DK Biography: Eleanor Roosevelt

DK Biography: Eleanor Roosevelt

by Kem Knapp Sawyer
     
 

DK's Biography series for young readers features one of the best-known and most inspiring women of the 20th century — Eleanor Roosevelt. A biography of the First Lady who, despite her shyness, followed her conscience and devoted her life to helping others and working for peace.

Supports the Common Core State Standards.

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DK's Biography series for young readers features one of the best-known and most inspiring women of the 20th century — Eleanor Roosevelt. A biography of the First Lady who, despite her shyness, followed her conscience and devoted her life to helping others and working for peace.

Supports the Common Core State Standards.

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Children's Literature
Profusely illustrated and containing a comprehensive bibliography and an index, this biography of one of the century's most influential women is both a useful reference source and an enjoyable reading experience. Born into a family of wealth and prestige, Eleanor attended schools in England and France before she made her debut in New York. There one of her friends was a distant cousin, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Their friendship was culminated in marriage and he was elected governor of New York. The couple lived in Albany until Franklin's inauguration as president of the United States. In Washington, D.C., Eleanor plunged enthusiastically into the role of First Lady, using her position not only to attend social functions and entertain diplomats, but also to promote programs to improve housing and benefits for low income groups. When Franklin died in 1945 Eleanor served for six years as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, working on the Human Rights Commission. After resigning from the U.N. she traveled widely, writing and reporting, and she continued her writing after she returned home until her health deteriorated. She died from a rare form of tuberculosis on November 7, 1962, and is buried next to her husband in the rose garden at Hyde Park. 2006, DK Publishing, Ages 10 to 14.
—Mildred Hart
KLIATT
A warm and factual photo-bio of Eleanor Roosevelt, Sawyer's book exemplifies the Dorling Kindersley balance of visual appeal with succinct data. The 18 chapter headings outline Roosevelt's life and her commitment to family, country, and the United Nations. A profusion of candid shots picture her relationships with her husband, children, and dominating mother-in-law. Sidebars explain the meanings of terms such as polio, trade union, and shellshock. Insightful commentary into the subject's humanity dominates the summation of her chairing of the UN Human Rights Commission. This book contributes to a number of curricular themes, particularly women's history and the role of the First Lady in setting policy and providing an example of patriotism and service to country. KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 2006, DK, 128p. illus. bibliog. index., Ages 12 to 15.
—Mary Ellen Snodgrass

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756614966
Publisher:
DK
Publication date:
02/20/2006
Series:
DK Biography Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
657,727
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
10 - 17 Years

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