Inauspicious Girlhood Inspiring Story of Young Eleanor Roosevelt

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ELEANOR

A picture book by Barbara Cooney

40 pages, Viking, $15.99 Ages 5-10 ***** A girl who shies away from other children at a playground, bites her nails in front of company and retreats into loneliness in her own home faces many obstacles indeed - but none that cannot be overcome, as the story of "Eleanor" shows. "Eleanor" tells the story of young Eleanor Roosevelt, who would one day become one of the most influential women in America - both as first lady to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and as a humanitarian leader in her own right. Few might have predicted her later influence: Eleanor seemed to spend much of her childhood feeling ill at ease - wearing shapeless clothing, facing a mother disappointed by the girl's looks and looking out at the world through sad, serious eyes. Her discomfort grew only worse when she became an orphan at age 9 and went to live in a big, gloomy house with her grandmother. …