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Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery
Contributor(s): Freedman, Russell
ISBN: 0395845203     ISBN-13: 9780395845202
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: April 1997
Annotation: The intriguing story of Eleanor Roosevelt told by an award-winning author 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. 140 photos.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Presidents' spouses; United States; Biography; Juvenile literature.
First ladies.
Women; Biography.
Dewey: 973.917/092
LCCN: 92025024
Lexile Measure: 1100
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 10.00" H x 7.50" W x 0.75" (1.20 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 8464
Reading Level: 7.8   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 6.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q03494
Reading Level: 8.5   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 9.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
The intriguing story of Eleanor Roosevelt 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. A Newberry Honor Book.

Contributor Bio(s):
Russell Freedman received the Newbery Medal for LINCOLN: A PHOTOBIOGRAPHY. He is also the recipient of three Newbery Honors, the Sibert Medal, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and was selected to give the 2006 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture. Mr. Freedman lives in New York City.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 1994)
Freedman has created a sensitive biography of Eleanor Roosevelt -- certainly sympathetic but not overly adulatory; it captures her spirit. The beautifully crafted text flows smoothly and is accompanied by over one hundred black-and-white photographs portraying Roosevelt at every age. Young readers will find inspiration, hope, and guidance in the life of the outstanding woman. Bib., ind. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1993 June #3)
A natural follow-up to Freedman's biography of FDR, this 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 (her parents separated when she was six; her mother died when Eleanor was eight, and her father, an alcoholic, died two years later) 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. Approximately 140 well-chosen black-and-white photos amplify the text. Freedman writes both authoritatively and compellingly, and the Eleanor that emerges is a complex, flesh-and-blood individual, not a dull heroine of textbook history. He also deals plainly with some of the more sordid aspects of the Roosevelts' married life (namely FDR's infidelity), but he never sensationalizes, and his honesty and candor signal his respect for his subject and for his readers. This biography cannot be recommended highly enough. Ages 9-up. (Aug.) Copyright 1993 Cahners Business Information.