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Monday, April 2, 2012

Just Being Audrey

Title: Just Being Audrey
Author: Margaret Cardillo
Illustrator: Julia Denos
Publisher: Balzer + Bray, An Imprint of Harper Collins Publishers
First edition: January 25, 2011
Language: English
32 pages
Ages 4 and up

“Just Being Audrey” by Margaret Cardillo, illustrated by Julia Denos. A lovely and short biography of Audrey Hepburn’s life. The drawings are all amazing! It’s a very nice book to read to children!

The story starts when Audrey is very small.  A side of her life that not many know, especially if you have never read biographies about her.

The book talks about her dream of becoming a ballerina dancer.  I love this part because it shows that despite being teased at school, Audrey kept thinking about her dream and persevered in her work.

And how she became an actress. Gorgeous drawing by Denos!

The book also mentions her life outside the screen.  Despite being rich and famous, Audrey never forgot the poor and helpless and I think this is important to remember about her.

There are many more illustrations and they are wonderful to look at. The text is easy to read and the drawings complement the text perfectly. 

I would recommend this book without hesitation because it is so heartwarming and sweet.

Audrey Hepburn is a great model of kindness and grace for children to learn from.

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