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Children's Biography Review: The Story of Helen Keller

Updated on April 24, 2017
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Deborah is a mother and grandmother who loves to pass on tips to other parents and grandparents in her articles.

Reading To Your Child Will Help You Build Important Bonds. It Will Also Improve Their Language Skills.

Reading to a child is one of the best ways a parent can spend time with a child.  If you can also tell them about famous people and share your values with them, they will benefit in even more ways.
Reading to a child is one of the best ways a parent can spend time with a child. If you can also tell them about famous people and share your values with them, they will benefit in even more ways. | Source

When my children were in elementary school, I discovered a series of biographies for children called "The Value Tales." Over the years, I purchased over 30 of these books, which included biographies of Abraham Lincoln, Marie Curie, Jackie Robinson, Johnny Appleseed, Benjamin Franklin, Helen Keller and many other inspiring people. These books were a wonderful way to talk to my children about history, the values that made these people so admirable, their accomplishments, and some of the interesting things they had invented or created.

It's important for parents to know that these books were written specifically for children, so each one includes an imaginary character who "helps" the main character. Other than that, however, the biographies are based on fact.

Our daughters loved these books so much that, when they became adults with children of their own, these were the only books from their childhood that they still kept. They split their childhood collection between them. As luck would have it, one of our daughters married a young man who had also kept his favorite "Value Tales" from his childhood ... and his were different from the ones she had saved!

One of our daughters' favorite "Value Tale" was "The Value of Determination: The Story of Helen Keller." For those of you who may not be familiar with Helen Keller, she was a young woman who became ill as an infant and, afterwards, she was left both blind and deaf. For many years she was angry and almost uncontrollable. However, after her parents hired a talented teacher to help her, Helen Keller was eventually able to learn to communicate and, when she became a young woman, she even went to college! This story emphasizes how important it was for Helen to have an exceptional amount of determination in order to learn anything.

This is a wonderful biography to read to your children. Although "The Value Tales" are not chapter books, my children and I would read each one over a period of two or three nights. They always looked forward to hearing the next part of that night's story, and it made it much easier to get them to bed!

Your Children Will Be Fascinated by the Story of Helen Keller - A Truly Inspirational Woman

The Value of Determination: The Story of Helen Keller (Valuetales)
The Value of Determination: The Story of Helen Keller (Valuetales)

My children loved this book when they were little. I must have read it, along with some of the other Value Tales, dozens of times.

It is a biography of Helen Keller, written in a fun way especially for children. This woman, who became deaf and blind as a young child, eventually learned sign language and, later, how to speak. Your children will be inspired by her story.


Biographies are Fun and Educational Books to Read to Your Children

There are many types of biographies that you can find online and in bookstores for your children. The "Value Tales" are one choice, although others have been written since these were.

One of the aspects of the "Value Tales" that I have found most endearing is that they teach children about famous people, about history and about a wide variety of good values such as hard work, determination, compassion, honesty and love.

These are books that will inspire your children to have the kind of values you want them to have as adults.

Enjoy The Entire Set of "Value Tales"

ValueTale Set (Multiple Volume Value Tales Book Set)
ValueTale Set (Multiple Volume Value Tales Book Set)

Interested in buying several of the Value Tales at once? You might consider purchasing this large collection of used Value Tales.

These are the kind of books that your children will want to save and pass on to their own kids ... just as my own daughters have kept their favorite Value Tales to read to their own children.

In this collection of books, your children will learn about many of the world's famous people ... Benjamin Franklin, Beethoven, Marie Curie, Johnny Appleseed and many more.


Still curious about the Value Tales? Watch this video of the Value Tale about Helen Keller.

Do you thing biographies are a great learning tool for parents to use with children?

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    • DeborahDian profile imageAUTHOR

      Deborah Carr 

      3 years ago from Orange County, California

      Thank you, Au fait. I agree that Helen Keller is one of those people that every child to learn about.

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      C E Clark 

      3 years ago from North Texas

      The story of Helen Keller is an incredible one and teaches us all that we can do more than we think we can. If Ms. Keller could accomplish so much with her handicaps, what excuse to most of us able bodied people have who are able to hear and see, etc. ?? Every child should learn about Ms. Keller.

    • DeborahDian profile imageAUTHOR

      Deborah Carr 

      4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Yes, there are very few people who are more inspirational than Helen Keller! This is a fabulous book for children.

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      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      Great review and great inspirational person!

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      4 years ago

      I also love reading biographies and get inspired by them.

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      4 years ago

      The ValueTales biographies for children are a wonderful addition to their reading selection.


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