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Eleanor Roosevelt, Fighter for Justice shows young readers how the former First Lady evolved from a poor little rich girl to a protector and advocate for those without a voice. Though now seen as a cultural icon, she was a woman deeply insecure about her looks and her role in the world. But by recognizing her fears and constantly striving to overcome her prejudices, she us Eleanor Roosevelt, Fighter for Justice shows young readers how the former First Lady evolved from a poor little rich girl to a protector and advocate for those without a voice. Though now seen as a cultural icon, she was a woman deeply insecure about her looks and her role in the world. But by recognizing her fears and constantly striving to overcome her prejudices, she used her proximity to presidents and her own power to aid in the fight for Civil Rights and other important causes. This biography gives readers a fresh perspective on her extraordinary life. It includes a timeline, biography, index, and many historic photographs.  


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Eleanor Roosevelt, Fighter for Justice shows young readers how the former First Lady evolved from a poor little rich girl to a protector and advocate for those without a voice. Though now seen as a cultural icon, she was a woman deeply insecure about her looks and her role in the world. But by recognizing her fears and constantly striving to overcome her prejudices, she us Eleanor Roosevelt, Fighter for Justice shows young readers how the former First Lady evolved from a poor little rich girl to a protector and advocate for those without a voice. Though now seen as a cultural icon, she was a woman deeply insecure about her looks and her role in the world. But by recognizing her fears and constantly striving to overcome her prejudices, she used her proximity to presidents and her own power to aid in the fight for Civil Rights and other important causes. This biography gives readers a fresh perspective on her extraordinary life. It includes a timeline, biography, index, and many historic photographs.  

30 review for Eleanor Roosevelt, Fighter for Justice: Her Impact on the Civil Rights Movement, the White House, and the World

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    A compelling introduction to the life and political career of Eleanor Roosevelt -- arguably the greatest First Lady in United States history and unarguably one of the icons of progressive U.S. politics. Ilene Cooper's book charts her rise from emotionally isolated childhood, through her cathartic education, her troubled marriage with Franklin Roosevelt, and finally her post-WWII career. If the book commits one grievous sin, it's in coasting through Eleanor's aforementioned post-war life (in the A compelling introduction to the life and political career of Eleanor Roosevelt -- arguably the greatest First Lady in United States history and unarguably one of the icons of progressive U.S. politics. Ilene Cooper's book charts her rise from emotionally isolated childhood, through her cathartic education, her troubled marriage with Franklin Roosevelt, and finally her post-WWII career. If the book commits one grievous sin, it's in coasting through Eleanor's aforementioned post-war life (in the 3-hour-long audiobook I listened to, this period commands all of ten minutes!), which was remarkable and unprecedented. For that reason, I'd recommend anyone impressed by what they read in Cooper's book to branch out into more extensive biographies of this great American, as I plan to do.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    My mother, who grew up in the Depression, idealized FDR. She instilled that in me as well. FDR could do no wrong. He ended the Depression, he lead the US through WWII. Praise, Praise, Praise. But, she never talked about Eleanor Roosevelt. I knew about Eleanor, for her work after FDR died, her work with the UN, but this book is following her work for Civil Rights, which I was unaware of. The author uses a lot of background information, siting sources through out, from her autobiography, to her colu My mother, who grew up in the Depression, idealized FDR. She instilled that in me as well. FDR could do no wrong. He ended the Depression, he lead the US through WWII. Praise, Praise, Praise. But, she never talked about Eleanor Roosevelt. I knew about Eleanor, for her work after FDR died, her work with the UN, but this book is following her work for Civil Rights, which I was unaware of. The author uses a lot of background information, siting sources through out, from her autobiography, to her columns, from other books about her, to letters written to her and from her. Very easy to read. A good introduction to an amazing woman, and the work she did pushing for civil rights, including integrating the army during World War II. Oddly, even though FDR's affair is touched on, nothing is said about the relationship Eleanor had with her press secretary. It is sort of how biographies talked about Tove Jansson, without mentioning her wife. And one other problem I had with this book, which is a minor one, is that it says that World War II began with the bombing of Pearl Harbor, as though the rest of the world was playing tiddly sticks the rest of the time. Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Very readable. I appreciated the nuance taken with Eleanor Roosevelt’s approach to racism and antisemitism. The author largely avoided making Eleanor into a flawless heroine and tried to frankly address her flaws and hiccups. Missing: any mention of Eleanor’s extramarital relationships. Unfortunate resonance for today, including references to racially integrating the military (echoing current comments about women, gay and transgender people) and the reluctance to accept sufficient refugees ahead Very readable. I appreciated the nuance taken with Eleanor Roosevelt’s approach to racism and antisemitism. The author largely avoided making Eleanor into a flawless heroine and tried to frankly address her flaws and hiccups. Missing: any mention of Eleanor’s extramarital relationships. Unfortunate resonance for today, including references to racially integrating the military (echoing current comments about women, gay and transgender people) and the reluctance to accept sufficient refugees ahead of the violence in Europe (the comment about Nazi spies potentially posing as refugees nearly made me spit). It seems as though if history doesn’t exactly repeat itself, event for event, we are incapable of heeding its warnings. An echo here, a similarity there, is never enough for folks to sit up and take notice.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    This well-written biography focuses on the work that Eleanor Roosevelt did in helping fight social injustice. Eleanor's life starting with her birth and continuing up through her death is covered. But the focus is on her evolving feelings and work related to civil rights, women's rights, and other social justice causes. Her family life is described including references to her complicated relationship with her husband, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and her troubled relations with her children. I foun This well-written biography focuses on the work that Eleanor Roosevelt did in helping fight social injustice. Eleanor's life starting with her birth and continuing up through her death is covered. But the focus is on her evolving feelings and work related to civil rights, women's rights, and other social justice causes. Her family life is described including references to her complicated relationship with her husband, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and her troubled relations with her children. I found it fascinating to read about how her opinions about things changed over time and how it influenced her actions. The way she stepped forward to help in causes she believed in at a time when women weren't supposed to be so active and involved is admirable. But Cooper doesn't hesitate to point out weaknesses in Eleanor's beliefs and actions both related to her family and her public actions. A thought-provoking look at a woman who despite her weaknesses stepped up and made a difference at a time when many Americans were suffering.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    Excellent juvenile biography of one of our finest first ladies. Eleanor started life as a shy young girl but became an advocate for civil rights and she found her voice and in turn her place in history.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tamsyn

    A good introductory biography of the amazing Eleanor Roosevelt.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chloe (Always Booked)

    This was a really interesting brief overview of Eleanor Roosevelt’s life. It covers a lot and shows her character and activism and would be a great read for middle graders!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Pat Kamuf

    A very informative book about Eleanor Roosevelt. You don't learn a lot about key people in history in school, so to read a biography about a person gives you an insight into to their life and times. It is brief but it has a lot of information. A very informative book about Eleanor Roosevelt. You don't learn a lot about key people in history in school, so to read a biography about a person gives you an insight into to their life and times. It is brief but it has a lot of information.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    I'm thinking about creating another bookshelf called badass women. Eleanor Roosevelt would be in this category. This middle grade/YA biography absolutely does what a good biography for teens should do and that's tell the story objectively. Cooper didn't sugarcoat FDR's affair with Lucy nor the distance that the two of them had once Eleanor found a path that worked for her and the nation as well as her reluctance in motherhood particularly with an overbearing mother-in-law. But it spoke to the po I'm thinking about creating another bookshelf called badass women. Eleanor Roosevelt would be in this category. This middle grade/YA biography absolutely does what a good biography for teens should do and that's tell the story objectively. Cooper didn't sugarcoat FDR's affair with Lucy nor the distance that the two of them had once Eleanor found a path that worked for her and the nation as well as her reluctance in motherhood particularly with an overbearing mother-in-law. But it spoke to the powerhouse that she was and the attitude that she had. She wanted to learn and be taught as much as speaking for those that didn't have a voice. There were so many touching moments that are explained in detail to understand her private life as well as her public life and the tragedy of losing her husband literally needing to move out of the White House at the same exact time, but her quip to the incoming president was priceless. She was a "fighter for justice" and it comes through in Cooper's biography with picture and a perfect arc to explain her upbringing through her professional life and then what happened post FDR. It was a lovely dedication to a woman who did so much.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Eleanor Roosevelt has always been one of my favorite historical figures; my daughter is named Eleanor, since it's a good, solid name if she ever wishes to become president or a corporate bigwig. Her difficult childhood, the way people treated her because of her looks, and the enormous amount of work she did on behalf on all manner of groups of people are all fascinating topics. I am not surprised, given the recent increased interests in women's issues, that there is a ne E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Eleanor Roosevelt has always been one of my favorite historical figures; my daughter is named Eleanor, since it's a good, solid name if she ever wishes to become president or a corporate bigwig. Her difficult childhood, the way people treated her because of her looks, and the enormous amount of work she did on behalf on all manner of groups of people are all fascinating topics. I am not surprised, given the recent increased interests in women's issues, that there is a new biography of her. This aptly discusses her background, including her marriage to Franklin and her experiences of motherhood, but also discusses the wide range of social issues for which she fought. I learned a lot of things I didn't know, and thought that the way Cooper talks about some of the more difficult, adult issues was well done. It is mentioned that Franklin had affairs, but the discussion centered on how this affected Eleanor's life, as it should. I hadn't known about her mother-in-law, Sarah, and how overbearing she was, and there was just enough coverage of that topic to make sense of some of Eleanor's later actions. Her relationship with her children was rather sad, but not terribly unusual for the time. I didn't know that she taught, or that she enjoyed it so much! Had circumstances been different, perhaps that would have been her career path. It is difficult to judge the actions of people 90 years ago. There is a mention that, mainly to spite her mother-in-law, Eleanor replaced that household staff with all African-American employees. She was publicly brought to task for using the word "darky" in her writing; it had been used by a relative in what she had assumed was a term of endearment, and when someone corrected, she apologized and asked for a better term. She was always a champion of the underdog, which makes perfect sense, so her interest in the Civil Rights movement is not surprising. I'll definitely purchase this book for my school library, and it gives a nice overview of the state of what life was like for many groups in the early part of the 1900s. Seeing what Eleanor's views of how other people treated different groups was somehow illuminating, since despite being a product of her time, she does seem to have many modern sensibilities.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Kidwell

    Eleanor Roosevelt, Fighter for Justice Her Impact on the Civil Rights Movement, the White House, and the World by Ilene Cooper ABRAMS Kids Abrams Books for Young Readers Children's Nonfiction , Middle Grade Pub Date 07 Aug 2018 I am reviewing a copy of Eleanor Rosevelt, Fighter For Justice through Abrams Books for Young Readers and Netgalley: Eleanor Rosevelt went from poor little rich girl to a woman who gave a voice to the voiceless. The wife of Franklin Delano Rosevelt and First Lady, she choose to u Eleanor Roosevelt, Fighter for Justice Her Impact on the Civil Rights Movement, the White House, and the World by Ilene Cooper ABRAMS Kids Abrams Books for Young Readers Children's Nonfiction , Middle Grade Pub Date 07 Aug 2018 I am reviewing a copy of Eleanor Rosevelt, Fighter For Justice through Abrams Books for Young Readers and Netgalley: Eleanor Rosevelt went from poor little rich girl to a woman who gave a voice to the voiceless. The wife of Franklin Delano Rosevelt and First Lady, she choose to use her voice in a way many in her era were afraid too! Despite her families wealth in her childhood, it was not exactly idyllic, her Father battled addictions and would be gone for long stretches at a time, but he was the one that also showed her that not everyone was as blessed as she was. When she was only six her Father took her to help feed a couple needy boys Thanksgiving dinner, which likely was a large part of the reason she fought so hard for those in need throughout her life. In 1892 when her Mother was only twenty nine she came down with Diptheria and the disease eventually ended up killing her. Leaving the children with only their troubled Father to care for them. A few months later her younger brother Elliot would die of Scarlet Fever, a little more than a year later she would loose her Father to Suicide! At fifteen her Grandmother Hall sent Eleanor to a boarding school just outside of London. After having some marriage trouble, Eleanor developed a form of Anorexia. By 1919 Eleanor had dismissed all the white servants and replaced them with a black staff. Eleanor Rosevelt showed that by overcoming her fears and insecurities and prejudiced she could and did make a difference for Civil Rights Movement as well as many other important movements. I give Eleanor Rosevelt, fighter for justice five out of five stars! Happy Reading!

  12. 4 out of 5

    JoLee

    Featured in "Historical Nonfiction for Young Readers" on Intellectual Recreation. It was an absolute pleasure to read Ilene Cooper's book about Eleanor Roosevelt. She is an impressive and much-admired historical figure. I did not know much about Eleanor's childhood and youth, and I am now thoroughly convinced that Eleanor is one of the main reasons that her husband, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, had four successful presidential terms. Ilene Cooper's biography of Eleanor specifically emphasizes her Featured in "Historical Nonfiction for Young Readers" on Intellectual Recreation. It was an absolute pleasure to read Ilene Cooper's book about Eleanor Roosevelt. She is an impressive and much-admired historical figure. I did not know much about Eleanor's childhood and youth, and I am now thoroughly convinced that Eleanor is one of the main reasons that her husband, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, had four successful presidential terms. Ilene Cooper's biography of Eleanor specifically emphasizes her work in the spheres of social justice, civil rights, and racial equality. I really like how Cooper conveys Eleanor's growth in terms of these issues. She was not a perfect person; she held racial prejudices that were wrong and needed to be overcome. I was so impressed by Eleanor's Roosevelt's willingness to listen and learn from other people. This is a trait that I deeply admire. Review copy from NetGalley.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    Eleanor Roosevelt: Fighter for Justice by Ilene Cooper, 184 pages. NON-FICTION. Abrams, 2018. $18. Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG; Violence: G. BUYING ADVISORY: MS - ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE This book covers the span of Eleanor Roosevelt’s life, with a focus in the second half of the book on her activities toward equality. As a youth, Eleanor experienced the deaths of many close to her, including both her parents and a sibling, as well as a transient lifestyle, moving from hou Eleanor Roosevelt: Fighter for Justice by Ilene Cooper, 184 pages. NON-FICTION. Abrams, 2018. $18. Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG; Violence: G. BUYING ADVISORY: MS - ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE This book covers the span of Eleanor Roosevelt’s life, with a focus in the second half of the book on her activities toward equality. As a youth, Eleanor experienced the deaths of many close to her, including both her parents and a sibling, as well as a transient lifestyle, moving from house to house. In her later years she battled against the prejudice of her youth by educating herself about the state of disadvantaged populations - women, children, immigrates, and people of color. I appreciated the balance in this book, in that the author was honest about the racist things Eleanor had done, but explained how she moved past old beliefs and educated herself on compassion and representation. The book does go in to limited details on Eleanor’s husband’s affair, which may be a bit mature for some readers. The book contains a good sampling of photographs mixed in with each chapter. Jen Wecker, HS English Teacher https://kissthebook.blogspot.com/2018...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mrs.Melaugh Melaugh

    The life story of Eleanor Roosevelt, a woman who persevered through a variety of setbacks in her life, provides a relatable, inspiring role model for young readers. Her marriage to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who later became president, put Eleanor in a position to positively influence many causes. Much of the narrative focuses on her work for African American civil rights, including her unsuccessful efforts to end lynching. Her work continued after FDR’s death, when she focused still on civil ri The life story of Eleanor Roosevelt, a woman who persevered through a variety of setbacks in her life, provides a relatable, inspiring role model for young readers. Her marriage to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who later became president, put Eleanor in a position to positively influence many causes. Much of the narrative focuses on her work for African American civil rights, including her unsuccessful efforts to end lynching. Her work continued after FDR’s death, when she focused still on civil rights, but also became a key proponent for the creation of the UN. Besides detailing Eleanor’s public accomplishments, Cooper does an excellent job conveying events in Roosevelt’s private life, including losing her mother, younger brother, and father at a young age, her difficulty living with her overbearing mother-in-law, and the heartbreak of husband FDR’s affair (but not Eleanor’s romantic relationships with women). Extensive materials at the end include excerpts of an address in Roosevelt’s own words, a timeline, footnotes, bibliography, and index. Well-placed black and white photos illustrate the text.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    I recently watched a PBS series on the Roosevelts, and was so intrigued I decided to read a simple children's biography on Eleanor. Eleanor and Franklin had such a strange relationship, I will start there. But it sounds like Franklin was exactly the right man to be president when he was. It put Eleanor in the spotlight, and she gradually gained the confidence to run with it. I read this book in the midst of the riots and protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and I often pa I recently watched a PBS series on the Roosevelts, and was so intrigued I decided to read a simple children's biography on Eleanor. Eleanor and Franklin had such a strange relationship, I will start there. But it sounds like Franklin was exactly the right man to be president when he was. It put Eleanor in the spotlight, and she gradually gained the confidence to run with it. I read this book in the midst of the riots and protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and I often paused in my reading to think about what Eleanor would think and do in this current situation. I am so impressed with how she was so completely clueless about the plight of colored people, but she really jumped in to educate herself and try to befriend them and get to know them. Just what we are trying to do now, educate, listen, learn. She is a great example of a person who really tried to make the world a better place, I am impressed with what she accomplished, even though as a country, there is still a long way to go.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tod

    I won’t lie, hearing the word “nonfiction” intimidates me. However, Cooper did a really good job in this book of balancing the narrative elements with the biographical ones. This book felt like a very easy to follow timeline tracking her life, and it genuinely read like a story. Eleanor felt like a heroine protagonist that I was rooting for, and even though it was all real, I was still finding myself getting lost in the story at various points. I think it’s probably significant to mention that I I won’t lie, hearing the word “nonfiction” intimidates me. However, Cooper did a really good job in this book of balancing the narrative elements with the biographical ones. This book felt like a very easy to follow timeline tracking her life, and it genuinely read like a story. Eleanor felt like a heroine protagonist that I was rooting for, and even though it was all real, I was still finding myself getting lost in the story at various points. I think it’s probably significant to mention that I knew very few details of Eleanor’s life prior to this book, so I was fascinated by all of the new information I discovered and found a new reverence for Mrs. Roosevelt. (In addition to this, the author also gave me a lot of great new information about what America was like during WWII, and I really enjoyed that, too!) To read more of my thoughts on this book, check out https://yalitreader.wordpress.com/202...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    This book was rich and extensive, but yet simple biography for beginners of the life of Eleanor Roosevelt. I wanted to read more about her after reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, where part of a chapter was about the quiet, “soft” power behind her husband, FDR, the President of the United States during the Great Depression to WWII. I liked the linear timeline format since I was unfamiliar with her entire background, and I found the format conducive to tha This book was rich and extensive, but yet simple biography for beginners of the life of Eleanor Roosevelt. I wanted to read more about her after reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, where part of a chapter was about the quiet, “soft” power behind her husband, FDR, the President of the United States during the Great Depression to WWII. I liked the linear timeline format since I was unfamiliar with her entire background, and I found the format conducive to that goal. After the basic biographical details of her life were explained (i.e. birth, growing up, marriage, children, etc), they get into the more interesting parts of her life, which was her work with social justice and the civil rights movements throughout her journey as First Lady and after her husband had passed away. My only problem was that I wish there was more information about her time working as a delegate for the newly formed United Nations, as well as her time working with JFK. I definitely learned a lot from this book and this has spurred me on to more books about her.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Eleanor Roosevelt was a world changer. She influenced her husband (3 time president Franklin Delano Roosevelt) and worked tirelessly for social reform in many areas. I think the thing that impressed me most about her was her grace in realizing her lack in certain areas and how she addressed them deliberately and persistently. She was in the trenches first hand, she did not just stand back and let others do the work. She tackled poverty, racism, civil rights, housing, safety... She was strong des Eleanor Roosevelt was a world changer. She influenced her husband (3 time president Franklin Delano Roosevelt) and worked tirelessly for social reform in many areas. I think the thing that impressed me most about her was her grace in realizing her lack in certain areas and how she addressed them deliberately and persistently. She was in the trenches first hand, she did not just stand back and let others do the work. She tackled poverty, racism, civil rights, housing, safety... She was strong despite an unfaithful husband and a critical public. I also love her statement "It never hurts to be kind". Final copy includes: timeline, comprehensive notes, bibliography w/ books and websites, author's note, index.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Eleanor Roosevelt was a social activist when activism was considered unAmerican. Although from a wealthy family, she was lonely as a child. She was sent from her New York State home to Europe for boarding school, and it was there she met the teacher that instilled in her the courage of her convictions.. When she returned home and married, she would draw on this inner strength to power through life with FDR's overbearing mother. She became the eyes and ears that FDR needed to keep track of the ne Eleanor Roosevelt was a social activist when activism was considered unAmerican. Although from a wealthy family, she was lonely as a child. She was sent from her New York State home to Europe for boarding school, and it was there she met the teacher that instilled in her the courage of her convictions.. When she returned home and married, she would draw on this inner strength to power through life with FDR's overbearing mother. She became the eyes and ears that FDR needed to keep track of the needs of the nation. This is a great title to have in every library as well as your personal library !

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mili Fay

    Writing: 5 Stars; Entertaining: 4 Stars; Informative: 5 Stars; Read Again: No. Book Cover: 3 Stars; Narrator: 5 Stars; Total: 4 Stars; I prefer fictionalized biographies because they read like stories. This book is what I expect from a textbook. It is interesting, informative, simple, and well-written. I feel the cover is serviceable, but I dislike that it is presented as a Broadway Bill. It makes her appear like a frivolous star out to entertain us and does not express the gravity of the subject. Perha Writing: 5 Stars; Entertaining: 4 Stars; Informative: 5 Stars; Read Again: No. Book Cover: 3 Stars; Narrator: 5 Stars; Total: 4 Stars; I prefer fictionalized biographies because they read like stories. This book is what I expect from a textbook. It is interesting, informative, simple, and well-written. I feel the cover is serviceable, but I dislike that it is presented as a Broadway Bill. It makes her appear like a frivolous star out to entertain us and does not express the gravity of the subject. Perhaps just using the bottom picture with creative framing or something more active, would have been better.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jill Simmons

    My Hubby gifted me this book for Christmas, probably not realizing it is a young adult biography. It was an easy read that I finished in a couple of hours on a cold winter Friday afternoon. My father told the story of how he once shook hands with Eleanor Roosevelt, as a soldier in WWII. I believe he always respected the Roosevelt’s as being able to direct this Country through a difficult time. I learned of her fight for women’s rights to vote, housing for the poor, injustice for Blacks, antilync My Hubby gifted me this book for Christmas, probably not realizing it is a young adult biography. It was an easy read that I finished in a couple of hours on a cold winter Friday afternoon. My father told the story of how he once shook hands with Eleanor Roosevelt, as a soldier in WWII. I believe he always respected the Roosevelt’s as being able to direct this Country through a difficult time. I learned of her fight for women’s rights to vote, housing for the poor, injustice for Blacks, antilynching, education for children, and fight for worker (including children) working conditions. She had to overcome her own inborn prejudices.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Iva

    Ilene Cooper tells Eleanor Roosevelt's remarkable life story in enviable prose suitable for all readers. They will learn about her advocacy in civil rights, anti-lynching, women's rights and child labor laws. She visited the troops (without Secret Service protection) as well as spending time with kings and queens. She worked tirelessly for whatever was necessary to work for human rights. A very complete treatment of a first lady that clearly set a wonderful example of what could be accomplished. Ilene Cooper tells Eleanor Roosevelt's remarkable life story in enviable prose suitable for all readers. They will learn about her advocacy in civil rights, anti-lynching, women's rights and child labor laws. She visited the troops (without Secret Service protection) as well as spending time with kings and queens. She worked tirelessly for whatever was necessary to work for human rights. A very complete treatment of a first lady that clearly set a wonderful example of what could be accomplished. Excellent photographs enhance the text.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Candance Doerr-Stevens

    I enjoyed learning about the life of Eleanor Roosevelt and welcome the opportunity to learn more. While I realize this book was written for young readers, I felt like too much about her life and relationships was cut out or not mentioned at all. That said, I did appreciate that she was presented as human with blind spots and flaws rather than an overly sanitized hero.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Curtis Hale

    This book is great if you just want a quick overview of Eleanor’s life, but for me it glossed over and skipped too many important aspects of her life. The pacing of the book was too quick, and I don’t feel as if I know much more about her than if I’d read a Wikipedia article. On the good side, what was written was interesting and compelling. It left me wanting more.

  25. 4 out of 5

    E

    I had the general outlines about Eleanor Roosevelt and her place in historical events. This helped give me details and more context. I’m also left thinking about the New Deal, politics and racism and past and present and activism. A lot needs to change. But reading this left me mostly optimistic. Maybe.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    Quick easy read - thanks to Abrams Young Reader. Good book to introduce to young readers 13+ on change and equality of rights for both race and gender. I just saw Hamilton and then read this book - the sad part is the men (politic figures) in the story are cheating on their wives. It makes me so mad!!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Very interesting and engaging read about Eleanor Roosevelt. I learned so much about this woman. I like that Ilene presented Eleanor's faults and shortcomings making her very relatable to today's readers. Very interesting and engaging read about Eleanor Roosevelt. I learned so much about this woman. I like that Ilene presented Eleanor's faults and shortcomings making her very relatable to today's readers.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    This biography frames Eleanor Roosevelt's life within her growth as a social justice activist. This lens is very timely, though some of the phrasing is awkward. While Cooper covered FDR's affairs, she ignores Eleanor's dalliances with other women. This biography frames Eleanor Roosevelt's life within her growth as a social justice activist. This lens is very timely, though some of the phrasing is awkward. While Cooper covered FDR's affairs, she ignores Eleanor's dalliances with other women.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Joy Stahl

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Perhaps it is a result of my extensive prior knowledge of the subject, that I felt the first half of the book was too long and detailed. I was not expecting a full biography; I wanted more focus on her activism.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Star Gater

    Nice telling of Eleanor Roosevelt's life. Another woman whose husband took advantage of her (had his whore). She, however, rises and uses her platforms to support her beliefs. Her daughter was disgraceful to her mother, women, marriage and family. Nice telling of Eleanor Roosevelt's life. Another woman whose husband took advantage of her (had his whore). She, however, rises and uses her platforms to support her beliefs. Her daughter was disgraceful to her mother, women, marriage and family.

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