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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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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 |
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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.
Personal Reaction
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 |
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Short biography of actress Audrey Hepburn. Includes author's note, illustrator's note and timeline.

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