Item description for Eleanor (Picture Puffins) by Barbara Cooney...
Overview Presents the childhood of Eleanor Roosevelt, who married a man who became president of the United States and became known as a great humanitarian.
Publishers Description Though she came from a wealthy and privileged family, Eleanor Roosevelt grew up in a cheerless household that left her lonely and shy. Years passed before Eleanor began to discover in herself the qualities of intelligence, compassion, and strength that made her a remarkable woman. In Eleanor, two-time Caldecott Medal winner Barbara Cooney paints a meticulously researched, lushly detailed picture of Eleanor's childhood world--but most importantly, she captures the essence of the little girl whose indomitable spirit would make her one of the greatest and most beloved first ladies of all time. "There are many biographies of Eleanor Roosevelt, but this one is special?Cooney is at her artistic best." --Booklist
Citations And Professional Reviews Eleanor (Picture Puffins) by Barbara Cooney has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 798
Publishers Weekly - 09/13/1999 page 86
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 368
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 526
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 7.5" Height: 11" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 1999
ISBN 0140555838 ISBN13 9780140555837 UPC 051488006992
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More About Barbara Cooney
Barbara Cooney was an American writer and illustrator of over 100 children's books, published over sixty years. She won two Caldecott Medals, which are awarded to the year's best-illustrated U.S. picture book, and a National Book Award. Her books have been translated into 10 languages.
Barbara Cooney lived in the state of Maine. Barbara Cooney was born in 1917 and died in 2000.
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*Eleanor Roosevelt takes the hurdles with grace* Jan 21, 2006
This 1996 book may well have been the basis for the recent PBS biography of Eleanor Roosevelt on American Experience (look for it on DVD). Barbara Cooney was a splendid, 'medaled' artist but it is interesting to read the books she also authored. Most often remembered are probably "Miss Rumphius" and "Island Boy," but her own story is told in "Hattie & the Wild Waves" and "Emma" is an unusual story of a woman who took up painting late in life. Cooney seemed to write to inspire, and she does that well in telling about the young Eleanor.
From 1884 to the time of her death in 1962, Eleanor Roosevelt's life was one of pathos and disappointment against a background of privilege. This is not a sugar-coated version - - that would be insulting to young girls who need as role models persons who have risen above family or personal trauma. Eleanor was orphaned at nine, a plain and painfully introverted child who lived among domineering and mostly insensitive elders. President "Teddy" Roosevelt was an influential adult in her life; her first mentor was the headmistress of the English boarding school to which she was sent by her grandmother at age fifteen. There she began to grow in self-confidence, and this continued throughout her life of significant achievement.
Barbara Cooney portrays vividly the times in which Eleanor Roosevelt lived, and her 'high society' background. Both words and paintings contribute enormously to young readers' understanding of the contrasts in Eleanor's life. She shone in her adult life among all classes; she was someone who was admired or reviled, loved, jeered, but grew to accept her own worth. She can inspire girls and young women today because she was someone whose influence for good continues in a very wide sphere. Reviewer mcHAIKU is grateful to Barbara Cooney for this sensitive portrait of a girl growing into a life of "giving back."
Eleanor Roosevelt from the Beginning..... May 23, 2002
"From the beginning the baby was a disappointment to her mother. She was born red and wrinkled, an ugly little thing. And she was not a boy." So begins Barbara Cooney's poignant and inspirational picture book biography of Eleanor Roosevelt's unhappy childhood. Born to beautiful and gregarious parents, this plain, shy, fearful little girl was orphaned at the young age of nine, and spent a lonely and isolated childhood living in the homes of her fabulously wealthy relatives. At the age of fifteen, her grandmother sent her off to Allenswood, a boarding school in Britain, and there under the tutelage of headmistress, Mlle. Souvestre, ugly duckling Eleanor began to grow and bloom, becoming the remarkable, poised, and confident woman America loved and admired..... Ms Cooney's well researched, gentle story is both fascinating and engaging as it captures the essence of an introverted and intelligent child trying to discover her true nature and talents, and is complemented by her marvelously evocative illustrations. Each picture is filled with meticulous late-nineteenth century detail, from the period dress and grand houses with their opulent interiors, to the captivating streets and parks of New York City, and country life on Long Island. Together word and art paint an intriguing and captivating picture of both little Eleanor, and the times in which she lived. With a short afterword detailing some of Mrs Roosevelt's later accomplishments, Eleanor is a superb introduction that is sure to whet the appetite of youngsters 6-10, and send them out looking for more.
What a moving book! Feb 3, 2002
It leaves hope that a child who is rejected for being unattractive and shy can find a person who is accepting and willing to reach out to them. It also reminds me how important a teacher can be to bring out the best in a pupil and prepare them for adult life and self-acceptance.
disappointing Feb 20, 2001
This story of Eleanor Roosevelt's life is a tremendous disappointment. I would never read this to my child. It starts off with ER's mother disappointed in her child's looks and does not ever recover from that terrible beginning. This could've been a story of what's inside being more important than what's outside, but it's not! Instead, try a fun, uplifting account of one part of ER's life with Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride.
A beautiful introduction to an important lady. May 29, 1999
Barbara Cooney provides a true hero for all of today's children. This beautiful story of Eleanor Roosevelt's early life will serve not only as an introduction to this important lady but also as an inspiration to achieve great things in life.