Title: Eleanor, Quiet No More: The Life of Eleanor Roosevelt
Author: Doreen Rappaport
Illustrator: Gary Kelley
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Concepts: human resources, social justice
Review: Eleanor Roosevelt stands out in American history as a tireless advocate for social justice, human rights, and equality. Her remarkable career as First Lady of the United States, speaker, author, activist, and diplomat stands in contrast to her upbringing as a deeply insecure, shy, and unhappy child. She grew up in a household rich in financial wealth but poor in affection and love, and her parents both died when she was young.
At the age of 15, under the guidance of a progressive teacher, Eleanor reached a turning point in terms of developing a true sense of self-assurance and a resolve to speak her mind. For the rest of her life she continued to advocate for change in an array of profound social issues, including child labor, racism, mental illness among war veterans, gender equality in the labor market, a social safety net during the Great Depression, and human rights all over the world.
Eleanor, Quiet No More: The Life of Eleanor Roosevelt is a superb book that makes Eleanor Roosevelt’s story accessible to younger readers. Gary Kelley’s illustrations are not only aesthetically pleasing, but they also communicate a wealth of substantive content regarding Eleanor’s upbringing and her political activities. Doreen Rappaport expertly weaves together her informative text with a set of moving quotations from Eleanor’s speeches and writings. This book is highly recommended without any reservation.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children