Eleanor Makes Her Mark

by Barbara Kerley (Author) Edwin Fotheringham (Illustrator)

Eleanor Makes Her Mark
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
An inspiring true story about modeling good leadership and being the change you wish to see.A compelling celebration of Eleanor Roosevelt that will inspire children to follow in her footsteps. -- Kirkus ReviewsA necessary source of inspiration. -- School Library JournalAll her life, Eleanor Roosevelt hoped to leave some mark upon the world.She was a shy child who found joy in helping others.A passionate young adult who longed for adventure.An independent young woman who formed her own opinions.A trustworthy partner who worked tirelessly for change.So when her husband became president and she became first lady, Eleanor was ready to make her mark. With characteristic candor, compassion, and courage, she traversed the country and trotted the globe, championing the value and dignity of every human being and transforming the role of first lady. This graceful portrait of a vivacious American icon radiates the essence of Eleanor, a model for kindness and purpose, in her time and in ours.How will you leave your mark upon the world?

School Library Journal

Gr 2-5--Kerley and Fotheringham (What To Do About Alice?: How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy!) team up again for this biography of Eleanor Roosevelt. Kerley sprinkles the narrative with sourced quotes, including, "Government, Eleanor believed, 'should serve the good of the people, ' so she encouraged everyone to write to her and share their struggles, hopes, and fears." Fotheringham's cartoon-style illustrations are digitally rendered in a colorful, realistic palette. He depicts a likable Roosevelt, highlighting her pronounced cheekbones and ready smile. Motion lines show her constant activity--riding in a coal mine car, visiting with construction workers, flying to World War II field hospitals. Some pages even show multiple Roosevelts, representing her whirlwind of activity. A recurring theme is a paper doll chain--a reminder of Roosevelt's connectedness to all Americans and her humanitarian efforts. A scrapbook, sources, and engaging activities are included in the back matter. Although secondary characters are drawn as predominately white, the illustrations show Roosevelt meeting with African American citizens and leaders to discuss how to end discrimination. VERDICT There are many titles about Eleanor Roosevelt, but with its encouragement for readers to make their own marks upon the world, this book could be a necessary source of inspiration.--Lisa Taylor, Florida State Coll., Jacksonville

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Praise for Eleanor Makes Her Mark:

Eleanor Roosevelt comes alive in this energetic depiction of her experiences and accomplishments. Lively textual description portrays her empathy, intelligence, pragmatism, warmth, and humor while dynamic illustrations give a sense of Roosevelt's exuberance and sincere dedication to helping those who were struggling... A compelling celebration of Eleanor Roosevelt that will inspire children to follow in her footsteps. — Kirkus Reviews

A necessary source of inspiration. — School Library Journal

Praise for What to Do About Alice?:

A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book

A Sibert Honor Book

An ALA Notable Book

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

Reveals the essence of Alice in an upbeat account of her life... as Kerley and Fotheringham demonstrate with verve. — New York Times

* Superb... a gleeful celebration. — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* It's hard to imagine a picture book biography that could better suit its subject than this high-energy volume serves young Alice Roosevelt. — Publishers Weekly, starred review

* Kerley's text has the same rambunctious spirit as its subject, grabbing readers from the first line... The large format gives Fotheringham, in his debut, plenty of room for spectacular art. — Booklist, starred review

* Kerley's text gallops along with a vitality to match her subject's antics... Fascinating. — School Library Journal, starred review

* What to do about Alice? Enjoy! — The Horn Book, starred review

Praise for The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy):

A Washington Post Best Book of the Year

New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

An NCTE Orbis Pictus Recommended Book

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

Inspired... Perhaps this full-to-bursting book will lead some young readers to write their own in-house biographies. — The Washington Post

* [An] accessible and inventive vision of an American legend. — Publishers Weekly, starred review

* Masterfully perceptive... A delightful primer on researching and writing biographies, and a joy to peruse. — School Library Journal, starred review

* Kerley's conversational, quotation-rich narration... [and] Fotheringham's dynamically composed... illustrations... effectively recall the 19th-century setting... A heartwarming tribute. — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Praise for Those Rebels, John & Tom:

New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

An NCTE Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book

A Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year

An Oregon Spirit Book Award Nonfiction Honor Book

A... blend of caricature and portraiture, historical substance and comical aside... [A] rousing account. — New York Times

Adams and Jefferson... model successful collaboration. Their secret: Speak up and listen to the other guy. Good lessons for today's Washington. — San Francisco Chronicle

* A terrific book to lead the charge in learning about the Revolution, as well as a lesson in how dedicated cooperation can achieve great ends. — Booklist, starred review

* A witty and wise portrait. — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Praise for A Home for Mr. Emerson:

A Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner

An NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book

An Oregon Spirit Book Award Nonfiction Medal Winner

Ralph Waldo Emerson takes flight. — The Boston Globe

* Excellent and exuberant. — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Bold and whimsical... An inspiring tribute. — Kirkus Reviews

Children will love the cartoonlike illustrations.... An eye-catching, kid-friendly biography that is a wonderful addition to any collection. — School Library Journal

[A] tightly crafted narrative arc that stresses the hope, community and optimism required to create the life of one's dreams... Emerson's joie de vivre explodes from the pages... Jubilant. — Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Barbara Kerley
Edwin Fotheringham's stylish, award-winning illustrations have graced the pages of The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and many other publications. He has illustrated numerous highly acclaimed nonfiction picture books, such as Barbara Kerley's What to Do About Alice?, a Sibert Honor Book and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book; The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy), a New York Public Library Best Children's Book; Those Rebels, John & Tom, an NCTE Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book; and A Home for Mr. Emerson, a NAPPA Gold Award winner; as well as younger fiction picture books, such as Pam Muñoz Ryan's Tony Baloney and the eponymous beginning reader series, Jennifer Hamburg's Monkey and Duck Quack Up!, a spring 2015 Indie Favorite, and Andria Rosenbaum's Big Sister, Little Monster. Ed lives in Seattle, Washington. Visit him online at edfotheringham.com.
Barbara Kerley is a two-time Sibert Honoree and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honoree whose award-winning biographies include What to Do About Alice?, The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy), Those Rebels, John & Tom, and A Home for Mr. Emerson, all illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham; Tigers & Tea with Toppy, illustrated by Matte Stephens; and The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins and Walt Whitman: Words for America, illustrated by Brian Selznick. Kerley's books have all been praised for their lively prose, meticulous research, and artistic presentation style. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Visit her online at barbarakerley.com.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Scholastic Press
Publication date
October 20, 2020

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