Make Your Mark, Franklin Roosevelt

Make Your Mark, Franklin Roosevelt

by Judith St. George, Britt Spencer
     
 

Young Franklin Roosevelt grew up knowing the finer things in life— sailing, horseback riding, and foxhunts on his family’s large estate. Growing up wealthy meant he could live a gentleman’s life, like his beloved papa. Yet gentlemen weren’t supposed to go into politics, right? But why not? As young Franklin learns from a famous uncle and a

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Young Franklin Roosevelt grew up knowing the finer things in life— sailing, horseback riding, and foxhunts on his family’s large estate. Growing up wealthy meant he could live a gentleman’s life, like his beloved papa. Yet gentlemen weren’t supposed to go into politics, right? But why not? As young Franklin learns from a famous uncle and a famous mentor, there is more to the world than he thought. And about politics? Well, maybe there is more to that, too.

Complete with lively illustrations by new illustrator Britt Spencer, this third book in Judith St. George’s Turning Point series reveals the turning point for the young man who would become one of America’s most honored presidents.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Roosevelt's privileged birth and childhood are presented in an engaging text with appealing illustrations. His family had three homes and moved with the seasons, fitting in frequent trips to Europe along the way. He had private tutors for the first fourteen years of his life. His father did not care much about book learning, so education was secondary to his exciting adventures of sailing, horseback riding, and sledding. At the age of five he went to the White House and met the President. Franklin's world changed completely when he turned fourteen and entered Groton, a prestigious boarding school. At first, his classmates ridiculed his European accent and his lack of ability in sports. But Franklin persevered. He especially liked the Rector's class and took his admonition to be of service to others seriously. When Theodore Roosevelt came to the school as a guest speaker, he invited Franklin to his home for a holiday. From then on Franklin aspired to become a rugged man of action like his cousin. The account ends with Franklin's graduation from Groton. The rest of his life is summarized on the last page, accompanied by a bibliography. This is part of the "Turning Point" series.
School Library Journal
Gr 2–5
Joining the author's You're on Your Way, Teddy Roosevelt (2004) and Take the Lead, George Washington (2005, both Philomel), this illustrated biography also explores the childhood life of a president, examining the influences that shaped Roosevelt's life with stories that will delight young readers. Born into a wealthy family, Franklin was doted on by his mother who called him "Baby," dressed him in dresses, and kept his long hair in curls. "But Franklin was definite about what he wanted…and by six he wanted the curls off. Off they came!" "He was never spanked. (Once, when he was naughty, his father said, 'Franklin, consider yourself spanked')." When he was 14 and attending boarding school for the first time, he heard the strong message "go out and serve the world" from the Rector, Reverend Endicott Peabody. Later he met his fifth cousin, Theodore, whose energetic tales of public service influenced him greatly. Throughout, Spencer's spirited watercolor, gouache, and ink illustrations bring to life the culture and background of this American icon. This peek into history has great child appeal.
—Lee BockCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Young Franklin Roosevelt moves beyond his spoiled childhood to a more mature resolve to pursue a life of service and action, like his cousin Theodore in this, the third of the "Turning Point" biographies. The breezy text depicts a boy secure in the knowledge that he is the center of the universe, cosseted by his doting mother. Although raised as a gentleman never to sully himself with politics, young Franklin's contacts with President Grover Cleveland, his thrilling cousin and the public-minded headmaster of Groton School, which he entered at age 14, convince him that politics represent excitement, power and, most important, an opportunity to serve. Spencer's ink-and-watercolor illustrations borrow, appropriately enough, from the conventions of political cartooning, oversized heads and exaggerated perspectives adding humor and movement to the narrative. St. George sketches her character deftly, adding quotations from Roosevelt's own writings to allow the boy to speak for himself. An author's note fills in the 32nd president's career after high school, emphasizing his commitment to the betterment of all Americans. All in all, it's an engaging entry in a pleasingly child-friendly series. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399241758
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/18/2007
Series:
Turning Point Bks.
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
9.38(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
690L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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From the Publisher
“St. George sketches her character deftly, adding quotations from Roosevelt’s own writings to allow the boy to speak for himself. An author’s note fills in the 32nd president’s career after high school, emphasizing his commitment to the betterment of all Americans. All in all, it’s an engaging entry in a pleasingly child friendly series.”—Kirkus Reviews

Meet the Author

Judith St. George has published dozens of successful nonfiction books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning So You Want to Be President? and the historical Turning Point series, including You’re On Your Way, Teddy RooseveltStand Tall, Abe Lincoln; and Take the Lead, George Washington. You can visit her online at www.judithstgeorge.com.

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