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Children's LiteratureThis biography of Eleanor Roosevelt will make the life, contributions, and legacy of this woman come alive for young readers. After reading this book, students will understand that she was more than a first lady of the United States, but a powerful and influential figure in her own right who dedicated her life to helping those less fortunate than herself. Beginning with a chapter about her childhood, we learn that she was a shy girl, an ugly duckling, who felt she was growing up in the shadow of her well-respected, high society parents. Both of her parents died when she was at a relatively young age and Eleanor's grandmother sent her to a boarding school in England. Eleanor blossomed while away at school and returned after graduation a more self-assured, assertive woman. Shortly after returning to the United States she met and began dating the man who would become her husband, Franklin Roosevelt, the future president of the United States. This book is an excellent resource for students or young readers who are interested in learning about Eleanor Roosevelt or are studying first ladies, influential women, the Depression Era, or people that have made a great impact on both individual lives and society at large. 2004, Children's Press/Scholastic, Ages 8 up.