Eleanor Roosevelt went from being a sad, shy child to becoming an adult who reached out to people everywhere. She married Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1904. She became America's first lady while he served as president from 1932 - 1945. During the years of the Great Depression, she visited towns, cities, and farms all over the country and brought hope to millions of people. She made many speeches, had a radio program, and wrote a newspaper column. Eleanor Roosevelt called on American soldiers during World War II and served as chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights at the United Nations after her husband's death. She was an important, beloved figure of her time and is remembered as one of America's greatest women.
About the Author
David A. Adler is the author of many popular books for children, including biographies, math books, and Judaica. His strong interest in history and biography led to his bestselling Picture Book Biography series. He lives in New York State with his wife and family.
Robert Casilla is the illustrator of several titles in David A. Adler's Picture Book Biography series, with subjects that include Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Jesse Owens. He lives in Connecticut.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Although Eleanor had a rough childhood, losing her parents at a young age and being forced to live with her grandmother, she grew up to be a giving, sophisticated lady. She fell in love with her distant cousin, FDR. The two got married, but their marriage was upstaged by Eleanor's uncle, Teddy Roosevelt. The couple had a total of six children--only one of them being a daughter. They unfortunately lost one of their sons in infancy. I think this book would be perfect for a child to reference for a biography project because it is filled with factual information.
Eleanor Roosevelt was a shy girl growing up, but she came to be one of most respected first ladies of the United States. She became a public speaker, helped the poor, and did many other things during and after her term as a first lady. Her husband, Franklin Roosevelt died and she had to move out of the White House, but she continued with her services and helped people all around the country. This is a good example when teaching children that giving is better than receiving and to show that you shouldn't do things because you are expected to, but because it is the right thing to do. This biography on Eleanor Roosevelt accurately describes some of the main events before, during, and after her term as a first lady.