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Our Eleanor: A Scrapbook Look at Eleanor Roosevelt's Remarkable Life

4.26  ·  Rating Details ·  176 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
No matter how the question is answered, one thing is clear: There has hardly been a life in the last century that Eleanor Roosevelt has not affected, in one way or another. From securing safe, low-cost housing for Kentucky's poor, to helping her grandchildren hang a tire swing on the White House's south lawn, to representing America as the first female delegate to the Unit ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2005)
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Mikey B.
Jul 11, 2014 Mikey B. rated it really liked it
This complete biography of Eleanor Roosevelt chronicles her early childhood to her years alone after Franklin’s death in 1945. Her transition from an upper class woman to one who fought for and espoused several social causes is well depicted. She actively canvassed for woman’s rights and labour rights - particularly during the depression years. She supported African Americans in their struggle for racial equality. She participated in the making of the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights. This is a ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Eleanor Roosevelt was very like a diamond in the rough. She wasn't much to look at on the outside, but she was stunningly beautiful on the inside. She was strong, multi-faceted, rare, and flawed.

Author Candace Fleming did a wonderful job of showing all aspects of the amazing Mrs. Roosevelt, from her childhood to her death. This was a clearly unbiased portrait, backed by research and notes galore. Fleming does not patronize her young readers. She s
Anne Broyles
Sep 07, 2012 Anne Broyles rated it it was amazing
Candace Fleming can always be counted on to bring to life historic characters not only through her verbal descriptions of their lives, but by an amazing choice of scrapbook materials: photos, letters, artifacts. As someone who has spent significant time studying Eleanor Roosevelt, I appreciated Fleming’s approach and even learned a few new things myself. This is a wonderful book for its words and visuals and should be accessible to a wide variety of young readers.
Nov 07, 2016 Bethany rated it really liked it
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A very complete look at Eleanor Roosevelt's life from childhood through her death and her legacy. I learned a lot about her; her impact on the role of First Lady; how she was FDR's "eyes and ears", especially in regards to the every(wo)man; and the tireless work she did to help those most affected by the calamity of the decade, whether that be the Great Depression or WWII.

Author Candace Fleming does a fairly good job of presenting an objective version of Eleanor, including al
Nov 30, 2016 Shayla rated it liked it
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Feb 17, 2014 Librarianista11 rated it it was amazing
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Our Eleanor is a very personal look at the life of Eleanor Roosevelt. This book not only chronicle’s the life of Eleanor Roosevelt, but provides a photographic journal and scrapbook of this remarkable woman’s America.

Critical Analysis:

It is apparent that Candace Fleming took the time to get to know one of America’s most provocative First Ladies. Choosing a scrapbook format as an organizational style, Fleming crafts a personal look at Mrs. Roosevelt’s life. The divisions in the work follow develo
Jan 27, 2014 Jean rated it it was amazing
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A very personal look at the life of Eleanor Roosevelt. This book not only chronicle’s the life of Eleanor Roosevelt, but provides a photographic journal and scrapbook of this remarkable woman’s America.

It is apparent that Candace Fleming took the time to get to know one of America’s most provocative First Ladies. Choosing a scrapbook format as an organizational style, Fleming crafts a personal look at Mrs. Roosevelt’s life. The divisions in the work follow developmental lines, not always chronol
Brenna Call
Apr 15, 2009 Brenna Call rated it really liked it
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Our Eleanor by Candace Fleming

Antheneum Books For Young Readers - New York - 2005 - 156 pages

This nonfiction books gave a fascinating account of Eleanor Roosevelt’s life from her birth through her death. I didn’t know that much about Mrs. Roosevelt before I read the book but she is now one of my personal heroes. She came from a priviledged background but all during her adult life she stived to connect with the common man and to create a world that was just and equal for all people. She also did
Esmeralda Gregg
Apr 26, 2016 Esmeralda Gregg rated it it was amazing
A “scrapbook” biography on the life First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt. This collection of newspaper clippings, speeches, letters and photographs gives a chronological snapshot of Mrs. Roosevelt’s life. This unique perspective allows the reader to glimpse how other people viewed this great lady. The book is a collection of photographs taken of Mrs. Roosevelt throughout her life. These actual copies gave the book the feel of a magazine and clippings from newspapers, magazines and letters create a scra ...more
Jul 06, 2014 Meisbres rated it really liked it
Our Eleanor by Candace Fleming

What do you know about Eleanor Roosevelt? Did you know that she was friends with Amelia Earhart and flew with her from Washington D.C. to Baltimore. Eleanor even considered getting her own pilot's license. However, her husband Franklin vetoed the idea saying, "I know how Eleanor drives a car. Imagine her flying an airplane!" (Eleanor was a terrible driver and once had as many as 3 car accidents on one journey.)

Did you know that she traveled at least 40,000 miles he
May 15, 2009 Stephanie rated it really liked it
I expected to skim this but ended up reading it cover to cover because it was so fascinating. I loved the scrapbook format, with lots of black-and-white photographs and primary documents, such as handwritten letters, newspaper clippings, and political cartoons. Short entries -- none more than two pages long -- make it easy to read about Eleanor's early life, her marriage, motherhood, her work as First Lady, and her time as a United Nations delegate. It also offers background on key events such a ...more
Miz Lizzie
I initially thought the scrapbook format would make this biography of Eleanor Roosevelt for older children and teens more daunting to read, perhaps even be something more to dip into rather than read straight through. Instead, I found it to be very satisfying, rather like hearing a lot of stories about Eleanor's life that taken together built a composite picture that really makes her personality come alive. Though largely an admiring and positive portrayal, the book does not shy away from Eleano ...more
This biography of Eleanor Roosevelt chronicles her life from her unhappy childhood to her marriage which became unhappy because of the interference of her mother-in-law through her years as a public figure. The book is organized thematically and only loosely chronologically. Fleming suggests Eleanor Roosevelt connected better with the public and her friends than she did with her own family. Fleming paints an objective portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt, praising her virtues and triumphs without gloss ...more
Jan 02, 2013 Deborah rated it really liked it
I love Eleanor Roosevelt's story and the way it is portrayed in this book for young people. There are primary source representations on almost every page - photos, newspaper, magazine, diary, letters, etc - with well researched and readable text. The book captures Eleanor's spirit and amazing life while showing her struggles and character flaws as well. It doesn't shy away from tough issues as it addresses questions that arose about Eleanor's sexuality in a straightforward, dignified manner as w ...more
Ashley Saunders
Fleming, C. (2005) Our Eleanor: A scrapbook look at Eleanor Roosevelt's remarkable life. New York. Antheneum Books for Young Readers.

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This biography offers an in depth look at the life of Eleanor Roosevelt from her birth to the time of her death. The book offers readers a look into her growth from a child to an adult as well as her development in the political world. Not only does the book have text that gives the reader information
Marissa Lazar
Apr 14, 2016 Marissa Lazar rated it it was amazing
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This wonderful and very informative biography on Eleanor Roosevelt is one to remember. It is very apparent that Candace Fleming did a lot of research on one of the most influential First Ladies. From the first page to the last page, you get to know Eleanor inside and out, there is not a moment of her life that is not discussed and looked into. From her early years, to the years following her husbands death, all readers of this book are shown all sides of her life, the good, the bad, and the ugly ...more
Apr 18, 2010 Krista rated it really liked it
A surprisingly intimate look at a public figure. I'd known about Eleanor Roosevelt's good works during and after her husband's presidency, but nothing about her life as a wife, mother, and human being out of the public eye. Through newspaper clippings and rarely seen photographs, Fleming takes the reader inside Roosevelt's life. The format of the book, broken into short sidebar-style pieces focused around a single topic or event, causes the narrative to feel a little disjointed. Fleming also cho ...more
Oct 28, 2013 Dot rated it really liked it
Once again, let me start by saying...Yes, I know this is really a children's book (geared for ages 10-14), but it was on the shelf at my own school library where I work, and it just intrigued me to the point of checking it out for myself! I have always been very interested in Eleanor Roosevelt. One of her quotes is a staple in my "words to live by" arsenal! This book did not disappoint! It is FULL of pictures and snippets from her life. It's like sitting down in someone's parlor and flipping thr ...more
Renee Wallace
May 25, 2011 Renee Wallace rated it it was amazing
Rare, to call a book "life-changing," but this one has been, for me.

I was actually moved to tears as I read some parts: Eleanor visiting troops in the South Pacific; Eleanor pleading for Israel's right to become a state, by 1948; her grief at Fala's death--what a foolish reporter, who commented that she was dry-eyed at FDR's death, but could weep when the dog died! Totally clueless person.

A monumental life, marked by all the human characteristics of failures, victories, heartaches, jubilations..
Carol Ann
Jul 25, 2009 Carol Ann rated it it was amazing
Candace Fleming the author has researched her subject well. I have read several books involving Eleanor and yet I learned plenty! This wonderful lady was told she was ugly from day 1. Her exciting marriage to dashing Franklin had very little foundation. What foundation there was, was chipped away by Franklin's controlling mother, Sara. While Eleanor went on to many charitable works, her failings made her human. She wanted to feed and shelter the children of the poor, yet she was not a hands on m ...more
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I would have them look over this book on Eleanor’s life and pick a point in her life that they liked most. I would then have them write from their point of view as is they were time traveling about that point in time. Ask them to give me details on what they would see, hear and smell based on what they know.

(14) Writing/Literary Texts. Students write literary texts to express their ideas and feelings about real or imagined people, events, and ideas. Students are responsibl
Aug 31, 2007 Teresa rated it it was amazing
One especially gray day I went to the library and I was browsing through the shelves and examining books, looking for something that might lift my spirits. I stumbled upon Our Eleanor. That day I checked the book out of the library and I spent several hours in the company of Eleanor, finishing the book the next day. Though the book seemed big, it was a pretty quick book to read and I think it was because the book is written in such a way that it felt like I’d gone to Eleanor’s house and we were ...more
Aug 09, 2016 Heather rated it it was ok
Candace Fleming is thorough in the research of her subjects, but this book provides too much detail into the life of Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt. While it is true that she was very busy and very active in many different aspects of her life, some of her activities could have been condensed in this book. Fleming does an excellent job of providing a wide range of solid information; however, it may perhaps be too much. While this is a useful tool for students who are gathering information on Roosevelt, i ...more
Breanna Zarate
May 15, 2012 Breanna Zarate rated it really liked it
I absolutely love this biography. I adore the scrapbook format. The format of this biography is very kid friendly and I would definitely recommend that all teachers of upper grade levels own a copy of this biography.
This book provides a great place to start for learning about Eleanor Roosevelt and the times she lived in and a great jumping off point for learning more about whatever aspect is particularly appealing. I think all students learning about biographies will definately enjoy this biogr
Dec 18, 2013 Rachel rated it liked it
Shelves: biography-book
This book gives a birth to death story of Eleanor Roosevelt's life. It talks about her childhood, how she met FDR, her children, being first lady, all the work she did for civil rights, and everything in between. It has a lot of good information in it. It would be good to use as a research book. Besides good information, it has a lot of good pictures. These are all pictures of Eleanor and her life. They give you a glimpse of her and her every day life. I think this is a good book to have in a li ...more
Mar 16, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it
While I may not agree with many of Eleanor's politics I find her independence as a woman and belief that all humans deserve to be treated justly and as equals inspiring. This book takes a fascinating look at her life and reveals her as a person - quite flawed and yet still inspiring, perhaps more inspiring because of her flaws. This is a great biography which offers insight into Eleanor's thoughts, struggles, independence, and accomplishments.
I love the Victorian scrapbook look with 'lots of pictures! Although is is suppose to be a children's book, some of the events and themes discussed aren't really appropriate for young children. I admire Eleanor's enthusiasm to champion good causes, but the book points out the struggles she had with family relationships. Makes me realize no matter what great causes one supports, "no success can compensate for failure in the home."
Aug 03, 2011 Holyn rated it really liked it
This is yet another easy to read biography of E.R. I enjoyed the creative format of the book where the layout is in collage format and organized by topic. I also appreciated that Fleming included some of the more controversial aspects of Eleanor's life (such as rumors of her being gay and her personal struggle with anti-Semitism) so that the portrait of E.R. seems more well rounded than those books which only extol E.R.'s good works.
Oct 26, 2016 Amy rated it it was ok
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Nothing wrong with this book except for its label as a children's biography. It is really exhaustive (more like an Eleanor encyclopedia) and there is nothing wrong with that except it might (as in our case) get in the way of actually wanting to read it and find out about Eleanor's amazing life! Seems more geared for high school/up. We abandoned it in favor of a shorter biography but will keep this around for "a rainy day."

Mar 01, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, 2016read
I was originally rated this book a 4. However, I realized I was rating it just on my personal preferences. I don't prefer books that are scrapbook in nature and jump from topic to topic. I enjoy the continuum of a well-written narrative. This book is very well written. I like how Fleming didn't shy away from topics that are sometimes scrubbed from teen books: infidelity, successful parent/unsuccessful child relationships...
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I have always been a storyteller. Even before I could write my name, I could tell a good tale. And I told them all the time. As a preschooler, I told my neighbors all about my three-legged cat named Spot. In kindergarten, I told my classmates about the ghost that lived in my attic. And in first grade I told my teacher, Miss Harbart, all about my family's trip to Paris, France.

I told such a good st
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