OUR ELEANOR by Candace Fleming


A Scrapbook Look at Eleanor Roosevelt’s Remarkable Life
Age Range: 10 - 14
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Had Eleanor Roosevelt kept a scrapbook—an incredibly well-organized and thorough scrapbook—this is how it might feel to look through it. Arranged chronologically, the volume works like a jigsaw puzzle. Open it up, pick individual pieces at random and when placed all together, a full picture of the subject emerges. From her early years in New York’s fashionable society to marrying her cousin Franklin, to the Depression and war years, and through her travels and many charitable causes, Eleanor’s life is well covered, including frank pictures of her early anti-Semitism, her sexuality and her disagreements with her husband over such issues as the internment of Japanese-Americans during the war. Though lacking the coherence of a traditional narrative, it will appeal to readers who only want to dip in and read what looks interesting. The source notes are thorough and the bibliography recommends several books for young readers, as well as videos and Web sites. Photographs, family trees, sketches and even a report card add visual appeal. An attractive and useful resource. (personal note, picture credits, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-689-86544-9
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Anne Schwartz/Atheneum
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2005


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