Jen Bryant Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille

Last updated: July 8, 2019


Jen Bryant’s "Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille" is an inspirational story about the young inventor who changed the world with his communication system. It also teaches readers about the power of will and the importance of love and support. The story itself is not written in braille.

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Product Details

In our analysis of 21 expert reviews, the Jen Bryant Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille placed 6th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Gr 1–4—This picture book biography of Louis Braille (1809–59) strikes a perfect balance between the seriousness of Braille’s life and the exuberance he projected out into the world. The text highlights Braille’s determination to pursue an education. Readers will learn how he attended the Royal School in Paris and was frustrated by the lack of books for the blind, an obstacle that set him off on a long quest to invent an accessible reading system. Braille ultimately found success by simplifying a military coding technique that had earlier been introduced but was far too complex. The focus on Braille as one of the world’s great inventors is apt, and by taking a close look at his childhood, his family, and his experiences as a young person, Bryant makes Braille’s story even more powerful. She writes from his perspective, which brings a level of intimacy sure to resonate with readers. Kulikov’s mixed-media artwork mirrors and magnifies the text, keeping the spotlight solidly on young Braille and his world as he moves through it. VERDICT An engaging and moving account of an inventor, a solid addition for elementary collections.—Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA

Expert Reviews


What reviewers liked

On the whole, though, this is a welcome addition to the available literature. As Bryant states, “The name Braille deserves to be on everyone’s list of great inventors,” and this book ably demonstrates why.
An inspiring look at a child inventor whose drive and intelligence changed to world—for the blind and sighted alike
The focus on Braille as one of the world’s great inventors is apt, and by taking a close look at his childhood, his family, and his experiences as a young person, Bryant makes Braille’s story even more powerful.
This is a story that will inspire all ages. Braille not only overcame adversity with pluck and ingenuity, but did so in a way that made the world a better place for millions. Today Braille is celebrated around the world.
Six Dots is not only a story about braille – it is also a story about reading, and about the power of education and the support and love of family.
Boris Kulikov’s inspired paintings help readers to understand what Louis lost, and what he was determined to gain back through books.
I always love when books inspire one (myself included) to want to go and learn more about a topic or person. This book will certainly generate more curiosity in Louis Braille and the language system.
Louis Braille was a much loved child who enjoyed exploring his world and learning new skills. When he was three he learned to count, and to memorize stories.
An inspiring look at a child inventor whose drive and intelligence changed the world—for the blind and sighted alike.

What reviewers didn't like

When the day came Louis was so excited, but when he finally touched the pages he discovered that there were raised letters on the pages that were as large as his hand, which meant that there were very few sentences on each page. It was a crushing disappointed.
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