Eleanor, Quiet No More

by Doreen Rappaport and Gary Kelley

Eleanor Roosevelt’s life from childhood on is captured in a succinct text,... read more

Eleanor Roosevelt’s life from childhood on is captured in a succinct text, with each page concluding with a relevant quote from the woman herself. Struggling through a difficult although financially privileged childhood, shy Eleanor’s life brightened when she was sent to school in England, where she became more confident and social. Her lifelong commitment to social activism began with her return to the United States at eighteen. “Very early I knew there were men and women and children who suffered.” As the wife of a politician during wartime, she organized military support efforts and petitioned the government for her causes, while raising five children and teaching school. Once she became First Lady, Eleanor traveled around the country to speak with those suffering during the Depression. After FDR’s death, she was appointed to the United Nations, where she dealt with human rights issues on an even larger scale. Full-page illustrations in a muted palette capture Eleanor’s individuality, portraying the high and low points of her long, influential life. Additional information includes a timeline and research sources, including suggested reading and websites. (Ages 8–12)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2010

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