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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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*****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...more
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
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
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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
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
Brandi Rees
"Do what you feel in your heart to be right-for you'll be criticized anyway," is one of the many powerful quotes from Eleanor Rooselvelt used in Doreen Rappaport's book, "Eleanor, Quiet No More." I really enjoyed reading about Eleanor Roosevelt's life depicted by Doreen Rappaport. In addition to reading about Eleanor's life, it was a great addition to be able to read some quotes by her herself. Since the books title says, "quiet no more," I liked being able to read how powerful her words became...more
Apr 24, 2014 Rachel rated it 5 of 5 stars
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This is a very powerful story. I enjoyed the illustrations as well as the quotations used of Eleanor's actual words. This would be a great story to use to have students write a reflection about what they believe in or a time that they had trouble speaking up. Of course, it would also be a wonderful tool to teach history, from the women's suffrage, the Great Depression, to World War II, and of course biography.
Aubrie Mcneal
A wonderful biography about Eleanor's life her struggles and successes. As a teachers I used this book as a read-aloud and emphasized her courage. Students were able to make connections with being "quiet" and "standing up" for what is right. A very impacting book!
I was struck by the cover. Out visiting another library I saw this book on a display shelf and the cover had an interesting face on it. I picked it up and saw it was an elementary-school-appropriate picture book version of a Eleanor Roosevelt bio. I'd always wanted to read about her and I had a few minutes so I stood there and started reading. Within a couple pages I found myself sitting and emotional amongst some kids playing with blocks.

I'm sure a lot of women can say that some of her words di...more
Nicole Linder
I thought Eleanor's biography was a very interesting read because I have never learned much about her before and she was full of surprises from what I expected. I loved how caring she was throughout the book and as a woman took control of her rights to show that politics are important to not only men. It really touched me how she went to hospitals and met the men of woman of the war offering to help them, and talk to them. They said she had became "The First Lady of the World" because s...more
Gail Barge
This book illustrates the life and accomplishments of Eleanor Roosevelt in a elementary student friendly manner. My first grade students are currently studying important historical figures, and while E. Roosevelt isn't one they are now studying, this book would be intriguing for my students to read and hear the story of such an important woman. Many of the girls would be very interested in hearing about Roosevelt because many of the figures they are currently studying are male. This book include...more
Catherine Woodman
This book covers Eleanor Roosevelt's life in a matter of about 30 pages for the grammar school crowd, so not alot of in depth. But there is alot of material there. She had an unloving mother, an alcoholic father, both of whom died by the time she was 10, so alot of material for psychodynamic interpretations--the book skirts around the fact that her husband had long term affairs, but does focus on his mother, who had a negative effect on their marriage and the way she dealth with it The virtues t...more
Kayla Pollema
This book is a tribute to the life of Eleanor Roosevelt. The reader sees how Eleanor became the women that she was and how she changed the country.

I would use this book in the classroom to teach history lessons on Roosevelt’s presidency. This would be a great book for a read aloud. The pictures in the book are large enough for a group to see even thought they do not have their own book. This is a short enough retelling of her life that a student could listen to without losing interest. The infor...more
Charlyn  Trussell
This large picture book biography summarizes Eleanor Roosevelt's life using a quote from this great lady on every double-page spread. The outspoken wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt believed in the individual rights of such groups as Blacks and women long before America granted those rights to them. After gaining experience from her colorful life as a president's wife, she continued to take part in politics after her husband's death.

This would be a good book to pair with Pam Munoz Ryan's...more
Ashley Hilton
Eleanor quiet no more is a biography about Eleanor Roosevelt. She was raised in a Victorian house by a stern family. Her mother made fun of her for her looks. She felt alone so reading made her feel better. She was teaching students in very poor areas while other girls of her society's class were off at dances. When she became the First Lady she raised quite a stir. She was very active politically, she changed and mixed things up. This is a great book to read in class students gain a lot by read...more
Tori Quiring
Eleanor, Quiet No More was an interesting short biography. It had some of her more famous quotes and it really showed what an inspirational person that she was. She stood up for what she believed in and I think that she can be a role model for anyone who is afraid to speak up and do what they think is right, even if others criticize or tear them down. A nice, short, and inspirational read that I would recommend to anyone who would like to know a little bit more about Eleanor or is in a need of a...more
Lisa Arthur
A non fiction picture book on life of Eleanor Roosevelt.

Not being a history buff, I found this story very interesting. I think it would be great book for second or third grader. It's a non traditional picture book. Story of Eleanor gives such strength, purpose of child's own voice to stand up for what they believe in, and it has great detail of historical moments. History moments are explained but not in excess detail.

After reading this I will always look at Eleanor Roosevelt differently and as...more
Eleanor, Quiet No More is an absolutely stunning picture book biography in both narrative and illustrations. Doreen Rapparort so beautifully captured Eleanor Roosevelt's determination to change from that quiet sad young girl into a determined woman who was the voice for many.
Gary Kelley’s art added an addition layer of warmth and beautiful setting to capture the time.

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
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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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