This intriguing telling of Eleanor Roosevelt's story traces the life of the former First Lady from her early childhood through the tumultuous years in the White House to her active role in the founding of the United Nations after World War II. As a timid girl more interested in books than parties, and isolated from her distant parents, Roosevelt was unhappy during much of her childhood. Still, she held onto her open heart and intelligence — and they helped her to become an outspoken, determined woman who truly changed the world.
In this meticulously researched young adult biography, award-winning author Russell Freedman tackles some of the more difficult aspects of Roosevelt's life, but also her many triumphs, creating a rounded portrait of one of the 20th century's most highly regarded figures. With a detailed exploration of the rapidly changing world in which Roosevelt lived her life, this Newbery Honor biography will show young readers why Roosevelt is often considered "First Lady of the World."
"[T]his impeccably researched, highly readable study of one of this country's greatest First Ladies is nonfiction at its best. As a role model for girls and an inspiration to both genders, Eleanor Roosevelt remains unsurpassed. Freedman relates how she transcended both an unhappy childhood... and a timid nature to become one of the most outspoken, vigorous, highly regarded women in history. The vast range of her interests and activities — journalism, politics and social activism — becomes even more remarkable as the author deftly considers Eleanor Roosevelt's times and her social milieu." — Publishers Weekly
|8 and up
|Apr 14, 1997
|Newbery Honor, Jane Addams Award