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Children's LiteratureThe book begins with a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt: "You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face." The statement reflects the life of this remarkable woman who was First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945 during her husband's four terms as president. She actively supported more causes, made more speeches, wrote more books, and traveled more miles than any other president's wife. Her highly-regarded efforts brought her many awards and honors, and she was sometimes referred to as First Lady of the World. The book begins with Mrs. Roosevelt addressing the brand new United Nations and moves into describing her painful childhood. Before she was 12-years-old both her parents and one brother died. The shy, gawky girl was sent to live with a strict grandmother. Although that does not sound like the formula for producing a woman who would make a profound difference in the world, Eleanor was nurtured by teachers, friends, and relatives who came into her life and encouraged her. This book in the "TIME for Kids Biographies" series includes sidebars about various topics, such as "Kids at Work," "Women Win the Vote," and "Women in Wartime." It also includes a time line for Mrs. Roosevelt's life. The story of her life includes the description of so many pertinent incidents that the young reader will come away with a clear overview of a remarkable life. An earlier book in the series that complements this one is Franklin Roosevelt: A Leader in Troubled Times. 2006, HarperCollins, and Ages 7 to 9.
—Janet Crane Barley