Sunday, February 22, 2009

Eleanor, Quiet No More The Life of Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor, Quiet No More The Life of Eleanor Roosevelt by Doreen Rappaport, Gary Kelley (Illustrator)
A quiet, lonely girl, Eleanor Roosevelt was born to a world of privilege, but not one of love. Eleanor found solace in books and in the life of her lively and independent mind. Her intellectual gifts and compassionate heart won her the admiration of many friends--and the love of her future husband, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. While other young women of her class were spending time at dances and parties, Eleanor devoted her energies to teaching children in New York City's poorest neighborhoods. Later, she became the most socially and politically active--and controversial--First Lady that America had ever seen. Ambassador, activist, and champion of civil rights, Eleanor Roosevelt changed the soul of America forever.

"Very early I knew there were men and women and children who suffered."

"What one has to do usually can be done."

"You must do the things you cannot do."

"Do what you feel in your heart to be right -- for you'll be criticized anyway."

"Do something everyday that scares you."


Barbara Auerbach/School Library Journal said...

Once again Rappaport celebrates a noble, heroic life in powerful, succinct prose, with prominent, well-chosen, and judiciously placed quotes that both instruct and inspire...each spread features the winning combination of the author's text, the subject's quotes, and evocative artwork... Kelley's subtle use of quite powerful. said...

i love this artistic image of eleanor's piercing, pragmatic spirit. can't you just "see" her and amelia earhart... accompanying hillary rodham clinton in her new world leadership role?! each generation takes its turn but inspiration - thank goodness - crosses generations. and librarians, of course, are vital facilitators of that process. with appreciation, EJS

Ms. Yingling said...

I'll have to check this out for my daughter Eleanor!