The Touch of Magic and The Story of My Life

by Lorena A. Hickok and Helen Keller

Mother/daughter book club

5.0 rating
August 19, 2020

I read this book prior to my daughter reading it for her book study this summer. She is my only public school student and wasn’t excited to read this, to be honest. Turns out, we both enjoyed it! “The Touch of Magic” was our favorite and we found the life of Annie Sullivan to be fascinating. Of course, Helen Keller in “The Story of my Life” was inspirational and heroic.


Annie and Helen

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June 18, 2020

Annie Sullivan had a very hard childhood. With her life experience, she was meant to teach Helen Keller. What an amazing pair they made! Annie sacrificed so much to give Helen an education.
I am in awe at the literary genius of Helen Keller. Even though she was blind and deaf, she could write beautifully, read literature in many different languages, and graduate from college. She couldn’t have done it without Annie. The two were inseparable, and so to combine their two stories into one volume is perfect in every way! You’ll be inspired by their perseverance, love of life and learning, and words of wisdom.


Wonderful Biographies of Two Incredible Women

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June 11, 2020

I really enjoyed learning so much more about the life of Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller. Annie Sullivan is a quiet hero who faced much hardship throughout her life. Despite her trials, she focused on bringing hope and life to someone else and was able to accomplish amazing things in the life of another because of her selflessness. Helen Keller was such a determined child and woman as well, and she recognized much of Annie’s sacrifice for her. The friendship and caring that these two women had for each other is beautiful to watch.

Lezlie-Anne I

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December 16, 2019

This book is amazing! I have learned so much! The writing caught my attention immediately! Fantastic book!


love this book!

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December 16, 2019

This book was very intriguing and my 15 year daughter learned a lot about Ann Sullivan and Helen Keller from it. Ann Sullivan is her new hero!

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Level 9

Helen Keller’s autobiography, The Story of My Life, is not only fascinating and inspiring, but it also includes wonderful description, an elevated vocabulary, and deep insights into life. Accompanying this autobiography is a beautifully written biography, The Touch of Magic, about Helen Keller’s teacher, Annie Sullivan. As a destitute, misbehaving orphan who is going blind, Annie experiences and overcomes the extreme trials in her life, which prepare her for the great work she does with Helen Keller.

270 pages

The Touch of Magic Level 8 Book Study is available to accompany this book.

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