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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 740L (What's this?)
  • Series: AWARDS: Texas Bluebonnet Master List 2012-2013
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray; First Edition edition (January 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780061852831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061852831
  • ASIN: 006185283X
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 7.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It’s hard to believe life for Audrey Hepburn was ever anything but smart clothes, quirky expressions, and wistful gazes into the eyes of Cary Grant, but Cardillo makes a strong case to the contrary. Growing up in WWII–era Europe, Audrey wanted only to be a dancer, but the other girls made fun of her physical hurdles: “She was too tall, her feet were too big, and her neck was too long,” and “her eyes seemed too big for her head.” Young readers will get the message: these were precisely the traits that made Audrey an iconic beauty as an adult. In short order, she was spotted by entertainment heavyweights for her je ne sais quoi and quickly catapulted to fame. Denos’ soft pastel illustrations cut just the right Audrey outline (complete with flapping neck scarf), and fans will especially enjoy picking out the movie roles depicted in a two-page spread of costumes. Her later humanitarian deeds are given their due, but it is Audrey’s simple kindness that is emphasized throughout. Grades 1-3. --Daniel Kraus

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“Denos’ soft pastel illustrations cut just the right Audrey outline (complete with flapping neck scarf), and fans will especially enjoy picking out the movie roles depicted in a two-page spread of costumes.” (Booklist)

“Audrey Hepburn proves as irresistible a character in the pages of a children’s book as she is in those soigné roles of the silver screen.” (Publishers Weekly)

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Any Audrey fan, ever, will adore this book.
LauraB
Just Being Audrey is a beautifully written and illustrated children's book and a special gift to older generations who have grown up loving Audrey Hepburn.
Judy Baker
I bought this book for my 6 year old daughter, its a great bed time story.
Laura

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Judy Baker on February 6, 2011
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Just Being Audrey proves to be one of those relatively rare cases where the author and illustrator are completely in synch regarding the theme and tone of the book. Author Margaret Cardillo writes like she has always known Audrey Hepburn by heart and after extensive research by the author and illustrator, Julia Denos, the two artists bring her best qualities to life for a new generation of readers.

To be kind above all, a message Hepburn's mother, a baroness, instilled in Audrey, is timely in our age of a disturbing increase in bullying as a result of ignorance of differences and issues of diversity. It is a welcome theme throughout the book and one that children respond very well to. Audrey always felt different, but with her mother's significant encouragement we learn how she turns her unique qualities into strength of character. It is her strength of spirit that forges an unforgettable film career as well as a life that is dedicated to her own cherished children and, later in life, to children around the globe through UNICEF.

Just Being Audrey is a beautifully written and illustrated children's book and a special gift to older generations who have grown up loving Audrey Hepburn.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Modern Gal on March 29, 2011
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A beautiful book about a BEAUTIFUL person. The words and illustrations are as timeless as our Audrey. I am ordering another set of copies for Mother's Day and Easter presents. THANK YOU Margaret Cardillo and Julio Denos for your sincere and amazing work. There's hope for the young girls out there!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Mac on January 28, 2011
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I preordered this book and received this delightful book yesterday, 1/27/11. I took it to show my students that I tutor the same day. We read the book together. One of my students wants to be a dancer, another an actress and the others were introduced to this time period for the first time. All were impressed with her "courage", while the two aforementioned wanted their own copy. I hope to place one of the copies I purchased in the school library. I will be looking forward to more books done by this author and illustrator-especially biographies that demonstrate the 'choice of hope over sorrow'. (PFM)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Sack VINE VOICE on November 2, 2011
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This is a charming children's biography of actress and human rights activist Audrey Hepburn. In 32 pages kids can learn about the life of Audrey Hepburn. It covers her childhood, motherhood, career and life work with UNIFECF. Audrey had many great characteristics that kids today should strive for including hard work; kindness; helping others; and self-acceptance. This book would be helpful in report writing as well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brynnlux on June 8, 2011
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This is a great book for introducing Audrey Hepburn to a younger generation. I bought this book partly for myself and partly because I just found out that I'm pregnant with a little girl! So I can't wait to read it read it to my little girl, who I am naming Audrey! Its all about being yourself, even if you are different, in a world where people all try to be the same. I think that is a positive message for children, especially girls, today!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LauraB on August 3, 2011
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Any Audrey fan, ever, will adore this book. The illustrations perfectly capture her inner sparkle and the text focuses on the kindness of her heart and actions, which is what made her truly remarkable and beautiful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By nare on March 24, 2011
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it's a beautiful book for childrens and adults!! the ilustrations are so nice and the history of Audrey is very well told
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RK Tolbert on May 27, 2013
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This book encourages young girls to be true to themselves, and that you can do a lot with very little if you put your imagination into it. I adore the artwork and I feel this little book pays a lovely tribute to Audrey Hepburn.
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