Anita! the Woman behind the Body Shop

Anita! the Woman behind the Body Shop

by Jules Older, Lisa Kopper
     
 
When Anita Perella was a child she never dreamed that one day she'd be running The Body Shop, a global corporation with a conscience, selling body-care products in over 1,500 stores. This jaunty authorized biography, copiously illustrated with bright color illustrations, explores the early years of the famous Anita Roddick, OBE, internationally respected business

Overview

When Anita Perella was a child she never dreamed that one day she'd be running The Body Shop, a global corporation with a conscience, selling body-care products in over 1,500 stores. This jaunty authorized biography, copiously illustrated with bright color illustrations, explores the early years of the famous Anita Roddick, OBE, internationally respected business woman. Full-color illustrations and b&w photos.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Joyce Rice
When Anita Perella was growing up, she wanted to be everything. Now when she is asked what she wants to be she just says, "I want to be the Minister of Surprises." This biography of Anita Roddick, an internationally respected businesswoman, and founder of a cosmetic franchise that markets natural cosmetics, is well written. Readers will discover facts about her life intermingled with beauty hints. The writer has included a chronology and suggestions for being environmental aware. Her story will be a welcome addition to current biographies about women, especially entrepreneurial women. Buyers need to be aware that this book reveals Anita's marriage to Gordon comes after the two have lived together and become the parents of two children. Although it is presented with little fanfare, this lifestyle may be objectionable to some.
Kirkus Reviews
Anita Perella Roddick, founder of The Body Shop, has led a very colorful life, and while that becomes evident in this slim biography, such niceties as source notes do not. Anita was born in Littlehampton, England, and her Italian mother ran a caf�. (There is no mention of a father, and readers know that her mother is Italian because she stirs a spaghetti pot, sings "That's Amore," and has a broad accent.) Anita's wild ideas and exuberance are clear from her early days, when she played a crazy person in a school pageant and used beet juice to color her lips. She founded the first Body Shop in Brighton, where green paint hid the mold and strawberry oil scented the front walk. The illustrations, full of verve, squiggle, and color, stabilize a text that can be a bit precious, with references to the city of "New Yawk" and a flight in "last class." Anita's hints on looking good and on taking care of the environment are included, as is a Body Shop timeline and a few family photos, but if the biography is buoyant, it also nearly floats giddily away. Readers who want to anchor the anecdotes here to a little weightier treatment of Roddick's life will have to go to her autobiography or, more likely, the periodical desk. (chronology) (Biography. 8-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780881069792
Publisher:
Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
07/28/1998
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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