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Margaret Davidson - Louis Braille: The Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind

Louis Braille: The Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind

The Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind

Author: Margaret Davidson; Illustrator: Janet Compere

  • AGES 7 - 10 
  • Genre Biography and Autobiography
Louis Braille, blinded at age three, was determined to learn and be as much like other people as possible. In the early 1800s disabled children did not go to school; instead, they became outcasts. But Louis was the exception. He relied on his memory, which enabled him to do well — but he still wanted to read. When he was 12, he invented a raised dot alphabet. This alphabet became known as Braille, and is now used around the worldLouis did not use his blindness to disable him, instead he found a way to experience and enjoy life. Fast paced and engaging, this story gives us a man who is an inspiration and wonderful role model, and the reader will be anxious to find out what happens in each of the dilemmas Louis encounters. As a hands-on bonus, the Braille alphabet can be found at the back of the book: readers are asked to close their eyes and read with their fingers. An excellent choice for young readers.