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Children's LiteratureFranklin Delano Roosevelt was born into a life of comfort. One could almost say into a life of luxury. He had a beautiful home to live in, was tutored privately, had a pony to ride and a boat to sail, went to Europe on vacations, and all in all, was given the best that his father's money could buy. His mother was a woman who had very decided ideas about how she wanted her son to live his life, and her word was very much the law in the Roosevelt household. Franklin went to a prestigious boarding school and then on to Harvard, just as his parents wished. Not until his twenties did he began to assert his independence. He decided that he wanted to marry the niece of the great Teddy Roosevelt, a relative, and the former President of the United States. "Mother" was not pleased with his choice but Franklin insisted. He also insisted on something else. Franklin had just begun his political career when he was struck down and crippled by polio. His mother wanted him to go to the family home where she could care for him. Franklin decided to keep on with his political campaigning despite his handicap. He was not going to let the polio take away his dreams, and he fought very hard to prove to the American public that he was strong enough to be a good candidate, first for Governor of New York, and later for President of the United States. He was determined to show them that a person who had polio could still be a great leader, and he did this so well that he was re-elected for President for an unprecedented four terms. Franklin Roosevelt helped pull the United States out of the dark years of the Depression and led it through the war years. With a huge grin on his face, he cheered the American public upwhen no one else could. Kathleen Kudlinski shows us how truly courageous Franklin Delano Roosevelt was in addition to telling about his accomplishments as a leader. Readers see a bit about the private Franklin, the Franklin who was afraid of fire because he could not run from it; or the Franklin who exercised for hours to be able to do what was required as President; or the man whose leg braces hurt him terribly, yet he never complained. By the end of his third term in office Franklin was terribly tired and ill. He also founded the March of Dimes, and his support has helped hundreds of polio victims. 2003, Aladdin, Ages 8 to 12.
— Marya Jansen-Gruber