|Franklin D. Roosevelt (Making of America)|
Author: Kanefield, Teri
The story of the longest-serving US President, Franklin D. Roosevelt. During his time in office, he led the country through the Great Depression and World War II and helped to redefine the role of the US government with the New Deal.
Kirkus Reviews (08/15/19)
School Library Journal (10/01/19)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/11/19)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 10/01/2019 Gr 6–8—The latest installment in the "Making of America" series follows Franklin Delano Roosevelt's journey from Hyde Park scion to a seminal player on the world stage. About half the text explores his early life, while the remainder focuses on his administration and legacy. Emphasis is placed on Roosevelt's reorientation of the Democratic Party, groundbreaking policies, landmark shift in the relationship between the federal government and its citizens, and push for a globally relevant America. Despite a glut of photographs and tangential sidebars, Kanefield's colloquial narrative serves as a sprightly introduction. While the text prefers primary sources to editorial commentary, it doesn't shy away from the president's complicated private life (including his protracted affair with Lucy Mercer), political mishaps (his attempt to pack the Supreme Court with six additional justices), or ethical shortcomings (say, a long-standing alliance with racist Southern Democrats). Since dates are often omitted and footnotes nonexistent, conscientious readers will find themselves mining back matter, including a comprehensive time line and textual notes, to aid their understanding. Kanefield's attention to Eleanor Roosevelt's formative influence on progressivism, especially in relation to race and gender, is also worth noting. VERDICT Neither hagiography nor a hatchet job, this evenhanded overview of FDR walks a middle path perfect for middle grade readers. A commendable addition to school and public library collections.—Steven Thompson, Sadie Pope Dowdell Library, South Amboy, NJ - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.