How did a story book, 'Little Lord Fauntleroy' open a window of knowledge to Helen and help to shape her career?
The book "Little Lord Fauntleroy" dates the very beginning of Helen Keller's true interest in books.
She read parts of many books before reading this book but this was the first book of any consequence that she read with in-depth understanding.
The book was introduced to Helen by her teacher when she was reading 'The Scarlet Letter'. The teacher said to her that the book is about a small boy, whom she will like more that the character of Pearl in 'The Scarlet Letter'. And indeed, the book proved to be very impactful for Helen.
The book was her sweet and gentle companion all through her childhood. The book came out to be the stepping stone for Helen Keller's success and her career as the book instigated the desire to read in her. Mr. Anagnos embossed the story for Helen. She was so fascinated by the book that she read it again and again until she knew it by heart.
It was only after reading "Little Lord Fauntleroy" written by Frances Hodgson Burnett that she read other masterpieces such as Lamb's "Tales from Shakespeare," "A Child's History of England" by Dickens, "The Arabian Nights," "The Swiss Family Robinson," "The Pilgrim's Progress," "Robinson Crusoe," "Little Women," and "Heidi.