Make Your Mark, Franklin Rooseveltby Judith St. George, Britt Spencer (Illustrator)
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.
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.
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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 Roosevelt; Stand Tall, Abe Lincoln; and Take the Lead, George Washington. You can visit her online at www.judithstgeorge.com.
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