Eleanor Roosevelt

Elizabeth MacLeod

Eleanor Roosevelt was born into a wealthy family but had a difficult early life. Both her parents died before she was ten. She was a painfully shy child and felt unattractive and awkward as a young woman. But Eleanor overcame tragedy and personal insecurity to become America's most popular First Lady --- her husband was President Franklin Delano Roosevelt --- and one of the world's most powerful women. Eleanor worked hard to help others, especially women, minorities and poor people.

Eleanor flew greater distances than any other woman in the world during the early days of international flight. She was the first president's wife to hold press conferences and write newspaper columns. After she was First Lady, her achievements continued. Eleanor kept busy as a diplomat and author and also helped write The Universal Declaration of Human Rights for the United Nations. This book in the Snapshots: Images of People and Places in History series introduces young readers to the First Lady, activist, UN delegate, world traveler and writer who led such an inspiring life.

978-1-55337-811-2 | Sep 1, 2006
List Price: USD $6.95, CAD $7.95
4-color 8 1/2 x 11 32 pages
Grades: 3 To 7 / Ages: 8 to 12

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Awards & Reviews

“A useful resource for library and classroom, this will appeal to readers and browsers alike.”
— Kirkus, September 2006
“The writing is clear, interesting, and affectionate towards its subject. Personal quotes are sprinkled throughout, and a cartoon representation of Roosevelt chats with readers on several pages. Back matter includes an extensive index and list of historic places. The period photographs ... [are] plentiful and engrossing ... [T]his attractive title will appeal to browsers and report writers ...”
— School Library Journal, November 2006
“Designed with a keen sense of how images and text work on a page to hold a young reader's attention, MacLeod's Eleanor Roosevelt succeeds in making history both personal and interesting. Personal because the young reader is made aware that, while Ms. Roosevelt's public life was challenging and rewarding, her private life was filled with hurt and disappointment ... .There are many strengths of this book. One is that the reader learns, in easy to read language, that life is complex. Ms. Roosevelt can teach any reader that both negative and positive events happen in one's life, and one chooses how to respond to them. Her response was to contribute to society ... The readers will learn about that time period without having the sense of being 'taught' history ... I highly recommend this book ...”
— CM Magazine, September 2006
2008 - Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2007 - Information Book Award, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada, Short-listed
2006 - Best Bets - Top 10 Canadian Children's Books, Ontario Library Association, Winner

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