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Though she came from a wealthy and privileged family, Eleanor Roosevelt grew up in a cheerless household that left her lonely and shy. Years passed before Eleanor began to discover in herself the qualities of intelligence, compassion, and strength that made her a remarkable woman. In Eleanor, two-time Caldecott Medal winner Barbara Cooney paints a meticulously researched, lushly detailed picture of Eleanor's childhood worldbut most importantly, she captures the essence of the little girl whose indomitable spirit would make her one of the greatest and most beloved first ladies of all time.
"There are many biographies of Eleanor Roosevelt, but this one is special-Cooney is at her artistic best." Booklist
About the Author
Barbara Cooney was an American writer and illustrator of over 100 children's books, published over sixty years. She won two Caldecott Medals, which are awarded to the year's best-illustrated U.S. picture book, and a National Book Award. Her books have been translated into 10 languages.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.