Cover image for Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Title:
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Author:
Freedman, Russell.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Clarion Books, [1990]

©1990
Physical Description:
200 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
Photographs and text trace the life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt from his birth in 1882 through his youth, early political career, and presidency, to his death in Warm Springs, Georgia, in 1945.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1070 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 6-8 6.9 9 Quiz: 04181 Guided reading level: V.
ISBN:
9780899193793
Format :
Book

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Traces the life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt from his birth in 1882 through his youth, early political career, and presidency to his death in Warm Springs, Georgia, in 1945.


Author Notes

Russell Freedman is the award-winning author of numerous books. His nonfiction books range in subject from the lives and behaviors of animals to people in history whose impact is still felt today.

Freeedman's work has earned him several awards, including a Newbery Medal in 1994 for Lincoln: a Photobiography, a Newbery Honor each for Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery in 1994 and The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane in 1992, and a Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 5-9. "The man who could not walk became the leader of a country paralyzed by uncertainty and despair"--that's the inherent drama in Freedman's immensely enjoyable photo biography. The focus is on both Roosevelt's personal crisis and that of the nation he led from the Depression to victory. Freedman doesn't exploit Roosevelt's disability--in fact, he emphasizes the jaunty, exuberant public figure ("Roosevelt loved to be first"), but the text and archival photographs reveal the astonishing reversals of his life and times. In early family pictures he's a rich, pampered child in a smiling storybook world. A photo of the glowingly handsome Harvard man is captioned, "a little studying, a little riding, a few party calls." Marriage, children, success in career and politics followed. Next came polio and paralysis and the daily experience that the "stern doctrine of self-reliance" can take you only so far. And then the presidency--for more than three terms; FDR took over at the worst of times and changed drastically the way ordinary people relate to government. Photos show him paying close attention to the unemployed as well as to Churchill and world leaders. As in his Newbery Award-winning photo biography, Lincoln [BKL D 15 87], Freedman is candid about the president's failures and about criticism and controversy, both then and now. Inevitably, much is left out: the allusions to Eleanor are so fascinating that you want more; it's clear why Freedman has saved her story for a book of her own. Though Freedman discusses good books about FDR, older readers will want source notes in order to explore further. Nevertheless, this will have wide appeal beyond the projected audience. It's the photo essay at its best: serious, uncondescending, drawing you in with the ease of a magazine article. Booktalk it to young people across the curriculum, and to their grandparents. ~--Hazel Rochman


Publisher's Weekly Review

The Newbery Medalist uses more than 100 archival prints and photographs to enhance this engrossing, accessible biography of our 32nd president. Ages 9-up. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8 --As in Lincoln: A Photobiography (Clarion, 1987), Freedman has taken a larger-than-life historical figure about whom innumerable volumes have been written and has retold the story of one man's life in the context of his times. The carefully researched, highly readable text and extremely effective coordination of black-and-white photographs chronicle Roosevelt's priviledged youth, his early influences, and his maturation. Drawing on first-hand observations of his family, friends, and enemies, as well as Roosevelt's own diary entries, Freedman formulates a composite picture of a complex, enigmatic individual and a consummate politician. Roosevelt's public career is given further significance because of the cataclysmic events of the Depression and the tumultuous war years during his presidency. As controversial as many of his programs and policies were or have come to be, no one could ever call to question his dedication, his initiative, or the energy he brought to the job. His all too human shortcomings are just as clearly delineated. Even students with little or no background in American history will find this an intriguing and inspirational human portrait.-- Luann Toth, School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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