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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 admirati ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published February 3rd 2009 by Disney-Hyperion
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Eleanor, Quiet No More, is a recommended by Orbis Pictus as high-quality children's nonfiction. This text details the life of Eleanor Roosevelt from her early to final years in a picture book format. The author combines biographical information with Eleanor Roosevelt's own words to create a unique combination of text and text formatting on each page. We first meet Eleanor as a shy, shameful little girl deprived of warmth and affection. Even after her marriage to Franklin, Eleanor often lived in ...more
*****NOTE: While the publication date of this book was 2009, it won an award for 2010, so I used it. Just wanted to clarify, thanks!******

Audience: primary

Genre: non-fiction - biography

Fiction Twin Text: Pearl, S. & Sheckels, A. (2012). Hope somewhere in America: the story of a child, a painting, and a president. Rockport, MA: Twin Light Publishers.

The book "Eleanor: Quiet No More" is an biographical account of Eleanor Roosevelt's life. It describes her rocky childhood. Her mother was not k
Abby E
Eleanor, Quiet No More, is a richly illustrated biography of one of the most memorable and politically active first ladies in our nation's history. This book takes the reader from Eleanor's victorian upbringing through her education, meeting her husband, and her work as first lady. This book utilizes Eleanor's own words by incorporating direct quotes on each page. This brings home many of the points in the book about Eleanor's intelligence and social conscience. Eleanor was from a time when most ...more
Tammy Blackwell
Thanks to a life-long obsession with Annie, I've always had a warm spot in my heart for the Roosevelts. Unfortunately, I've had very few facts to support my affection since I try to avoid anything involving politics. This well-done biography of our former First Lady, however, drew me in with it's beautiful pictures and quotes that jumped off the page. By the time she had met with soldiers over-seas, promising to take home messages to their families, and saw her beloved husband die, I was in tear ...more
Excellent book about Eleanor Roosevelt. Love the pictures and this not-in-any-way-boring factual text.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This has got to win a Caldecott next year! Gary Kelley's illustrations are a beautiful accompaniment to Doreen Rappaport's description of the life of Eleanor Roosevelt. I love the way she puts a quote from Eleanor on each page to accompany the text. Eleanor Roosevelt has long been one of my heroines, and this book brings out her most admirable qualities. I've read that she always felt herself ugly and unattractive, but I think she was beautiful. I think I'll have to buy a copy of this for myself ...more
Apr 01, 2015 Kelly added it
Kelly Wiegand
April 1, 2015
EDL54500 Library Materials for Children and Youth

Title: Eleanor, Quite No More

Author: Doreen Rappaport

Plot: This book tells the story of Eleanor Roosevelt, who grew up privileged with a mother who criticized her appearance and a father who was never home. Eleanor learns the power of education and speaking up for what is right and eventually uses her position as First Lady of the United States to influence change.

Setting: New York; Washington D.C.

Characters: Eleanor Ro
Hannah Davidson
Eleanor Roosevelt is an inspiring historical figure that I believe every American should be familiar with. Eleanor rose from a life of adversity and in a world that tried to silence her, she spoke out. This biography by Disney covers her story in a way that is easy for children to understand. This complex picture book incorporates many difficult tragedies and hardships in Eleanor’s life and presents them in a way that children can understand without being overwhelmed.

This book encourages childre
Elizabeth Menchaca
This picture book biography tells the story of a resilient and kind woman who used her position power to help those In need and end injustice. Eleanor Roosevelt had a difficult child hood she lost both of her parents at young age and was raised by her aunt. She married Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1905 and became the first lady when he became president in 1933. Eleanor was the first presidential spouse that was involved in politics she held conferences, wrote Newspapers and stood up for civil right ...more
Lindsay Fischer
This biography tells of Eleanor Roosevelt and her not so perfect life. When she was younger she had a father who drank and relatives that put her down. She lived with many people and saw many conditions. When she married, her life was controlled by her mother-in-law. Later, her husband was hospitalized for polio. After this event, she decided to speak up and stand up for herself. She helped people everywhere and was firm in her opinions. Eleanor turned her life around and made it something that ...more
This mini-biography of Eleanor Roosevelt was very creative. Choosing to tell her life story in poetry and ending each page with a quotation from her directly (literally giving her the last word) worked really well. Most of the major conflicts in her life were covered at some level, and readers could easily identify with the problems she faced as well as the bravery and determination she showed. The illustrations were slightly dreamy, and they held my attention. Having the title on the back and E ...more
This book tells Eleanor's story so poignantly, gently and true. Eleanor is someone I do think I would have enjoyed having a cup of tea with and listening to her share her thoughts and ideas. She truly was a remarkable woman.
Jacqui Pollard
Prior to reading this text, I would say I was "somewhat" familiar with Eleanor Roosevelt. I knew enough about her that I had a desire to pick up this book and read it. Now, after having read it, I have a newfound appreciation and admiration for her. I truly felt inspired reading her history, learning of the obstacles she overcame, and I especially admire her tenacity in standing up for what she believes in regardless of others wanting her to keep quiet. In a world where political correctness is ...more
Ruth Ann
I began admiring Eleanor Roosevelt after reading "No Ordinary Time" by Eleanor Kearns Goodwin. This book, Eleanor, Quiet No More, makes her extraordinary life accessible to young readers.

What I liked best about the book was that it smoothly incorporated actual quotes from Eleanor into the text. This makes the narrative very heartfelt and real. You can't help but want to befriend this woman who seldom had the approval of others but continued to do what was right in her own eyes.
There has never
Mandy Wilson
It's a wonderful book involving feminist ways of why women stayed "quiet", but it is now 2015 and this book is a wonderful representation on what we can do by not keeping our opinions to ourselves. She changed the world by being the presidents wife, but she did not stop there. It's a wonderful book to read to a class about women equality, or for international women's day which has just recently passed. It is an encouraging book,and inspirational to not let little girls stay quiet because that's ...more
Eleanor: Quiet No More by Doreen Rappaport follows the pattern Rappaport has used in her other biographies for children: her biographical passages about the subject are punctuated with actual quotes by the biographee.

Rappaport’s book gives biographical data about ER, describing her unhappy childhood (her mother thought Eleanor was “ugly and too serious”), the death of both parents before she was ten, and how Eleanor then grew up in the loveless house of her grandmother.

When Eleanor was 15, she
Feb 09, 2012 Robert rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Robert by: Michelle Fralinger
This book was in a stack that a colleague loaned me recently. While we read a book in fourth grade about Eleanor Roosevelt, I don't know much about her.

The biography here is a decent introduction. We learn that she didn't see eye-to-eye with her mother-in-law. We learn that she had an unhappy childhood. We learn that she was highly liberal.

It sounds as though she meant well and Doreen Rappaport does a good job of framing Eleanor's life as altruistic. There are many quotations interspersed throug
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
How many people have been encouraged to be better human beings because of Eleanor Roosevelt? This is the story of her life. The author uses quotes from Eleanor Roosevelt to add strength to her story. The story is a powerful one and this is well told, with simple words that should be clear to young children. The line breaks the author uses make the text seem like poetry. The pictures show the feelings Eleanor had as she grew bolder and braver.

Here’s a little bit of the book:

‘Eleanor’s parents di
Sharon A.
No words on the front cover; nothing distracts from the illustration of the young woman, and then the book opens, displaying these words on the endpaper, "You must do something that scares you everyday."

This book about a uniquely powerful woman whose words, written and spoken, and life, lived in front of the world stage, produced astonishing results, actions, and policies is an appropriate read aloud for grades 2-8. Many college students do not know Eleanor Roosevelt's work or life circumstanc
Wow, I really enjoyed learning about Eleanor Roosevelt in this picture book. This makes me want to read a longer, adult level biography of her. I identified with being the type of woman who always wants to please everyone--Eleanor learned when she was young that that isn't possible, and that people should "do what you feel in your heart to be right--for you'll be criticized anyway." I think a lot of women struggle with this because women are more conditioned to "fit in" with other people than me ...more
Michaela Nardo
Never did I think I could learn so much about American History through a children's book!
Although I am a little older than the target age for this beautiful picture book, I enjoyed both the pictures and the text.

Most of the picture books I read as a child, or that were read to me, had to do with animals or riding a bike or sharing. All really great picture books that I loved and taught me a lot, but never do I remember reading a picture book that taught me about history. If you read this to yo
Ariana Thomas
Interest Level: upper elementary
Reading Level – 670L
Genre: Biography, Picture Book

Main Characters: Eleanor Roosevelt
Setting: USA
POV: narrator

This dramatic picture book describes the major events and accomplishments in the life of one of the most influential first ladies of America, Eleanor Roosevelt. Written by author Doreen Rappaport, this biography details the efforts and contributions made by Eleanor Roosevelt to society through the use of lovely imagery to accompany the text. The book provid
This is a very good overview of Eleanor Roosevelt's life in a picture book format. The illustrations are well-rendered, if slightly muted and dark for maximum impact. Distilling a life as well-known as Eleanor Roosevelt's into the amount of text for this age level is an accomplishment in itself. Eleanor's transformation from a meek individual to someone who spoke out for what she knew was right is clearly explained.

Two minor quibbles and a major one: the five children of Franklin and Eleanor Roo
This year, my family has been interested in the Roosevelts. My husband and I are watching an old PBS documentary about Franklin. My daughter already knew a little bit about Franklin and Eleanor because they are characters in one of her favorite movies, [i]Annie[/i]. I chose this book at the library for my oldest daughter, who is almost 5, and we read it together.

The book was a great overview of Eleanor's life, which begins rather sadly but ends in triumph. The book does not shy away from the fac
Molly Duerré
I was able to learn a lot about Eleanor Roosevelt from this picture book. Having not known a lot about her life before reading it, I can now understand why so many people name her as a role model. I loved that Rappaport included actual quotes from Roosevelt on every single page. It made me feel like the biography was based on fact and not just the author's interpretation. I had no idea that Roosevelt was the first first lady to visit the troops (and now it's something that is expected!) I really ...more
I am sad to say I don't know a lot about Eleanor Roosevelt. I guess I knew as much as most kids who went to public school and took a history class, but reading this book... well, has made me a fan.

My only criticism for this book and why I can't got to 5 stars, is I had this book out a table for "Heroes inside of me" and because of the cover, it got passed by.. a lot! I think it is a beautiful cover, but kids weren't attracted to it!
Gabrielle Blockton
Date: September 2nd, 2014

Author: Doreen Rappaport; Illustrated by Gary Kelley

Title: Eleanor, Quiet No More: The Life Of Eleanor Roosevelt

Plot: A biographical picture-book based off of the life of Eleanor Roosevelt, the First Lady and wife of F.D.R.

Setting: Various Locations

Characters: Eleanor Roosevelt, F.D.R.

Point-of-View: Third-person

Theme: Women's Rights; Segregation; Wealth and Class

Style: Picture-book; Biographical; Narrative Poetry; Informational

Copyright: 2009

Notes: I loved the illustrat
Nicole Doerr
This is one of my favorite biography for children. This book was intended for older school aged children. It is a simple and to the point story for Eleanor Roosevelt's life. She became the first lady of the United States of American when her husband became the thirty-second president. It starts off with her life as a child and tells about her life until death at age seventy-eight. It explains how she was the woman the world knew as the "women who refused to be quiet." She was such a inspirationa ...more
Marissa Pezzullo
This was an inspirational book for me. To teach and read this book to children could empower them to do what they want to do in life, and not to let anyone hold them back. I would let all the students know about presidency as well because that was a big part of her life. Also that she took care of President Roosevelt through his disease and disability and was a very accomplished women.
I looked and looked for a good book to help teach my first graders about Eleanor Roosevelt. Had they been a little older, this book would have been amazing. Beautiful pictures, excellent, heart felt and detailed look at the life and good works of Eleanor Roosevelt. However, I found it to be too text-heavy for my class, as well as introducing an enormous number of difficult topics (child labor, antisemitism, the Great Depression, women's right to vote, and on and on and on) that it seemed too muc ...more
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Doreen Rappaport has written many books of fiction and nonfiction for young readers, specializing in thoroughly researched multicultural history, historical fiction, retellings of folktales and myths, and stories of those she calls the "not-yet-celebrated." Among her recent books is MARTIN'S BIG WORDS: THE LIFE OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., illustrated by Bryan Collier, which received a Caldecot ...more
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