Stateswoman to the World: A Story about Eleanor Rooseveltby Maryann N. Weidt, Lydia M. Anderson
A biography of the First Lady, focusing on her fight for the rights of women, Blacks, and the poor, and her role as a peace advocate and delegate to the United Nations.
School Library JournalGr 3-5-- Even though this book opens with a bit of fictionalizing, it soon settles into being an effective, informative biography about an impressive, inspirational woman. In short, readable chapters Weidt recounts Roosevelt's lonely childhood and strict upbringing, her marriage to Franklin, and the years after his death. Occasional quotes from letters or other primary sources enliven the text and help personalize the subject. Terms that youngsters might not understand, such as settlement house, are explained in follow-up sentences. Full-page black-and-white drawings are appropriately placed and vary in effectiveness. Franklin's affair with Lucy Mercer is handled candidly yet tactfully, and is seen as contributing to Eleanor's lack of self-confidence. An objective, informative offering. --Rosie Peasley, Somerset School, Modesto, CA
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