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|Nice work, Franklin!|
Author: Jurmain, Suzanne
The story of how a physically disabled President Franklin Roosevelt saved a crippled nation.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 4.60
Points: .5 Quiz: 179978
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 4.40
Points: 3.0 Quiz: 68453
Common Core Standards
Grade 3 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 3.RI Key Ideas & Details
Grade 3 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 3.RI Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
Kirkus Reviews (11/01/15)
School Library Journal (01/01/16)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 01/01/2016 In their third picture book about U.S. presidents, the creators of George Did It (2005) and Worst of Friends: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and the True Story of an American Feud (2011) introduce Franklin Roosevelt, beginning in his youth and ending after his second inauguration as president in 1936. The text focuses on how Roosevelt faced two great challenges: coping with the paralysis of his legs and, as president, finding ways to help people during the Great Depression. Created with pencil, watercolor, and gouache, the illustrations are detailed, imaginative, and (in the first third of the story) often comical. But the book’s jaunty tone establishes an expectation in the audience that is hard to suddenly shift, which is problematic when the subject matter turns serious. Still, there’s plenty to like here: information on a period seldom represented in picture books, the portrayal of the president as an individual who faced troubles bravely, and the admission that he wasn’t universally beloved. An unusual introduction to FDR and the Depression. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 01/01/2016 Gr 2–4—This informational picture book capsulizes the salient points of Franklin Roosevelt's four terms as president. Roosevelt is known as our country's only physically handicapped president. Nonetheless, he literally stood up to his naysayers and took the oath of office standing at the podium. Children will learn Roosevelt's most memorable quote, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself," as they witness examples of his determination and spirit. The final page highlights nine programs that President Roosevelt initiated, such as Social Security and unemployment insurance. Day's attractive multicolored illustrations were created using pencil and watercolors with gouache. Active scenes from inaugural parades and food lines fill spreads and depict the enormity of the task of pulling the country out of the Depression. VERDICT This upbeat and inspirational yet brief summary of Roosevelt's accomplishments will augment social studies lessons about this time period.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.