Out of Darkness: The Story of Louis Braille

by Russell Freedman

Paperback, 1998



Local notes

921 BRA (c.1)




Scholastic Inc (1998), Edition: 1st Printing, 80 pages


A biography of the nineteenth-century Frenchman who, having been blinded himself at the age of three, went on to develop a system of raised dots on paper that enabled blind people to read and write.


Young Hoosier Book Award (Nominee — Intermediate — 2000)
Utah Beehive Book Award (Nominee — Informational Books — 1999)
Kentucky Bluegrass Award (Nominee — Grades 4-8 — 1998)


Original publication date


Physical description

80 p.; 7.4 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member kdirks1
A simple, yet detailed account of one life who changed life for the blind for eternity makes for a great read. I absolutely love Freedman's writing style. He adds quite a bit of narration throughout the story, making history come to life. The drawings throughout the book go perfect with the content
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and have a soft undertone that reminds me of the French past.
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LibraryThing member SarahFromAmerica
Louis Braille, who was completely blind, attended the first-ever school for the blind in the world in Paris, France, and developed the Braille system from different writing systems as a student – including a type of military code. He refined the system throughout his life, but the first version
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was popular in his school when he was still a student there. Previously, people who were blind did not read or write at all. Books intended for the blind were rare as the way that they were printed was difficult and expensive. This book is from this days as a child losing his sight, to a once in a lifetime opportunity to attend school for people like him. Braille travels from his small village to the large city of Paris.
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