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Eleanor (Picture Puffins) (edition 1999)

by Barbara Cooney

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Title:Eleanor (Picture Puffins)
Authors:Barbara Cooney
Info:Puffin (1999), Edition: 1st Scholastic, Paperback, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:Biography, Eleanor Roosevelt, poverty, death, facing the odds, bravery, social class, orphan, boarding school student, inspiration, first lady, afterword

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Summary: This is a biography of the early life of Eleanor Roosevelt from the time she was born until she was bout twenty years old. When Eleanor was born her mother did not like her much and thought she was ugly, she was also disappointed because she was not a boy. Her father, however, was quite fond of his daughter and they formed a close relationship. At home Eleanor spent most of her time with her nanny who only spoke French. This turned out to be beneficial later in Eleanor's life. Her parents were busy with many different events and parties so they did not spend much time with their daughter. Throughout her childhood Eleanor went with her family to various soup kitchens and other charities to help those in need. She had two younger brothers but since they were so much younger than her she did not spend much time with them. When the youngest was born her father left home and shortly after that her mother died of diphtheria. Eleanor and her two brothers moved in with their grandmother, aunts, and uncles. That same year her youngest brother, Ellie, died. Her father would visit periodically which brought Eleanor much joy. In the summer they would go stay at the house in Tivoli where Eleanor learned to cook, do laundry, play games, and ride her pony. When she was sixteen Eleanor made the journey to London to attend a boarding school called Allenswood. Eleanor was much more comfortable here and was popular among her peers. She grew into herself and was no longer the awkward girl in the corner. The headmistress grew very fond of Eleanor and was deeply saddened when she left to return to America at age nineteen.

Review: I really enjoyed this book and I thought it had a lot of interesting information. I have always enjoyed learning about the first ladies of our country, especially Eleanor Roosevelt. I liked how the author decided to focus on the first twenty years of her life rather than after she became the first lady. This allows the reader to get new information that is probably only briefly mentioned in books about Eleanor Roosevelt. I also liked how even though it is technically a biography the author put the information together in a story rather than just spewing facts onto a page. The illustrations added nicely to the text without being a distraction. ( )
  kkerns3 | Dec 2, 2014 |
This is the story of Elenor roosevelt. Although I was familiar with her name, I was not aware of all the things she has acomplished in her life time. I also like how this book also covered her younger years. It was very sad how cruel her mother was to her, and that her father had passed away. I found this book to be very educational. ( )
  SamanthaMulkey | Apr 24, 2014 |
This biography follows the life of Eleanor Roosevelt. I like that it encompasses who life of wealth and that although she was raised in a privileged household, she also faced struggles and sadness, such as the loss of her mother and her father living elsewhere. It ultimately showed how she was over to overcome her loneliness and found herself.

I would use this book in a 3rd grade classroom when learning about historical figures and their strife's and tribulations. ( )
  RiaO | Nov 28, 2013 |
“Eleanor” is a good book for teaching students that they shouldn’t judge people just by the way they look and that anybody can be whatever they want if they are given the chance. In the book, Eleanor is pretty much ignored by her mom and she is always described as plain, ugly, and ordinary. So, Eleanor was never given the chance to achieve anything because no one believed in her and students would be able to relate to this because at some point in time everybody could relate to the feeling that no one cares about them or what they feel. They might’ve felt like they could never achieve anything because no one believed in them. Then at the end of the book Eleanor has someone that believes in her and believes that she could be something and tells her that she is important. Everyone should have someone who believes in him or her because it makes him or her feel they are important and that they can be anything that they want to be. ( )
  brandib90 | Sep 6, 2013 |
This is a great story about Eleanor Roosevelt's childhood. The illustrations really add to the book as they help guide the reader along with the text. It is a great book to show children that no matter what happens to them, they can become anything. Their past does not determine their future. It would be great to be used in Social Studies when discussing influential women or presidents. ( )
  klmontgomery | Sep 5, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0140555838, Paperback)

Award-winning author Cooney presents a well-researched and poignant storybook biography of Eleanor Roosevelt's childhood. The wartime First Lady of the New Deal, who became one of the most beloved Americans for her empathy with the downtrodden, was famously unglamorous and plain in looks, even as a child. Her beautiful and awful mother humiliated the little girl, calling her Granny, "because she is so funny and old-fashioned looking." Orphaned at nine the girl eventually found her way to confidence, helped initially by a boarding-school headmistress. The book mentions only briefly Roosevelt's later achievements, so a parent will have to supply a little context for this tale of an ugly duckling who turns into, not a swan, but a fulfilled and happy duck.

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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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