She Touched the World by Sally Hobart Alexander

She Touched the World

When she was just two years old, Laura Bridgman lost her sight, her hearing, and most of her senses of smell and taste. At the time, no one believed a child with such severe disabilities could be taught to communicate, much less lead a full and productive life. But then a progressive doctor, who had just opened the country’s first school for the blind in Boston, took her in. Laura learned to communicate, read, and write—and eventually even to...


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TitleShe Touched the World
ISBN9780618852994
Author
Release DateFeb 18th, 2008
PublisherClarion Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreBiography, Nonfiction, Womens, History, Inspirational, Childrens
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Reviews She Touched the World

  • Mary Lou Carolan
    2011-06-29
    Born fifty years before Helen Keller, Laura Bridgman lost her sight and hearing from scarlet fever and yet went on to live a remarkable life. The author of She Touched the World, Sally Hobart Alexander, tells Laura's life story with a sensibility born from experience as she, too, is completely blind and partially deaf. Laura's story brought her fame because of all she was able to overcome, and parents held her up as an example to their own childr...
  • Mrs. Trimble
    2013-03-30
    This was a pretty amazing biography about Laura Bridgman. At 2-yrs-old, Laura lost her sight, hearing, taste, and smell due to Scarlet Fever. A doctor in Massachusetts (Samuel Howe) heard about her and convinced her parents to let Laura live with him on the East Coast so he could teach her. Laura was really very smart and was easy to teach and Howe was able to show the world that people with disabilities were able to learn and live productive liv...
  • Roxanne Hsu Feldman
    2008-06-01
    There is a lot to be admired -- Laura Bridgman and her spirit, those who helped her, and the author who chose to tell the story of this extraordinary person's life and who herself suffers from disabling conditions. But for some reason, after closing the book, I did not feel that this is a subject that made a tremendous impact in history, because, she didn't. There is an anti-climatic feeling toward the end of the book. Although I certainly benefi...
  • Sharon
    2018-03-28
    There are all kinds of great historical figures about which we largely know nothing.The story of Laura Bridgman is fascinating. Having been born about 50 years before Helen Keller, she was the only one of her two siblings to survive scarlet fever as a very young child. In the process, she lost both her vision and hearing.Once she was taken to what eventually became a school for the blind, she became the original miracle child. What I find most fa...
  • Morgan
    2017-11-09
    Genre: Historical FictionRecommended Grade Level: PrimaryWhen you think about the first blind/deaf person, you probably think Helen Keller, but it was actually Laura Bridgman. I found this book to be really interesting as it talks about Laura's struggles before she went to the school in Boston and also all about how she learned to communicate. It was a little bit longer than I expected it to be and there weren't many illustrations,but I think thi...
  • Christen
    2018-08-27
    A fascinating book about a girl whose sight, hearing, smell and taste were almost completely destroyed by scarlet fever. I had never heard of her before. She and her benefactors demonstrated that people with disabilities could be productive members of society. The books was written by a modern woman who also us deaf-blind. The work of Laura is linked to Helen Keller and the suffragette, Julia Ward Howe. A very interesting read, and the photos in ...
  • Maria Schoville
    2017-09-11
    Growing up almost everyone learns something about Helen Keller. As a TVI, I was surprised I hadn't heard of Laura Bridgman before. This is a relatively short book, but informative and contains interesting history.
  • heidiann(e)
    2017-09-27
    What an inspiring story. I can hardly stop thinking about everything this woman went through, and all that she was able to accomplish. Incredible story.
  • David
    2017-03-03
    When she was just two years old, Laura Bridgman lost her sight, her hearing, and most of her senses of smell and taste. At the time, no one believed a child with such severe disabilities could be taught to communicate, much less lead a full and productive life. But then a progressive doctor, who had just opened the country’s first school for the blind in Boston, took her in. Laura learned to communicate, read, and write—and eventually ev...
  • Sheila
    2017-02-05
    Laura Bridgman lost her sight and hearing at the age of 2. She was curious and frustrated lost in herself. Dr. Samuel Howe heard of her and came to see if he could help her. He took her back to the Perkins Institute where he taught her to read and write. He taught her fingerspelling and reading by raised letters. She became the teacher of Anne Sullivan who came to the Perkins Institute before she went on to become Helen Keller's teacher.I got imm...
  • Becky
    2008-07-08
    Alexander, Sally Hobart and Robert Alexander. 2008. She Touched the World: Laura Bridgman, Deaf-Blind Pioneer. Introduction: If you had lived in 1841, the name Laura Bridgman would have echoed through your home, your school, your neighborhood. It would have rung out in the streets of Boston, in the halls of Congress, and across the ocean to England and Europe and beyond. By the time Laura Bridgman was twelve years old, she was that famous. Like a...
  • Justin
    2014-04-10
    Because my major is deaf education, the first non-fiction book that I was drawn to was She Touched the World: Laura Bridgman, Deaf-Blind Pioneer by Sally Hobart Alexander and Robert Alexander. Most people in the United States are familiar with Helen Keller, but very few have heard of Laura Bridgman. Bridgman was born fifty years before Keller, and Bridgman’s education made it possible for Keller to receive her education. Bridgman taught Anne Su...
  • Heidi-Marie
    2008-03-13
    A good nonfiction and biography for all ages, including its intended children's audience. It isn't overwhelming. The writing wasn't boring. It included some of her weaknesses right along with her positive points. Her story is inspirational, and I learned a whole lot more about her than I did before. It was interesting to think beyond the text and what was going on around her and in her family. For example, what was it like when her family lost th...
  • Abby Johnson
    2008-04-27
    You know about Helen Keller, but have you ever heard of Laura Bridgman? Laura Bridgman was born just about 50 years before Helen Keller. When she was a young child, she had scarlet fever, a disease that robbed her of her hearing, sight, and most of her senses of smell and taste. Laura was an intelligent, curious girl and once she was taken to school, she quickly learned to communicate. She became famous for her ability to communicate when most ot...
  • Rachael
    2008-07-11
    This was fascinating. I had never heard of Laura Bridgman until I read Miss Spitfire by Sarah Miller, also a great book. I've always been in awe of Helen Keller, but had no idea that if it were not for the success of Laura Bridgman, Annie Sullivan might never have been able to reach Helen. My only real complaint about this book is the very beginning, when the author mentions how the children of Laura's day would have heard of her, pretended their...
  • Stephanie
    2011-05-11
    I had never heard of Laura Bridgman, who was deaf and blind (and had damaged senses of taste and smell as well) yet managed to learn to read, write and communicate about fifty years before Helen Keller. Laura was an amazingly smart and talented person who was unique in being able to overcome such difficult challenges at a time when doctors, therapists, teachers, etc. had very few ideas of how to help people like her. This book was very well done,...
  • Wags
    2008-04-16
    Laura Bridgman became deaf and blind at a very young age, in an era before educating persons with such disabilities had been developed. Essentially, the story describes her challenges and triumphs from birth to adulthood.This biography goes beyond describing the details of Laura's life by also revealing her personality. The wonderful anecdotes and details deepen the readers insight, which is further achieved through the inclusion of her flaws as ...
  • Mr. W
    2010-07-14
    Laura Bridgman became deaf and blind at a very young age, in an era before educating persons with such disabilities had been developed. Essentially, the story describes her challenges and triumphs from birth to adulthood.This biography goes beyond describing the details of Laura's life by also revealing her personality. The wonderful anecdotes and details deepen the readers insight, which is further achieved through the inclusion of her flaws as ...
  • Kirby Lynn
    2013-07-08
    Before Helen Keller there was Laura Bridgman. Although Laura Bridgman was deaf and blind by the age of twelve, she became quite a celebrity for her time (early and mid 1800's). This book begins with her life on a farm with her family before she became deaf and blind and takes you to the end of her life. The book details the setbacks she faced and the triumphs she achieved. Also by the end of this book, you will know what famous person Laura taugh...
  • Mimo
    2008-04-03
    I had never heard of Laura Bridgman before. She was a girl who was deaf and blind (and also had lost most of her sense of taste and smell) who preceded Helen Keller and was also very famous in her day. The book had a lot of information about her and was very readable, not boring. Best of all, it also a great afterward that told all about current technologies that assist blind and or deaf people today.
  • Nickie
    2012-03-18
    I choose this for my YASA club this month. I and my girls enjoyed learning about Laura,Dr. Howe,Mrs. Howe who wrote a famous hymn. We learned how Laura taught Anne Sullivan, how Charles Dickens writings on America was read by Helen Keller's mother and she learned of Laura and hope was restored.I'm looking forward to giving the girls challenges while blind folded.
  • Julie
    2008-11-03
    A wonderful book for young people about Laura Bridgman, a deaf-blind woman who lived well before Helen Keller, and in fact taught Helen Keller's teacher, Annie Sullivan. This is a terrific introduction to the challenges she met and her remarkable abilities.
  • Catherine
    2008-07-17
    This is one example of how we are taught "selective history"---Laura Bridgman was a successful predecessor of Helen Keller's, yet I had never even heard Laura Bridgman's name. This is a fascinating, short story appropriate for ages 10 and up.
  • Betsy
    2008-08-25
    One Sentence Review: I certainly found the subject interesting enough for her own book and the Alexanders have a keen ear for making non-fiction for kids mighty interesting.
  • Paige
    2009-12-30
    interesting. not as well known (to me) as Helen Keller, but great story
  • Kaitlyn
    2013-06-21
    Amazing
  • Shirley
    2015-08-05
    Two generations before Helen Keller there was Laura Bridgman. I had never heard of Laura Bridgman or Dr.Howe but am glad I met them through this book. Very inspiring!
  • Maari
    2012-01-31
    it was so sad but when u think about it all biographies have sad parts. =)
  • Jaguar
    2014-09-29
    I had to read this for anatomy. It was very interesting. Recommended.--Anatomy