Yes, that's the front cover of this book, in its entirety. The book's title is on the back. Here's a summary of the book:
Eleanor Roosevelt was raised in a privileged but stern Victorian household, with an affectionate but mostly absent father and a critical mother who made fun of her daughter's looks. Alone and lonely for much of her childhood, Eleanor found solace in books and in the life of her lively and independent mind. Her intellectual gifts and compassionate heart won her the admiration of many friendsand the love of her future husband, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
While other young women of her class were spending time at dances and parties, Eleanor devoted her energies to teaching children in New York City's poorest neighborhoods. Later, she became the most socially and politically activeand controversial First Lady America had ever seen. Ambassador, activist, and champion of civil rights, Eleanor Roosevelt changed the soul of America forever.
Rappaport thanked a classroom of third graders for their honest appraisal of the book, so it was easy for me to read straight through this afternoon. The author does a good job of making clear what Eleanor Roosevelt was like, as I remember her. Here are a couple of quotes by Mrs. Roosevelt (the book has no page numbers).
"Do what you feel in your heart to be rightfor you'll be criticized anyway."
Eleanor learned to think for herself, partly because she had a teacher who "shocked [her] into thinking." She was a woman ahead of her time. Though she died in 1962, before President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, look at what she did "anyway," based on doing "what [she] felt in [her] heart to be right." These words are enlarged and laid out as in the book.
The Daughters of the American Revolutionrefused to let the great black contraltoMarian Anderson sing in their auditorium.Eleanor resigned from the group:"To remain a member impliesapproval of that action,"she wrote in her newspaper column.And millions read her words.She arranged for Anderson to singat the Lincoln Memorial.More than 75,000 Americansblack and whitecame to hear her.
I rate this book 9 of 10, an excellent book.
|Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)|