Book review: Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille, by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Boris Kulikov

Bryant, Jen. Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille. Ill. by Boris Kulikov. Knopf. 2016. $17.99. 40p. ISBN 9780449813379. Ages 6-9. P7Q9

bryant-six-dotsYoung readers can learn about both the Braille alphabet and the courageous French man who created a way for the blind to read after he himself was blinded by an awl when he was young. The letters made from raised dots came from a French military code that also used patterns of dogs. Spreads also emphasize Braille’s focus on his hearing with line drawings on a black background characterizing the sounds. Particular delights come from Braille’s refusal to be discouraged by his handicap and his energy in working through problems. Using his perspective in telling the story, the book provides an intimate look into his life and work.

Fall 2016 review by Nel Ward.

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