Eleanor Roosevelt: First Lady of the World (Signature Lives: Modern America)

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9780756509927: Eleanor Roosevelt: First Lady of the World (Signature Lives: Modern America)

A biography profiling the life of Eleanor Roosevelt, first lady and human rights activist who worked for peace and justice and to help improve the lives of the underprivileged. Includes source notes and timeline.

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Barbara A. Somervill has been writing for more than 30 years. She has written newspaper and magazine articles, video scripts, and books for children. She enjoys writing about history, science, and investigating people's lives for biographies. Ms. Somervill lives with her husband in South Carolina.

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Gr. 5-8. With engaging prose, quality visuals, accessible information, and an attractive design, this title in the Signature Lives: Modern America series provides a useful, readable introduction to Eleanor Roosevelt's life and times. Following a description of an incident in 1939, when the First Lady dramatically resigned from a prominent civic group because of her civil rights principles, the book carries on with a detailed, predominantly chronological account--from her privileged, though challenging, childhood through her tireless efforts on behalf of minorities, the poor, women, and children. Although the prose occasionally veers to florid, the well-selected, illustrative quotes and scenarios clearly show Roosevelt as a strong, independent, trailblazing individual, who inspired both admiration and controversy during difficult times, both personal and public. Black-and-white photos help capture the tenor of the times and a time line, a glossary, source notes, and a bibliography are appended. Candace Fleming's recent Our Eleanor (2005) may be more thorough and more gripping, but the chronological approach here will be very useful for report writers. Shelle Rosenfeld
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