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Eleanor (Picture Puffins) (edition 1999)
Eleanor by Barbara Cooney
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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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