This week is a simple post, what with having gotten my first job (yay!), my second college class ending, and the holidays coming up. I’ve got some pretty special ideas for my December posts, but that’ll have to wait until next week when it is actually December. Until then, today’s post is on a book I recently picked up at the library. It’s short, sweet, and to the point, while also remembering a classic actress who delighted fans for generations.
Just Being Audrey follows Audrey Hepburn’s journey from a young girl in war-torn Europe to an icon. In this book, the author and illustrator begin by telling us that her dearest wish was to be a ballerina. We, as the readers, follow her youthful journey, until her ballet dreams are smashed by a very cruel reality – World War II. Forced to flee to Holland, she and her family shared a country home with forty other people. In spite of the desperation and fearful spirit of the people, the war eventually passed and Audrey finally made her way back to the world. In London, she began to try her hand at acting and here she was suddenly very successful. Little Audrey Hepburn became a star in America and a style icon to audiences everywhere. But she never forgot where she came from.
Margaret Cardillo and Julia Denos perfectly capture the spirit of this woman who was a children’s champion, a beautiful starlet, and a very human being all at the same time. The book is enjoyable for both children and adults alike and if little kids don’t know who Audrey Hepburn is, they will by the time you’re done. In fact, you might even be tempted to pop in My Fair Lady and curl up on the couch after enjoying this read.
Chime Time! What Audrey Hepburn classic to you enjoy the most? My personal favorite is My Fair Lady, but I’d love to hear your thoughts!