Helen Keller and the Big Storm

Helen Keller and the Big Storm

Illustrated by: Diana Magnuson
For Ages: 5 - 7
Helen Keller cannot see or hear. But that does not stop her from playing tricks on people, including her new teacher, Annie Sullivan. Still, Annie will not give up on Helen. Can Helen ever learn to trust her teacher?
  • Simon Spotlight | 
  • 32 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780689841040 | 
  • January 2002 | 
  • Grades K - 2 | 
  • Lexile ® 520L
List Price $4.50


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A Reading Group Guide for

Childhood of Famous Americans

Books include:

1. Helen Keller and the Big Storm
by Patricia Lakin, illustrated by Diana Magnuson

2. Ben Franklin and His First Kite
by Stephen Krensky, illustrated by Bert Dodson

3. Abe Lincoln and the Muddy Pig
by Stephen Krensky, illustrated by Gershom Griffith

4. Betsy Ross and the Silver Thimble
by Stephanie Greene, illustrated by Diana Magnuson

About the Books

A beloved series, now adapted for beginning readers!

First introduced in 1932, the Childhood of Famous Americans series has grown to include biographies of more than fifty subjects. Generations of children look to the familiar blue COFA covers for entertaining, accessible stories about important figures in our country's history. Books in the series feature men and women of achievement, drawn from many races and a variety of backgrounds, who personify the rich diversity of our nation's cultural and historical heritage. Now, Ready-to-Read Childhood of Famous Americans present single episodes from the lives of the most popular COFA subjects for the enjoyment of beginning readers. Lively and inspirational, these books sweep today’s young readers right into the past.

Discussion Topics

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About the Author

Patricia Lakin
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Patricia Lakin

Patricia Lakin, a former elementary school teacher and an award-winning author, has written more than fifty published works. Her books, both fiction and nonfiction, span multiple age groups—from toddlers to middle graders. Patricia lives in New York City with her husband, Lee Koenigsberg. They have two grown sons, Aaron and Benjahmin. When not reading, writing, or researching, she can be found traveling with Lee to far-off places in the world.