Louis Braille: The Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind

A poignant story of the man who developed the Braille system of printing for the blind.
Louis Braille The Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind A poignant story of the man who developed the Braille system of printing for the blind

  • Title: Louis Braille: The Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind
  • Author: Margaret Davidson Janet Compere
  • ISBN: 9780590443500
  • Page: 371
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Louis Braille: The Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind”

    1. I read this book during primary school, remembered loving it and now it's on the list for my daughters to read, love that books go full circle. Think it's time to re read after glancing at other reviews.

    2. I read this for Willa's book club and found it to be much more fun than I thought it would be. There is a certain value in reading a book that the authors have made an effort to write in clear and simple terms for an audience of children. And many biographies may be better that way anyway. I'm much more interested in the quick take of Louis Braille than the academic delving of historians that care too much about minutiae.

    3. This is a very short book telling about the extraordinary and short life of Louis Braille, the developer of the reading system for the blind. He came up with the ultimate in finger pad reading at the age of 15 much to the chagrin of all the adults around him. Inspiring story.

    4. كتاب رائع لأول مرة اعرف المعاناة التي قاسها لويس برايل مبتكر الحروف الابجدية للمكفوفين حقاً ان المبدع حتى يثمر ابداعه بالمجتمع يمر بتجاربٍ قاسية

    5. I liked it. I know who he is and what he did for the Blind but not his story and how he created the Braille. He faced a lot of tragedy and rejections in life. But he never gives up because of his passion for reading.

    6. An Eye Opening Book on a Boy Who Taught the World a New Way to See Having read several of Margaret Davidson's books, I admit I have a certain brand loyalty, an admiration for her writing. I heartily recommend anything by Ms. Davidson, and this little book is no exception. As with her biography on Thomas A. Edison, the subject of this book had to overcome great obstacles. As Ms. Davidson points out, the blind (and the deaf, for that matter) were often not considered able to be taught. Young Louis [...]

    7. Really awesome book. Very short and meant for elementary school students, it glosses over Louis Braille's life quickly, but easily understandable. I think the best part of this book is the back cover has the braille alphabet punched out next to the actual printed alphabet.I really want to find a more in depth book, but this was a fantastic start. I am 21 and enjoyed this book. I recommend it for anyone who wants to learn a little more about the origins of the Braille alphabet. Read in 30 minutes [...]

    8. I loved learning more about Louis Braille (what an amazing child!), and can't wait to share his story with my kids. What a great reminder that nothing is impossible, and that you can do anything that you want to, even if you are young, at a disadvantage socially/physically, or with whatever your circumstances throw at you.

    9. I think this book was a great non-fiction text. It had so very emotional parts, but that is what books are for.I would request this book to anyone who would like to read it!!👍👌👍

    10. Louis BrailleBy: AchrafThe heartbreaking non-fiction book, “Louis Braille,” is a wonderful piece of writing written by the gifted author Margaret Davidson. To begin with, this marvelous book mainly focuses on how Louis Braille used his perseverance to learn and work hard until his big achievement. As a matter of fact, Louis was a young three year old that lived in Coupvray, France. He was able to see everything around him from the beautiful sky to the humming birds. However, when he was five [...]

    11. The style is very appropriate and sweet for children. The author makes brighter the sad hard story of Louis Braille

    12. I thought this book was very well written. It is sad all the trials Louis Braille went through, but he over came those trials and even invented the Braille alphabet, which was a better way and faster way for blind people to read. This was a very good book.

    13. I read this to my 6 year old son, and he regularly asked for "just one more chapter", and well as asking me to read it several times out of the blue. It brought up all sorts of conversation, and I can tell it really touched my son. For these reasons, I give it 4 stars.

    14. Summary: This book tells about the life of a boy who became blind by the age of three, Louis Braille. He went to school, was determined to learn rather than just rely on his memory, and wanted to be like everyone else as much as possible. Most of his disabled counterparts were outcasts, but Louis was determined to read and learn even though he was blind. He eventually invented the raised dot alphabet, or Braille. Even though Louis was blind, he found a way to experience and make the most out of [...]

    15. This is a biography for intermediate readers. This book is about Louis Braille, in case you couldn’t tell from the title. When he was about 15 years old he came up with a way for blind people to read, the system he invented is now called Braille. Louis was blind and he wanted to read, but the only way for blind people to read in those days was raised print. Just because he could feel the letters doesn’t mean he could read well. Too many letters were hard to tell apart and so he decided to co [...]

    16. When I first learned the braille alphabet, it was out of adversity: I had recently discovered that my daughter Megan was losing her eyesight due to Ritinitis Pigmentosa. This experience wasn't a new to me. I had previously reacted to the shock of learning of her deafness by teaching myself the alphabet of ASL, American Sign Language. So, it was about time I learned about the life of the Braille and the writing system my daughter now knows. I can never aspire to her ability in ASL and Braille, bu [...]

    17. i like Louis Braille because it brought me knowledge about someone i didnt know and would love to know more about. i think it is amazing that a fifth-teen year old boy could succeed where many great man have failed. with the new alphabet that he made i find it hard for so many people to turn down his great invention with out having the full understanding of if it works, how it works, and whether or not they can actually use it and start to print books for the blind. through hard work and patienc [...]

    18. While reading this to the kids (a chapter a day for school), I had to sneak ahead and keep reading until I had finished! It's simple enough for younger readers (7-10) to read silently, but considering the traumatic beginning as it describes the cause of Louis' blindness, I do think it's one best read aloud, for discussion and the comfort of the young listeners.Aside from one unnecessary suicidal lament ("'Sometimes I think I'll kill myself if I don't succeed,'" as quoted on pg. 45), this was a g [...]

    19. This biography is a simple read that will give young people a good understanding of who Louis Braille was and the great contribution he made to help the blind be able to read books. I learned many interesting facts about Louis Braille, the first of which was that he was not born blind. The most impressive part of his story was his dedication to the idea of finding a way to help blind people readt just short texts, or school books, but to be able to enjoy a variety of reading. Louis had such a p [...]

    20. "Louis Braille" recounts the story behind the creation of the Braille alphabet for the blind. The book starts with the story of Louis and how he became blind. The author uses foreshadowing of an accident when Louis promises not to touch his father's tools with, "But promises are hard to keep" that made an impression on me. The book goes on to detail his studies which were unheard of for anyone with his disability. His development of an alphabet allowed him to continue is studies but when he trie [...]

    21. Louis Braille is a short, simple, though in-depth book written for young children about Louis Braille. When young Louis was only three years old, he disobeyed his father and used a sharp awl. It slipped and hit his eye, and soon both eyes were infected. Several years later, he had the opportunity to go to a school for the blind in Paris, and was excited to finally be able to learn to read. What a disappointment to find that the only books available for him were a very few with raised letters, wh [...]

    22. This biography is an inspirational story. This young boy wanted to learn to read books so badly that he worked tirelessly to develop a way for blind people to do that. Once he developed his raised dot alphabet, he had such a hard time getting people to accept it. Then he got sick with tuberculosis, and he still worked hard as a teacher and created books for blind people to read. Kids will be able to appreciate what Louis Braille accomplished and relate that to challenges of their own.

    23. I'll never forget the story of Braille. I must have memorized all the details already. Very nice! Very inspiring. It would be a shame for any normal person to be apathetic towards life. With this impairment of Braile and his being proactive is a wake up call for us who wait for the rest of the world to solve even the tiniest and most insignificant problem.

    24. A well-written biography, this book follows the life of Louis Braille and tells the story of how Braille, writing for the blind, came to be. It demonstrates the importance of perseverance and confidence as well as overcoming obstacles. I really enjoyed this story and if you are looking for an easy biography, this is a very good read.

    25. A remarkable young man! Never knew much about him but this book gave a little bit of an insight about his life. Of course it is a children's books. It wasn't bogged down with details and it went straight to the point. I liked that. A very good book for a children who are progressing in their reading journey! :)

    26. Fascinating true story of a Louis who became blind through accident and infection as a child and who later developed the Braille system in spite of opposition from his teachers and superiors. Excellent read for young and old.

    27. This was another book order book. This was another book that I read over and over again. I still get the awful horrible cringing feeling whenever I remember Louis using that sharp tool (was it an awl?) and it slipping and stabbing him in the eye. GROSS! Poor kid.

    28. Borrowed this book from my grandson, Ewan. Hope he enjoys it as much as I did. Some people sacrifice so much in life to make the world a better place for others. Thanks to Louis, a person of courage and persistence.

    29. A young boy invented a way for the blind to read at the age of 15. A very good non fiction biography. He was blind himself and he really wanted to read. It made me think about the world in a different way-

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