This picturebook biography is an excellent and accessible introduction for young readers to learn about one of the world's most influential luminaries. With her signature style, weaving engrossing prose with stirring quotations from Helen Keller herself, Doreen Rappaport brings a poignant narrative to life. Acclaimed illustrator Matt Tavares beautifully captures the dynamism and verve of Helen Keller's life and legacy, making Helen's Big World an unforgettable portrait of a woman whose vision for invation and progress changed America-and the world-forever. Praise for Helen's Big World * Stirring and awe-inspiring. -The Horn Book, starred review Helen Keller's transcendent leap across the barriers of her blindness and deafness continues to inspire. -Kirkus Reviews * While there are many books available about Helen Keller for this age group, this title offers a unique and beautiful perspective on her life. -School Library Journal, starred review Praise for the Big Words series: Martin's Big Words- 2002 Caldecott Hor Book- 2002 Coretta Scott King Hor Book- Child Magazine Best Book of 2001- New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children's Book of 2001 * A stunning, reverent tribute. -School Library Journal, starred review Abe's Honest Words* Exceptional art, along with Rappaport's and Lincoln's words, makes this a fine celebration of a man who needs little introduction. -Booklist, starred review Jack's Path of Courage An evenhanded, graphically stirring biography. -Publishers Weekly Elear, Quiet No More* Once again Rappaport celebrates a ble, heroic life in powerful, succinct prose, with prominent, well-chosen, and judiciously placed quotes that both instruct and inspire...Celebrate women in history and in politics with this picture-book life. -School Library Journal, starred review To Dare Mighty Things* [T]his lavish picture-book biography deftly captures the legendary man's bold, exuberant nature. . . . A truly inspiring tribute to a seemingly larger-than-life U.S. president. -Kirkus Reviews, starred review * Theodore Roosevelt's big ideas and big personality come together in this splendid picture-book biography. -Booklist, starred review * Concisely written and yet poetic, this is a first purchase for every library. -School Library Journal, starred review
Doreen Rappaport's nonfiction and historical fiction books have been acclaimed for their meticulous research and varied literary styles. She is the recipient of the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild lifetime achievement award for the writing of nonfiction. Among her many award-winning biographies are Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., illustrated by Bryan Collier, a Caldecott Honor Book, Coretta Scott King Honor Book, Orbis Pictus Honor Book, and a Jane Addams Children's Book Award winner; Abe's Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, a CCBC Best Book of the Year and an IRA Teacher's Choice; and Jack's Path of Courage: The Life of John F. Kennedy, illustrated by Matt Tavares. She lives and writes in upstate New York. Visit her at www.doreenrappaport.com. Matt Tavares (www.matttavares.com) is the illustrator of several books, including 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, Jack and the Beanstalk, written by E. Nesbit, The Gingerbread Pirates, written by Kristin Kladstrup, and Jack's Path of Courage: The Life of John F. Kennedy, written by Doreen Rappaport. His books have won several awards, including four Parents' Choice Gold Awards, a Parents' Choice Silver Honor, six Oppenheim Gold Seal Awards, and an Orbis Pictus Honor. His illustrations have been exhibited at the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators, and at the Brandywine River Museum. Matt lives in Maine with his wife and two daughters.