Grades 6 - 8
Grade level Equivalent: 8.5
Lexile Measure®: 1100L
Guided Reading: W
- Social Studies
- Equality, Fairness, Justice
- Historic Figures
- Women's History and Experience
- Leadership and Responsibility
About This Book
In this Newbery Honor Book, acclaimed author and historian Russell Freedman illuminates the life and achievements of one of the most extraordinary women of the 20th century. A timid child from a dysfunctional family, Eleanor Roosevelt matured into a woman whose confidence, self-reliance, and dedication propelled her to achievements well beyond what was thought possible for a woman of her time. Confident of the importance of her own work, Roosevelt overcame difficult obstacles — including her husband's polio, his infidelity, and her own relegation to the sidelines of his career — to become the first First Lady with a true public life of her own.
As the "eyes and ears" of FDR, she toured the country and the world, reporting, advising, and winning over critics. She wrote a daily syndicated newspaper column expressing her views, which amounted to profoundly thoughtful, forward-looking social policy. A strong proponent of women's rights, Roosevelt fought prejudice and ignorance on all levels, and after her husband's death served as one of the first delegates to the United Nations. There she chaired the commission that drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Despite the many causes to which she dedicated herself, Roosevelt had time to care for her large family and to develop a close circle of friends. She also wrote articles, books, letters and a journal from which Freedman has culled excerpts to highlight moments in her remarkable life and career. Though he focuses, as Roosevelt herself did, more on the public than on the private, he provides enough details of her personal life to make her story resonate with readers of this fascinating biography.
More than 125 carefully chosen black-and-white photographs show Roosevelt at all stages of her life, and help readers to connect with this truly inspirational heroine.