We’ve been spending some time deliciously, tasting older movie classics this winter. One of our favorite actors from yesteryear is the brilliant and beautiful Audrey Hepburn. And she holds a place in children’s literature as well as the adult fare (which includes books, photographs, and of course her wonderful screen presence).
If you want to share a delightful winter afternoon or evening with the younger readers in your life, you can’t go wrong with Audrey Hepburn.
One for You:
Just Being Audrey by Margaret Cardillo, illustrated by Julia Denos
I have always been a big fan of Audrey Hepburn, and this small, delightful picture book really captures why she has come to be an inspiration to so many. She’s charming, playful, elegant, down-to-earth, courageous, and above all, kind. Her important lesson from her mother was framed around compassion for others: “Always be kind.” It was a message she took to heart and brought to her humanitarian role later in life. It’s intriguing to read how she was an object of bullies as a child, made fun of for being too tall, having big feet, a neck that was too long, and eyes that were deemed too large for her face. Of course, these traits were what made her iconic as an adult. Though this book is written for a young audience (probably k-grade 3), I recommend it for tweens as well. The pictures are charming, and connoisseur can debate which movie roles the clothes she is wearing are chosen from.
One for Me:
Audrey Hepburn: A Photographic Celebration by Suzanne Lander
A great (and inexpensive!) coffee table book to peruse and share with friends. I really enjoy the range of aspects of her career that are captured in these photos, as well as the numerous quotes. Her own words are inspiring, but it is also fun to read the quotes form her colleagues (including Hollywood directors and movie stars). “Classic elegance” is the term you’ll hear over and over agin in regards to Audrey Hepburn. This photographic celebration demonstrates why.