"A touching, believable story with strong characterizations and sense of place."– The Horn Book
"Gloria Whelan offers a warm, believable picture of a blind child as she takes her first steps on the long road toward independence."– The Braille Monitor
"Nine-year-old Hannah, living on a farm in 1887 Michigan, is referred to as ‘poor Hannah’ because she is blind. In this brief historical novel, Hannah tells of a turning point in her life when Miss Robbin, the new teacher, comes to board with them and eventually persuades the family to let Hannah attend school. A touching, believable story with strong characterizations and sense of place."–Horn Book.