I love true stories about incredible people that are presented in an engaging and accessible way for young readers and this story of Louis Braille is an absolute treat.
Louis Braille was a curious child, he loved to look at the world around him, his eyes flitting this way and that, there was so much to take in. After a terrible life-changing accident in his father’s workshop, Louis had to learn to navigate the world in a new way; listening, smelling and feeling his way around. This was fine, but there was something that bothered him, he had a desire to read and write on his own. When no-one was able to offer Louis what he wanted he set about coming up with his own solution, a solution that would change the world…
It is great to see the story of Louis Braille retold in an accurate and inspiring read for young children. Louis’ story is one of resilience, perseverance and not giving-up, especially when you hear the word, “Sorry.”
His desire to solve a problem was borne out of a frustration at not being able to do what he wanted and when he was presented with the beginnings of a way for the visually impaired to read he seized the opportunity to improve the idea. Battling against the odds and with no support, he endured unpleasant living conditions at school and suffered from illness but he would not be deterred. Working for many months, he would eventually achieve what he wanted at the age of fifteen. Louis Braille invented something that changed the world for those suffering with visual impairment and his creation of the Braille alphabet is up there with one of the greatest ever inventions.
The illustrations by Boris Kulikov are excellent. Many scenes show Louis navigating the world without his sight as he uses his other senses to understand the world around him. There is a lovely contrast between pages in full colour and those that are black with shadow outlines.
Additional features include; the Braille alphabet, a French word pronunciation guide, author’s note, a Q & A about Braille and a list of further resources.
Recommended for 6+.