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 her first year in the White House? She wanted to meet people firsthand and see the effects of the Great Depression.
Most importantly, Eleanor was a friend to the people. She took a trip 2 1/2 miles underground to check the conditions of coal miners. She visited the Puerto Rican slums and then urged the president to create a housing project there. She read aloud to orphan children and inspected their asylum.
These are just a few of the facts you will learn if you read Our Eleanor by Candace Fleming. I promise you will be amazed by what you learn about this groundbreaking first lady.
Book reviewed by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head