by Barbara Cooney


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Eleanor 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
messelti on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Barbara Cooney¿s Eleanor is the story of how the young, shy, and serious Eleanor Roosevelt eventually became the brave, independent, and hard-working First Lady who fearlessly advocated for human rights and helped establish the United Nations. This book is a strange combination of a simple plot for a young audience written so subtly as to be a bit inaccessible-I mean, what elementary school student knows what a ¿nosegay¿ is? It stops just short of her more well-known years, serving as an origin story that might not really reel in anyone not already very interested in Eleanor Roosevelt. Recommended as a compliment to other Eleanor Roosevelt biographies in public or school libraries.
mrcmyoung on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Eleanor's childhood is so sad and lonely it would be impossible to read if you didn't know going in that she was destined for greatness. Cooney does a fine job of capturing the pain of a little girl of privilege who has a detached mother and an unreliable father, only to lose them both before being shipped off to relatives and finally boarding school. It is there that she blossoms, and it is a worthwhile story for students to hear that sometimes rewards are waiting for us if we can endure life's hardships.
Kathdavis54 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I did not know most of this about Eleanor Roosevelt's childhood. The story was easy to follow, while the illustrations did a good job of showing emotions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My aunt gave me a copy of this book when I was a kid and it has always been a favorite of mine that sticks out in my memory vividly. The beautiful illustrations make the story memorable and, of course, it is the story of a remarkable woman that is worth remembering. This isn't the kind of biography that I have always found boring-- a list of lifetime accomplishments of someone famous-- this is the story of a lonely little girl who grew up to become a very important and influential woman. Girls and women of all ages can relate to young Eleanor, seeing themselves in her imperfect life. (Of course, she was born into a wealthy White family, so her story does not reflect the lives of most girls. But her character does!) It is the kind of book that inspires young girls and shows them that they, too, can become someone great. It teaches compassion, empathy, and kindness, as well.