Eleanor Roosevelt - Great Men and Women
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Eleanor Roosevelt

Raised in a rich but heartless home, Eleanor Roosevelt grew from a shy child to a great lady. Her sympathy for the poor and her kindness endeared her to a generation. And her great strength proved invaluable as she took on the role of First Lady of the United States.

Amelia And Eleanor Go For A Ride
by Pam Munoz Ryan
Brian Selznick (Illustrator)

GoodReads: 4.06 avg rating — 141 ratings

Description: This book skillfully builds on the true friendship between Amelia Ehrhart and Eleanor Roosevelt. Pam Ryan has the two women slipping away from a White House dinner to have a little adventure. An event which demonstrates their strong and independent characters. Very Highly Rated at Amazon.
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press
  • ISBN-10: 059096075X
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Technical Stuff
Word Count: 1,176
Reading Level: 4.2
Accelerated Reading level:  4.2 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 36329
Lexile: AD600L

by Barbara Cooney

* An ALA Notable Book
* An NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
* A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
* A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
* An IRA-CBC Children's Choice Book

GoodReads: 3.85 avg rating — 73 ratings

Description: Award-winning author Cooney presents a well-researched and poignant storybook biography of Eleanor Roosevelt's childhood. The wartime First Lady of the New Deal, who became one of the most beloved Americans for her empathy with the downtrodden, was famously unglamorous and plain in looks, even as a child. Her beautiful and awful mother humiliated the little girl, calling her Granny, "because she is so funny and old-fashioned looking." Orphaned at nine the girl eventually found her way to confidence, helped initially by a boarding-school headmistress. The book mentions only briefly Roosevelt's later achievements, so a parent will have to supply a little context for this tale of an ugly duckling who turns into, not a swan, but a fulfilled and happy duck.

Technical Stuff
Word Count: 2,008
Reading Level: 4.7
Accelerated Reading level:  4.7 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 13547
Lexile: AD810L

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