one hand, playing for the California Angels, New York Yankees, and Chicago White Sox. A par...
Item Number: 3371
$8.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Jim Eisenreich
Series: Overcoming the Odds series
by Bill Gutman, 39 pages. Relates the life story of Jim Eisenreich, a baseball player now with the Philadelphia Phillies, who has had to contend with Tourette's syndrome but has continued to play the game he loves.

For ages...
Item Number: 3372
$8.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Gail Devers
Series: Overcoming the Odds series
by Bill Gutman, 41 pages. The story of the courageous woman who overcame a debilitating illness to go on to become an Olympic gold medalist in track and field events.

For ages 9 to 12.

Package Weight: about 1 pounds....
Item Number: 3373
$8.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Great Moments in Baseball History
by Matt Christopher, 105 pages. The blur of a fastball ... the crack from a slugger's bat ... the seemingly impossible leap for a long-flying ball - Matt Christopher has captured all the suspense and play-by-play action of nine rema...
Item Number: 3374
$16.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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At the Plate with Ken Griffey, Jr.
by Matt Christopher, 103 pages. Ken Griffey Jr., son of former pro ball player Ken Griffey Sr., has baseball in his blood. From his early years hanging out at Yankee Stadium with his father through his high school days as a baseball...
Item Number: 3375
$15.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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On the Field with Emmitt Smith
by Matt Christopher, 115 pages. The biography of Emmitt Smith, who has played for the Dallas Cowboys and won the NFL rushing title four times during his career.

For ages 8 to 12.

Package Weight: about 2.1 pounds....
Item Number: 3376
$17.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Great Moments in Football History
by Matt Christopher, 91 pages. Matt Christopher, author of Great Moments in Baseball History, has captured all the suspense and play-by-play action of nine remarkable football plays and the personalities of the athletes who ...
Item Number: 3377
$13.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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In the Huddle with Steve Young
by Matt Christopher, 127 pages. "The author profiles the life and career of Steve Young, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers."--Booklist.

For ages 8 to 12.

Package Weight: about 2.3 pounds....
Item Number: 3378
$19.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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On the Mound with Greg Maddox
by Matt Christopher, 95 pages. For ages 8 to 12.

Package Weight: about 1.8 pounds....
Item Number: 3379
$14.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Fast Break (Great Basketball of the 20th Century)
by Mel Cebulash, 43 pages. "Takes you back to many of the peak moments that have made U.S. basketball great in the years since 1900. A lively, fact-packed little treasury of basketball history, perfect for the school-aged baske...
Item Number: 3380
$8.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Going for Gold
by Andrew Donkin, 29 pages. Profiles notable Olympic athletes who overcame the odds to win gold medals, including Jesse Owens, Shelley Mann, and Kerri Strug.

For ages 7 to 10.

Package Weight: about 13.4 ounces....
Item Number: 3381
$8.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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