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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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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 |
Audrey Hepburn was always a little different looking than the rest of the girls. She was very tall and thin. She dreamed of being a ballerina, but when she was younger WWII had began. She was forced to hide out in a small house in the country till the war was over. After the war was over and she survived, Audrey and her mother moved to London where she would soon become a star. She began acting in small parts until she moved to New York City were she would really shine. She preformed on Broadway and in famous movies. Despite all of this, Audrey stayed humble and led a normal life.

I loved this book. It was short and sweet and the reader really got to know the famous actress. She is an inspiration for young girls everywhere to be who you are and it is okay to be different. I would like to have this book in my library for fun reading. ( )
  ashleyschifano | Oct 23, 2014 |
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This is a charming biography introducing Audrey Hepburn to the younger generation. As a young child Audrey grew up in a Nazi occupied Europe. She learns early on that kindness is the creates characteristic of a person. She wanted to be a prima ballerina and despite all the ridicule for being too tall to do ballet, she continued to dance. But when she figures out her dream of being the prima ballerina was not going to be a reality, Audrey then decided to try acting instead. She excelled and was one of the greatest actresses in the movie industry.

Personal Reaction:
I thought this was a good read. Audrey's story teaches young girls to accept their differences from others, to work hard for what they wanted, and to do the best they can. Even if you face troubles on the way to making your dream become a reality, keep pushing forward.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. Synonym match worksheet. Will have a list of different words from the text and students must match the word to the correct synonym.
2. Literature circles-in pairs discuss with classmates the text and will the write an imaginary interview on the different stages of Audrey Hepburn's life.
  MissSuzieQ | Apr 22, 2014 |
Just Being Audrey is one of the most adorable books I've seen. The paintings of Audrey Hepburn are beautiful. The book goes through Audrey as a young child through adult hood when she moved to New York to become an actress. I recommend this book to 3-5 grades. ( )
  aloupe | Apr 21, 2014 |
Summary: This is the story of the famous actress, Audrey Hepburn. While it is not as in depth as a full biography, this book gives a wonderful overview of what made Audrey who she was and the most important moments of her life.

Personal Reaction: All I ever knew about Audrey Hepburn was that she was beautiful actress. I never knew that she survived WWII, or even that she wasn't American. I know so much more about her and I respect her more than ever now, which is much more than I could do before reading this book.

Classroom Extensions:
1. Use this book as an introduction to timelines. Have students break into groups and create a timeline of Audrey's life as seen in the book. They should include anything they find important to her life.

2. Have students find quotes from Audrey, outside of lines in movies. Have them try to connect her quotes to her life. Why do you think she says this? What in her life do you think made her think this way? She has so many amazing quotes that students may be able to find more than one each!
  ElissaBroadaway | Apr 20, 2014 |
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