Good morning principal, teachers and fellow schoolmates, I am Alvin Bau from class 3B and I am delighted to get this opportunity of sharing my favourite book with you.
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart”. Do you know who said these words? These words were said by a famous person who was blind and deaf. Her name was Helen Keller. Have you ever heard of Helen Keller? Helen Keller was an American author, political activist and lecturer. She was the first deaf blind person to earn a bachelor of art degree. She is one of the greatest inspirations this world had and despite the fact that she is no longer alive, she continues to be an inspiration. Today, I am going to share a book written by Helen Keller called “the story of my life”.
Helen Keller was born with the ability to see and hear. But unfortunately at 19 months, she contracted an illness that left her both deaf and blind.
This book is an autobiography of Helen Keller detailing her early life, especially her experiences with Anne Sullivan and how she overcame mental obstacles under her tutor Anne Sullivan’s help. Anne Sullivan arrived at Keller’s house in March 1887, and immediately began to teach Helen to communicate by spelling words into her hand, beginning with “d-o-l-l” for the doll that she had brought Keller as a present. Keller was frustrated, at first, because she did not understand that every object had a word uniquely identifying it. In fact, when Sullivan was trying to teach Keller the word for “mug”, Keller became so frustrated she broke the mugl. Keller’s big breakthrough in communication came the next month, when she realized that motions her teacher was making on the palm of her hand, while running cool water over her other hand, symbolized the idea of “water”. When Helen understood this, she was delighted and then her curiosity knew no limits. In her book she says, “That living word awakened my soul, gave it light, hope, joy, set it free. With Sullivan’s patience, Keller could finally enter the university and become a successful woman.
To conclude, Hellen Keller has become a role model due to her perseverance. The book “Story of My Life” is a story of courage and determination and a work of inspirational literature. If you want to know more about his belief, this book is highly recommended to you. I hope you can learn from her experience as I did.
I would like to end this sharing with a very powerful message from this book – “Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow.”