Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Leader in Troubled Times (Time For Kids Biographies Series)


Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Leader in Troubled Times

Through his fireside chats, Franklin D. Roosevelt changed the way the President interacted with his fellow Americans. He also led our country out of the Great Depression and through World War II, despite his physical disabilities. Readers will be amazed by his courage and his insight in developing Social Security and other innovative programs that still exist today.

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Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Leader in Troubled Times

Through his fireside chats, Franklin D. Roosevelt changed the way the President interacted with his fellow Americans. He also led our country out of the Great Depression and through World War II, despite his physical disabilities. Readers will be amazed by his courage and his insight in developing Social Security and other innovative programs that still exist today.

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Editorial Reviews

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This biography of FDR, from birth to death with substantial detail of the years of The Great Depression and WWII, combines facts and generalizations. For example, FDR played High Kick at Groton, wrote for and edited The Harvard Crimson, created the Civilian Conservation Corp, raised taxes on the wealthy during WWII, passed Social Security and the New Deal, and others. Generalizations make me want to know the source--"He was happy to win some respect at school." "Luckily Franklin knew just the right thing to say to be forgiven every time . . . [When] he became President, he would use that charm to help win support from those who disagreed with him." "He was treated for polio, although some doctors today think he may have had a different illness." The book includes occasional quotes in chapters and side panels. The interview with Doris Kearns Goodwin addresses questions about FDR's role as President, his greatest achievements, and reasons for his concern for the poor. Great photographs are included--a ration card, a campaign button, FDR with the Groton baseball team, family photos, FDR in a wheelchair, a political cartoon, FDR with Churchill and Stalin, and others. The biography lacks a bibliography and an index but includes photography and illustration credits. The is part of the "TIME for Kids" biographies series. 2006, HarperCollins Publishers, and Ages 7 to 8.
—Mary B. Bauer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060576158
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/27/2005
  • Series: Time For Kids Biographies Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 311,238
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 840L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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The editors of TIME For Kids® are committed to informing millions of kids about the world and their place in it. As part of a national news organization, they bring expert and age-appropriate reporting and photography from around the globe to books, classroom magazines, and a website.

The editors of TIME For Kids® are frequent visitors to classrooms all over the country. And the TFK Kid Reporters have appeared on The Today Show, CBS Morning Show, CNN, and Fox News.

TFK editors also publish the TIME For Kids® Science Scoops series, giving kids the inside scoop on the world’s most fascinating topics.

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Time For Kids: Franklin D. Roosevelt

A Leader in Troubled Times
By Clare Editors of TIME For Kids

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 Clare Editors of TIME For Kids
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060576162

Chapter One

The First Fireside Chat

Times were tough all across America. Millions of people were out of work, businesses and banks had closed, and too many people were hungry and homeless. In Houston, Texas, Myra King Whitson and her children crowded around the radio to hear the new President speak. It was around 9 p.m. on Sunday, March 12, 1933. At first the radio crackled and hissed. Then the President's voice was clear. Franklin Delano Roosevelt talked about the country's money problems. He described his hopes and plans for the nation. To Whitson, he sounded calm and thoughtful. When she was done listening, Whitson wrote her new President a letter. "Our radio seemed to bring you to us in person," she wrote. "There is a deep happiness -- a feeling that we have a real share in our government."

Every time he spoke on the radio, Americans listened closely. They wanted to hear the President talk about the country's problems and his ideas for fixing them. Roosevelt received thousands of letters after his first "fireside chat." Ordinary citizens -- adults and children -- wrote to Roosevelt with suggestions on how to help the nation overcome its problems.

During some of the saddest days in American history, President Roosevelt offered comfort with his hopeful words. He reminded people that they had the strength to carry on when things weren't going well. He encouraged them to keep trying.

Roosevelt had promised to find a job for every American who wanted to work. He also wanted to help people enjoy life. "Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money," he said. To Roosevelt, being happy meant enjoying nature, reading books, learning new things, and laughing with friends.

This is the story of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a President who helped many Americans and who brightened some of the nation's darkest times.


Excerpted from Time For Kids: Franklin D. Roosevelt by Clare Editors of TIME For Kids Copyright © 2005 by Clare Editors of TIME For Kids. Excerpted by permission.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2006

    super biography

    As a teacher, I found this book to be informative and grade-appropriate. Caplan brings history alive by vividly describing FDR's early life, political career, and presidential policies and actions. Since they are filled with photographs and activity sidebars, the pages are visually pleasing and easily capture the attention of young readers. This is a great overview of one of America's most influential presidents!

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