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A natural follow-up to Freedman's biography of FDR, this impeccably researched, highly readable study of one of this country's greatest First Ladies is nonfiction at its best. As a role model for girls and an inspiration to both genders, Eleanor Roosevelt remains unsurpassed. Freedman relates how she transcended both an unhappy childhood (her parents separated when she was six; her mother died when Eleanor was eight, and her father, an alcoholic, died two years later) and a timid nature to become one of the most outspoken, vigorous, highly regarded women in history. The vast range of her interests and activities--journalism, politics and social activism--becomes even more remarkable as the author deftly considers Eleanor Roosevelt's times and her social milieu. Approximately 140 well-chosen black-and-white photos amplify the text. Freedman writes both authoritatively and compellingly, and the Eleanor that emerges is a complex, flesh-and-blood individual, not a dull heroine of textbook history. He also deals plainly with some of the more sordid aspects of the Roosevelts' married life (namely FDR's infidelity), but he never sensationalizes, and his honesty and candor signal his respect for his subject and for his readers. This biography cannot be recommended highly enough. Ages 9-up.
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Grade 6-12-Fans of Eleanor Roosevelt will enjoy this detailed anecdotal record of her life, while those unfamiliar with her life will count themselves among her admirers by the end of their listening. Barbara Caruso ably narrates Eleanor's transformation from shy and gawky young girl to internationally known world traveler and major political force. Convinced that what she wanted from life could only be attained by "the opportunity for doing something useful," Eleanor seized every chance afforded her by her position as wife of the president to work for peace and prosperity both at home and overseas. Caruso's matter-of-fact tone matches Mrs. Roosevelt's personality. Her reading is crisp and no-nonsense-a good choice for conveying Roosevelt's pragmatic and self-effacing character. Listeners will want to take a look at Russell Freedman's book (Clarion, 1993) for the many splendid black-and-white photographs it contains. Highly recommended for both school and public library collections.ACindy Lombardo, Ashland Public Library, OH
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
As a fan, still, of Eleanor Roosevelt, I was anxious to read her words and see how they would encourage this writer in her quest. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Goody Two Shoes
This is for a little older a child than the one I ordered it for, but it's a great introduction to Eleanor Roosevelt for a child of around 9 or 10.Published 6 months ago by Judith Schechter
Bought the book for my Mom. She liked it. She said it was very informative. Large print. She's an Eleanor Roosevelt fan.Published 7 months ago by ANTONIO R FONTECCHIO
Reading all the Newberry winners and this is one. Tried to read the whole book but wasn't in the mood for it. So skimmed part of it. Would be good for a biography school project.Published 11 months ago by Aunt Deb
This was interesting and easy to read. I enjoyed it as much as my middle-schooler did!Published 13 months ago by Kelly
This book offers meaningful insight into one of the great women of recent history. It is easy reading with complex content. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Cynthia S. Prante
I ordered this for my daughters biography project for 5th grade. It was easy for her to read and she got an A on the project!Published 16 months ago by TripleH
I'd studied the Roosevelt era, watched movies about Franklin Roosevelt's presidency, knew that Eleanor Roosevelt was a very bright, articulate and "headstrong" wife... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Norma S