Children's LiteratureEleanor Roosevelt was truly a woman ahead of her time. This well-written book chronicles the life and times in which Roosevelt so distinctively made her mark. Short chapters, engaging text, and a multitude of personal and period photographs bring this former First Lady to life. The impact of her privileged yet orphaned childhood, the influence of her mother-in-law on her family life, and the role Lucy Mercer played in setting Roosevelt on her path to independence and accomplishment are all chronicled here. In keeping with its young audience, this is a wholly positive and therefore relatively sanitized look at Roosevelt's life. Little is made of the controversies she created, or the questions about her personal life that arose both before and after her death. Regardless of how one views her, none can deny the historic impact she made or the lasting legacy she created with her groundbreaking professional accomplishments in the United States and abroad. This book will do a wonderful job of introducing an amazing woman to mid-level readers. Finally, in the extras department, the book includes a timeline of Roosevelt's life, a list of additional resources, a glossary, an index, and source notes. Part of the "Signature Lives" series. 2006, Capstone Press/Compass Point Books, Ages 10 to 13.