Focusing on the developing relationship between Helen Keller and the teacher Annie Sullivan, this evocative portrayal moves from Helen's initial dislike of the "stranger" to her realization that not only has she given her the gift of the world around her, but also of her love.
"Dion Graham's relaxed Southern voice is a perfect complement, enhanced with sound effects and music...the book's large size and Graham's narration combine to offer children a chance to pore over visual details.... Playing in the Negro Leagues was not always a bed of roses, but James Ransome's oil paintings highlight Paige's joi de vivre and joi de baseball."-School Library Journal
"...A ball made of a sock stuffed with rags. Bare feet. Does this sound like an auspicious beginning for "soccer's first star?" Ibsen Santos is an unobtrusive narrator who sets a leisurely pace and lets young listeners interact with both the text and the illustrations... Radio broadcasts of soccer games add ambiance to the production."-AudoFile