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Eleanor (Picture Puffins) by Barbara Cooney

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
Tags:Biography, Eleanor Roosevelt, poverty, death, facing the odds, bravery, social class, orphan, boarding school student, inspiration, first lady, afterword

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I didn't realize this was biography and not fiction when I pulled it off the shelf. The illustrations are magnificent and I loved the way the story was told. There is a lot there for adults and not only children. ( )
  Kristin_Curdie_Cook | Apr 29, 2016 |
Grades: K-3
Theme: The spirit and vibrance of youth.
  creykellums | Apr 6, 2016 |
I really enjoyed this biography. While biographies can be very long and packed with information, this biography written in story format focused on Eleanor Roosevelt's young life. A first reason I liked this story is because of its format. I often associate biographies with a variety of information about an individual strung together. This biographical text however, felt like a story. Without realizing it, one might read this as a realistic or historical fiction story. The information given is accurate and interesting. It flows very well. A second reason I like this book is the illustrations. They are absolutely beautiful. In a quote from the author Barbara Cooney, she explains that picture books are like a string of beads. The illustrations are the beads and the text is the string that holds it all together. This is truly shown through her images that tell the story of Eleanor Roosevelt as a young child. ( )
  edudle2 | Mar 23, 2016 |
I really enjoyed this story because they didn't say that she was the First Lady until the very end. You were able to see what Eleanor's life was like growing up and how you could relate to her. She was constantly made to feel bad about herself but as soon as she went to boarding school people realized how great she was. She was the "Ugly Duckling" and it was clear her mom didn't want anything to do with her and made her feel worthless. She eventually got married and he became president. They had many beautiful children. ( )
  Paigealyssa | Jan 21, 2016 |
This tells the story of Eleanor as a young girl until her boarding school. She was described as "plain" looking and somewhat afraid of many things in life. This book does not talk much about her accomplishments or her good qualities as much as it is repeated that she was "plain" and overcame it in boarding school by having many friends and a mentor. Not many of her accomplishments are mentioned in this book except in the afterword. ( )
  NoelAbadie | Jan 20, 2016 |
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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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