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Eleanor (Picture Puffin Books)

Eleanor (Picture Puffin Books)
Author: Cooney - Barbara
ISBN 13: 9780140555837
ISBN 10: 140555838
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Puffin
Publication Date: 1999
Format: N/A
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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 world--but 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. <P>"There are many biographies of Eleanor Roosevelt, but this one is special...Cooney is at her artistic best." --<i>Booklist</i><P>* Ages 5 up<br>* An ALA Notable Book<br>* An NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies<br>* A <i>Publishers Weekly</i> Best Book of the Year<br>* A <i>School Library Journal</i> Best Book of the Year<br>* An IRA-CBC Children's Choice Book

Publishers Weekly

The privileged though painful childhood of First Lady and humanitarian Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) is chronicled with tenderness and care in Caldecott Medalist Cooney's (Emily; The Ox-Cart Man) memorable picture book biography. Skillfully compressing a bounty of detail, the author/artist focuses on Eleanor's emotional life as a childhood "ugly duckling": "From the beginning the baby was a disappointment to her mother," Cooney begins. The tale ends with Eleanor's years at Allenswood, the English boarding school whose gifted headmistress helped transform Eleanor into a confident young woman. Cooney wisely refrains from specifically naming the Roosevelt family, allowing children to experience the text as an entertaining story as well as a piece of history. Creamy, reverently rendered paintings portray fashionable Manhattan, Hudson River Valley and Long Island settings; Cooney's intricate reproductions of houses and her recreations of period clothing and interiors are pleasures to behold as well as visual history lessons. An afterword sheds light on Eleanor Roosevelt's career (but would have benefited from the inclusion of her birth, marriage and death dates); most readers will probably want to explore more fully the groundbreaking achievements outlined here. Ages 5-up. (Oct.)