About the Book
An inspiring picture-book biography of Louis Braille—a blind boy so determined to read that he invented his own alphabet.
Louis Braille was just five years old when he lost his sight. He was a clever boy, determined to live like everyone else, and what he wanted more than anything was to be able to read.
Even at the school for the blind in Paris, there were no books for him.
And so he invented his own alphabet—a whole new system for writing that could be read by touch. A system so ingenious that it is still used by the blind community today.
Award-winning writer Jen Bryant tells Braille’s inspiring story with a lively and accessible text, filled with the sounds, the smells, and the touch of Louis’s world. Boris Kulikov’s inspired paintings help readers to understand what Louis lost, and what he was determined to gain back through books.
An author’s note and additional resources at the end of the book complement the simple story and offer more information for parents and teachers.
My Take on the Book
This nonfiction story is about the young Lois Braille. He decided at a young age to create an alphabet so the blind could read. He wanted to read and there were no books for the blind produced at that time.
The story shows the many challenges he faced as he began to plan and persevere until he invented braille. He was not from an affluent family but he took the opportunity and his creativity and created an alphabet that is used by millions of blind people today.
This is a wonderful story to share with your child. It shows how perseverance, one's hope, and faith can help you meet your dreams.
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