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Eleanor (1996)

by Barbara Cooney

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Presents the childhood of Eleanor Roosevelt, who married a president of the United States and became known as a great humanitarian.

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This biography of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt tells the story of her privileged childhood. Even though she was raised around wealth, she often felt lonely growing up and did not relate to many people around her. She was often misunderstood. It wasn't until she moved to England to attend a boarding school that she found someone who inspired her. Mlle. Souvestre. taught her to think highly of herself and others and they traveled all around Europe together. ( )
  khmcalli | Oct 29, 2019 |
Barbara Cooney pens the the story of Elanor Roosevelt before she was a Roosevelt. As a young girl Elanor endured a great deal of hardships. Though she was privileged on the outside her private life was difficult and unstable. She overcame many obstacles to become the First Lady of the United States.
This text taught me a great deal about Elanor Roosevelt. I enjoyed the focus on her early life which was presented by the author. In fact it is only mentioned in a few paragraph excerpt at the back of the book that she eventually was the first Lady of the United States. I think it is such an interesting idea not to focus on the portion of her life which is not looked at very often. I enjoyed learning things which I did not know about a person I thought I knew a great deal about. ( )
  lsiben | Mar 24, 2019 |
If you are hoping to gain information about Eleanor Roosevelt as the first lady of the United States, then this book is not for you. The story focuses more on Eleanor's upbringing to young adulthood. Eleanor was born in America in October 1884. Her mother described her as an odd-looking little girl and far from beautiful. The book dwells a lot on Eleanor's looks and behavior instead of her accomplishments. She was a quiet and obedient girl, who lost her mother at a young age and whose father left shortly after. She lived in Paris, France for a while and attended a school for young women where she excelled before returning to America and meeting Theodore Roosevelt. ( )
  AConverse | Jan 22, 2019 |
Eleanor lived a very sad childhood. She was not pretty, and was reminded of that by her mother often. She was awkward and reminded of that by her mother and others often. While her family was wealthy, they were not without problems. Eleanor adored her father because he seemed to be the only one who paid attention to her and loved her.

Sadly, he was an alcoholic and was ostracized by her mother's side of the family. When her parents lived apart, she was incredibly lonely. Through a series of tragic events, her mother, father and brother died, leaving her an orphan. Summers were spent with her Aunts and Uncles in a lovely, large home up in the HUdson river valley of NY .

It was only when she was sent to Allenswood, a private school, and under the care of Mlle. Souvestre, she gained confidence and accepted that she was intelligent and became outgoing. Years later, she would marry Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

As a wife of the President of the United States, she grew to accept the challenges necessary to speak in public. She became a stanch defender of the poor and disadvantaged. Fighting for the rights of minorities, she also reduced unemployment and improved housing conditions for those who were poor.

Compassionate, kind, intelligent and dedicated, she was an incredible person. ( )
  Whisper1 | Oct 23, 2018 |
This is a biography of the life of the first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. It depicts her life of privilege, but also tells of how she faced sadness in the loss of her mother and her father not being near. She faced struggles but overcame and found out how strong she was as a woman. ( )
  S.Becnel | Sep 15, 2018 |
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