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Just Being Audrey by Margaret Cardillo

Just Being Audrey (original 2011; edition 2011)

by Margaret Cardillo, Julia Denos (Illustrator)

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Title:Just Being Audrey
Authors:Margaret Cardillo
Other authors:Julia Denos (Illustrator)
Info:Balzer Bray (2011), Hardcover, 32 pages
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Just Being Audrey by Margaret Cardillo (2011)



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This was a beautifully illustrated biography of Audrey Hepburn. As much as I had admired her work in film, I was unaware of what she had experienced as a child during World War II and her later work with UNICEF and the United Nations. I love the theme of perseverance and staying true to oneself. I also loved how the author focused on her qualities as a good human being, more so than her beauty or success as an actress. This would be a great book to give a child to read who is maybe struggling with not being "traditionally" attractive. It would also be a good book to talk about being comfortable in your own skin.
Reading Level: 2.8 Interest Level: K-3 ( )
  TaraKennedy | Mar 12, 2015 |
The life story of Audrey Hepburn. It tells of how she grew up and how she always wanted to be a ballerina, but because she didn't have the body for such a dream she had to find something else. That was when she then went into acting and doing musicals. Audrey always had a fashion style of her own which made her stand out to the rest of the stars. After her fame and building her own family Audrey joined a group to help unfortunate children. She lived her life to the fullest and this book shows the very nature of it all. ( )
  amccann | Jan 7, 2015 |
This book is about Audrey Hepburn and how she became a famous actress. Audrey had her own style that became so popular that her "look" is still popular to this day. ( )
  Y-NhiVu | Nov 27, 2014 |
Summary: Just like Audry to do here own thing! This is a biography book about a famous actress name Audry Hepburn. When she was younger she wanted to be ballerina. The kids made fun of her during her ballerina practice but she never let that bother her. When the WWII broke out she fled to Holland. While in hiding Audry taught others how to dance. When the war was over she had her mother moved to London. She realize she couldn't be a ballerina, so she went to acting. She landed small roles. Her roles took her to France and New York. While doing Broadway she was noticed. By the time the movie came out she was noticed everywhere and won an Oscar. She loved spending time with her two small son's. She was also make spaghetti for the film crew. After her children were grown she used her fame and became a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. She also was awarded the honor a person can receive, which was the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1992.
Personal Reaction: This book was colorful and very detailed about Audry. She had style, grace, and never let anyone control her faith. Now I'm glad I read this because she has encourage me not to Give up!
Classroom extension:
1. Have a movie day with the student and watch a Audry Hepburn movie.
2. Read and study about WWII. Have the children describe what it is like to them in that time and also tell what they would of did if they lived during WWII. Would you let it stop you from your dreams.
  valhaitshan | Nov 19, 2014 |
This is the story of Audrey Hepburn. As a child, she wanted nothing more than to be a ballerina, but with her height no amount of practice could help. She decided to try acting after WWII. She was a hit!! She opened as the lead role GiGi in her first ever performance on Broadway. She landed role after role as a variety of characters. However, she was far more than an actress, she was an inspiration. She was a kind actress who cooked spaghetti for the cast and crew. Although she starred in more than two dozen movies, she was a mother of two boys, and spent most of her time with them. In 1988 she became the Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF, which is the same organization that helped her and her family back in WWII. Her finest performance was in 1989 when she spoke to congress for UNICEF. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1992. Her legacy remains, she chose hope over sorrow, showed kindness to others, helped people all over the world, and her movies were absolutely lovely.
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I love Audrey Hepburn. This book shed light on aspects of her life that I never knew about, like her wanting to be a ballerina. She is a great role model, not just in her acting, but in the way she lived her life.
Classroom Extension
1. Take a virtual tour of Hollywood, and watch her first performance.
2. Read this book while learning about WWII.
  mnahardiman | Nov 11, 2014 |
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Short biography of actress Audrey Hepburn. Includes author's note, illustrator's note and timeline.

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