Louis Braille was only four years old when an accident left him sightless. Through the kindness and notice of his provincial village, he was granted a scholarship to the only existing school for the blind-the Royal Institute of the Blind; there he was introduced to a still-imperfect method of writing with dashes and dots. Staying up late for nights on end, Louis toyed and reworked this system hundreds of times over, before settling on its current form. He was only 15 years old. Beautifully written with delicate pencil illustrations, this book details the life of one of France's national heroes. This vivid biography is recommended for grades 3-8. 81 pages, indexed.