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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 670L (What's this?)
  • Series: AWARDS: Arkansas Diamond Primary Awards 2011-2012
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; First Edition edition (February 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786851414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786851416
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #572,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. Grade 3–8—Once again Rappaport celebrates a noble, heroic life in powerful, succinct prose, with prominent, well-chosen, and judiciously placed quotes that both instruct and inspire. From her lonely childhood to her transformative education in Europe and marriage to Franklin Roosevelt, the subject is portrayed as a serious, intelligent, hardworking humanitarian. Despite the picture-book format, students get enough background and information to appreciate the woman's outstanding qualities and contributions as well as enough details for reports. As in Martin's Big Words (2001) and Abe's Honest Words (2008, both Hyperion), each spread features the winning combination of the author's text, the subject's quotes, and evocative artwork. Personal notes from the author and illustrator are appended. The evocative pictures tell the story of both the subject and her country. Kelley's subtle use of contrast, such as Roosevelt's posh townhouse juxtaposed against a poorly lit tenement or Marian Anderson, clad in black, in front of the Lincoln Memorial, is quite powerful. Celebrate women in history and in politics with this picture-book life.—Barbara Auerbach, New York City Public Schools
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*Starred Review* Even familiar political figures can get bold new treatments, as this dramatic picture-book biography shows. The wordless cover, featuring only the face of Eleanor Roosevelt, her expression one of hope mixed with purpose, immediately captures attention. Before the story begins, a double-page spread is offered with just the quote, “Do something every day that scares you.” The book then opens with glimpses of Eleanor’s early life: her mother thought her ugly, too serious, and called her Granny. After her parents’ death, she moved in with her grandmother, who “did everything she thought was right for a little girl except hug and kiss her.” The narrative moves swiftly through the important moments in Roosevelt’s life, including marriage and family, but along with accomplishments, Rappaport does something more subtle—she shows the way Eleanor grew into herself. Crisp sentences focus the narrative and are bolstered by the quotes that end each page. If the text has a smart spareness to it, the accompanying art is composed of rich, beautifully crafted paintings that also catch Roosevelt’s growing sense of purpose. There are a few quibbles—the quotes could have been more clearly sourced, and there’s no mention of FDR’s affairs, an important reason for Eleanor’s growth—but overall, this is an exciting introduction to a well-loved leader. Grades 2-5. --Ilene Cooper

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Yana V. Rodgers on February 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Eleanor Roosevelt stands out in American history as a tireless advocate for social justice, human rights, and equality. Her remarkable career as First Lady of the United States, speaker, author, activist, and diplomat stands in contrast to her upbringing as a deeply insecure, shy, and unhappy child. She grew up in a household rich in financial wealth but poor in affection and love, and her parents both died when she was young.

At the age of 15, under the guidance of a progressive teacher, Eleanor reached a turning point in terms of developing a true sense of self-assurance and a resolve to speak her mind. For the rest of her life she continued to advocate for change in an array of profound social issues, including child labor, racism, mental illness among war veterans, gender equality in the labor market, a social safety net during the Great Depression, and human rights all over the world.

Eleanor, Quiet No More: The Life of Eleanor Roosevelt is a superb book that makes Eleanor Roosevelt's story accessible to younger readers. Gary Kelley's illustrations are not only aesthetically pleasing, but they also communicate a wealth of substantive content regarding Eleanor's upbringing and her political activities. Doreen Rappaport expertly weaves together her informative text with a set of moving quotations from Eleanor's speeches and writings. This book is highly recommended without any reservation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. B. Glass on August 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This year, my family has been interested in the Roosevelts. My husband and I are watching an old PBS documentary about Franklin. My daughter already knew a little bit about Franklin and Eleanor because they are characters in one of her favorite movies, [i]Annie[/i]. I chose this book for my oldest daughter, who is almost 5, and we read it together.

The book was a great overview of Eleanor's life, which begins rather sadly but ends in triumph. The book does not shy away from the fact that Eleanor spent several portions of her life dealing with unhappy or unkind relatives, first those who raised her and later her mother-in-law. This was a little difficult for my daughter to grasp, but an interesting spark to a conversation about different types of family backgrounds. Similarly, reading this book read to conversations about segregation and racial inequality, subjects which we have not discussed in detail before.

I enjoyed the read, probably more than my daughter did, but that's okay. The illustrations are beautiful but I regret that they're so dour. The overall tone of the book is celebratory of Eleanor's accomplishments, and the pictures, while gorgeous, did not reflect the spirit of the book as much as i'd like them to.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I think "Eleanor Roosevelt, Quiet No More" is a great book. Eleanor spoke her mind and was a very strong speaker. My favorite qoute was, "Do what you feel is right for you'll be criticized anyway." My only criticism of the book is that Doreen Rappaport doesn't mention Eleanor's children much since this is a children's book. There's beautiful artwork in the book and I also like that there's no writing on the front cover. It would have been nice if the author gave the illustrator a chance to include a family portrait.
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More About the Author

Doreen Rappaport is known for her ground-breaking approach to multicultural history and stories for young readers. In her many award-winning books, she brings attention to not-yet-celebrated Americans, along with well-known figures.

A former teacher of music and reading, Doreen knows how to capture children's attention. Her dynamic formats engage even the most reluctant readers.

Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is an Orbis Pictus Honor Book, Coretta Scott King Honor Book, Caldecott Honor Book for Illustration, ALA Notable Book, and is on the Blue Ribbon list of the Bulletin Center for Children's Books.

We Are The Many: A Picture Book of American Indians, introduces the accomplishments of sixteen distinguished American Indians.

Her classic Escape From Slavery presents the history of the Underground Railroad through adventure stories.

The Boston Coffee Party introduces children to a neglected event in history books and shows the active roles played by women during the Revolutionary War.

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