From the Publisher
"Information about the Roosevelts [is] presented in a lively, engaging manner. A worthy addition." School Library Journal
"This informative, readable book . . . includes many period photos, a time line, a bibliography, and an annotated list of virtual and actual sites where readers can find out more." —Booklist
"Brings President Roosevelt’s spirit to life." —Curriculum Review
"A first-rate look at one of America's greatest presidents." inlandempirefamily.com
Information about the Roosevelts [is] presented in a lively, engaging manner.
History is the window to our past and holds the lessons for our future. This book is an excellent example, describing one of our greatest presidents in a highly visual manner. Although listed as a �kids� book, any age reader will marvel at the clarity of events represented and the highly readable style of the author. A time line opens the book. It shows how the Roosevelt presidency helped our nation fight against the loss of freedom which WWI and WWII brought to the United States and our allies. Family and cabinet members write about �FDR,� as he was affectionately called, from 1932 to the present time. His granddaughter wrote, �Names have the power of the past. How can we know where we are going if we don't know who has gone before us?� Readers are fortunate to see the personal observations of those who knew and/or worked beside FDR at different times in his life. Growing up with wealthy parents in a large house near the Hudson River in New York, Franklin had many privileges, including a pony of his own, trips and schooling abroad, and lessons in boating, fishing, and hunting which any child might enjoy. He also learned about the world by collecting stamps, a hobby he kept throughout his life. An interest in school and politics soon followed, and at age twenty-one he married his cousin Eleanor Roosevelt. His first job was as a law clerk, until he discovered he would soon become a father. He then moved into politics and had a rapid rise to powerful Democratic positions, including New York state senator. Chosen chair of powerful committees, he polished his speaking skills which were to be a powerful asset in his career. As Assistant Secretary of the Navy, he inspected naval bases andU.S. ships and urged President Wilson to create a naval reserve in case of war. Descriptions of his work after WW1 detail how he helped the U.S. learn to live in peace after wartime. Intense pain and suffering came to FDR in 1921 when he contracted polio, forcing him to wear heavy braces on his legs for the remainder of his life. Because of his courage fighting against the restrictions of polio, he became a hero to others who had polio. Today we see FDR's face on the dime, and as older readers, recall the March of Dimes� campaign to raise money to fight this awful disease. While FDR was undergoing treatments, his wife Eleanor became active in politics and proved to be an energetic speaker traveling the country for her husband. FDR's election to the presidency and meetings with international leaders is documented pictorially and in narration, as we follow the Roosevelt family through the depression and WWII. FDR became our country's shield in wartime and our patience and courage in the hard days of a weakened economy. FDR made us feel stronger than we might have been and braver than we ever felt. Students who read the book should be encouraged to complete many of the creative activities (creating a radio show, interviewing an older person who lived during this period, encoding messages, and making war bond posters). Interesting visual insets which accompany photographs at every stage of FDR's career give readers a sense of how ordinary people were spending their time in America. As an example, the cost of movies in the 1930s was twelve cents or less, which included a double feature, newsreels and cartoons! This book is a fascinating and readable journey into the life of our thirty second president. Reviewer: Enid Portnoy
VOYA - Victoria Vogel
Everything one ever wanted to know about this charismatic president and his era is presented in a concise, organized format with various activities. The activities are both entertaining and educational and serve to bring the reader closer to his life and times. For example, to illustrate a code machine that the Germans used during World War II, readers are instructed on making their own coded message with index cards. To illustrate popular culture, a script for an Abbott and Costello routine is presented. Sidebars and black-and-white photos from the time serve to single out certain interesting facts, quotes, and pieces of trivia. The phrase "cup of Joe" originated from Josephus Daniels, Secretary of the Navy during World War II. He took away alcohol rations in the navy, so all one could have was a cup of coffee. Several memories of FDR are recounted by those who knew him firsthand. A memory of FDR's swearing-in ceremony is presented by a nephew of the Attorney General. The book begins with forewords by Tobie Roosevelt, daughter-in-law of Franklin, and Senator Edward M. Kennedy, recounting their personal experiences with the man. A letter written by young Bobby Kennedy to FDR provides a moving account of the impact that this man had. The uncorrected proof contains an index page but the full index was unavailable for evaluation. This biography would make a good addition to any school or public library.