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Children's LiteratureThis 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