on 26 February 2008
After my daughter read this book - she had loads of questions to ask. So we were able to explore how people became blind, France and Paris, how to make a saddle and why you need them. Even the morse code. At the very end my daughter said to me - "is this real life". I think the message was put across very well in an understandable way for young children. Definately a recommended read.
on 21 March 2015
I bought this book about Louis Braille as I am very interested about Louis Braille and how he developed the system for blind people to read and write.
He went blind at the age of 3 in one eye after he was poked in the eye with an awl. He later went blind in the other eye after the infection spread to his good eye. He was completely blind by the age of 5.
Louis met a French soldier called Charles Barbier who invented a system with raised dots and dashes for soldiers to send secret messages to each other. Louis took the code away with him to try the code out. He though it was too complicated, so he thought there was an easier way of devising a system. He eventually shortened the code from a 12 dot cell to a 6 dot cell.
Louis became a teacher when he grew up and taught braille. He died of TB at the age of 43. His system wasn't used for almost 20 years after his death.
The book is only 48 pages long. It has large print in it with cartoon images of Louis Braille and his life.
It will only take you 15 minutes to read the book. I just read it again when I am waiting for a bus as it passes the time on.
I would strongly recommend this book to anybody who has an interest in Louis Braille and how he invented the system. It is good value for money.
on 13 November 2006
From the popular Famous People/Famous Lives series of books: No. 6 - LOUIS BRAILLE.
'As a small child, Louis Braille goes blind. This doesn't stop him and he is soon at school. But it isn't easy for him so he develops a special system that allows blind people everywhere to read and write.'
48 high quality pages in a clear, easy-to-read text and appealing black and white illustrations, finishing with a useful timeline, details just enough information to keep the attention of the younger child and make a lasting impression.