Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille

An inspiring biography of Louis Braille.

By Jen Bryant Illustrated by Boris Kulikov Read by Pete Cross Biographies & Memoirs / Children's Nonfiction / Historical English 25m Sell Sheet
Format Release Date List Price Your Price ISBN
1 Video DVD August 29, 2017 $38.99 $38.99 9781520079745 Add to Cart
									Louis Braille was just five years old when he lost his sight. He was a clever boy, determined to live like everyone else, and what he wanted more than anything was to be able to read. But even at the school for the blind in Paris, there were no books for him. And so he invented his own alphabet - a whole new system for writing that could be read by touch - a system so ingenious that it is still used by the blind community today. 

Award-winning writer Jen Bryant tells Braille's inspiring story with a lively and accessible text that's filled with the sounds, smells, and touch of Louis's world. Boris Kulikov's inspired paintings help viewers understand what Louis lost and what he was determined to gain back through books.

"Bryant's sensitive first-person narration draws readers intimately close to Braille's experiences...a stirring portrait of innovation and determination." - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"The focus on Braille as one of the world's great inventors is apt, and by taking a close look at his childhood, his family, and his experiences as a young person, Bryant makes Braille's story even more powerful." - School Library Journal, Starred Review

"This excellent production…is recommended for both school and public library collections." - Booklist, Starred Review

"An inspiring look at a child inventor whose drive and intelligence changed to world-for the blind and sighted alike." - Kirkus Reviews

"A Helen Keller quote kicks off this imaginative profile of inventor Louis Braille…this is a solid portrait of the teen inventor." - Video Librarian

"Readers will be floored by the sheer tenacity of Louis Braille." - Shelf Awareness

"Bryant's portrayal captures Louis's intelligence, determination, and tenacious desire for access to the written word. As Bryant states, 'The name Braille deserves to be on everyone's list of great inventors,' and this book ably demonstrates why." - The Horn Book Magazine

"Although many Braille biographies stress his disability, Bryant's title subtly emphasizes his creativity and celebrates him as an inventor, making this an excellent addition for STEM collections. Illustrations in Kulikov's signature style, light-hearted with a touch of tartness, deftly toggle between sun-washed scenes in which the world views Louis and blackened scenes in which Louis recreates the world he sees in his mind." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Starred Review

"This inspirational DVD makes an award-winning book accessible to all students while encouraging them to solve problems and create innovative solutions." - School Library Journal