This is a factual, but no less inspiring, telling of an incredible mind awakening —it should be on every child's bookshelf!
Elizabeth MacLeod presents a marvelously well researched and sensibly told biography of Helen Keller, in only 30 pages. Effective pictures and notes complement the text. Wonderful quotations on page margins add 'life' to the story, consider: "I left the Well House eager to learn. Everything had a name, and each name gave birth to a new thought."
Millman follows Moses through a very routine first day of deaf school, and we see some of the hand signs they use to communicate.
At best, following a child through his first day at deaf school may be useful for other deaf children, but even for them it offers no inspiration. At worst, it projects the boredom & silliness many children will actually experience. Basically, Moses meets some classmates and they sign to each other about various topics; at one point (very cliché) they dance to the vibrations of a 'boom box'. The numerous charts, showing sign language, do little to convey sign language structure, and the illustrations are mundane.