Eleanor Roosevelt: Fighter for Social Justice (Childhood of Famous Americans Series)

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One of the most popular series ever published for young Americans, these classics of childhood have been praised alike by parents, teachers, and librarians. With these lively, inspiring, believable biographies - easily read by children of seven and up - today's youngster is swept right into history.

The childhood of the woman who became wife of a president and a great humanitarian.

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Overview

One of the most popular series ever published for young Americans, these classics of childhood have been praised alike by parents, teachers, and librarians. With these lively, inspiring, believable biographies - easily read by children of seven and up - today's youngster is swept right into history.

The childhood of the woman who became wife of a president and a great humanitarian.

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Children's Literature
Following the format of other titles in the "Childhood of Famous Americans" series, this book dwells mostly on Eleanor's early years. The fictionalized biography opens with two-year-old Eleanor meeting her distant cousin, Franklin. On a trip to Europe three years later, Eleanor begs her father to buy shoes for a barefoot Italian "donkey" boy, demonstrating her concern for others. In a Paris convent where she speaks no French, Eleanor tells a bold lie, hoping to be noticed. She pretends to have swallowed a penny, as another student has done. "Swallowing the penny" becomes a metaphor for Eleanor's reluctant initiation into society. Eleanor is always aware of being unattractive. She compares herself first to her beautiful mother and later to her vivacious cousin, Alice. Two-thirds of the book leisurely deals with Eleanor's girlhood; the last third gallops through her marriage to Franklin, their public life and her growth as a social activist. Some scenes, such as the lengthy European voyage, seem padded. Somewhat dated (the word "Negro" appears), this book is a readable introduction to the First Lady of the World. 2001 (orig. 1965), Aladdin, $4.99. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Candice Ransom
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689713484
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 11/30/1989
  • Series: Childhood of Famous Americans Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 374,106
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 610L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Weil was the author of Eleanor Roosevelt: Fighter for Social Justice, Betsy Ross: Designer of Our Flag, and Red Sails to Capri, which was a 1953 Newbery Honor Book.

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Table of Contents

Eleanor Visits Hyde Park 11
Going to Europe 20
The Big Ship 26
Travel Fever 35
The Map 51
Pietro's Shoes 57
I Promise 70
Surprising Things Can Happen 87
The New Schoolroom 105
Tivoli on the Hudson 113
A Visit with Uncle Teddy 127
-And All Grown-up 142
Eleanor and Franklin 159
The White House 177
The United Nations 186
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