nonfiction nuggets…Audrey

Just Being Audrey, by Margaret Cardillo, illustrated by Julia Denos

From an exasperated princess escaping for one exhilerating holiday in Rome, to a cockney flower seller swept into an aristocratic world, to an eccentric, cigarette-dandling schemer,  Audrey Hepburn created some of Hollywood’s most iconic characters as well as an entire style and aura the world has come to love.  Her elfin body and darling, cropped hair; her elegant smile and doe-like eyes, appear everywhere, broadcasting the Audrey look and charm.  Cotton blouses and cropped pants, ballet flats and large black sunglasses; simple, classy, elegant… Audrey Hepburn.

Yet Audrey Hepburn was also a gracious, warmhearted woman who treated her colleagues with exceptional kindness; a girl who suffered tremendously during World War II; a mother of two sons; and a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, perhaps her favorite role in life.

This short biography  summarizes Audrey’s life, nicely capturing the sweet charm of this gentle, beautiful woman.  The illustrations wonderfully portray the color, style, and ambience of Audrey and her world.  I’m not sure how many elementary-age girls would already be interested in Audrey, but don’t let the picture-book format keep you from just checking this book out for yourself or Audrey-fans of any age.   It’s a delightful little gem!

Here’s the Amazon link: Just Being Audrey