Saturday, October 24, 2009
Readathon: Hour Three: Eleanor, Quiet No More
Eleanor, Quiet No More by Doreen Rappaport
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 from the book:
‘Eleanor’s parents died before she was ten.
She and her brother went to live
with their grandmother Hall
and two aunts and two uncles
in a big, dreary house.
Her grandmother did everything
she thought was right for a little girl,
except hug and kiss her.
“I never smiled.”’
The enormous picture of Eleanor's face on the front cover is very appealing. I also love how the author highlights Eleanor's words by writing them in large type. The author also includes a timeline and a list of selected research sources.
My favorite quote: "Do something every day that scares you." Great advice.
This hour I also added my spot on the Google map for readathon participants. I have never done this before and it took me a half hour to figure out how to do it. Sigh. I have so much to learn.