A Boy Named FDR: How Franklin D. Roosevelt Grew Up to Change America by Kathleen KrullFranklin D. Roosevelt was born into one of the wealthiest families in America, yet this ultimate rich kid grew up to do more for ordinary Americans than any other president. This appealing picture book biography shows how, from childhood on, FDR was compassionate, cheerful, determined, and enormously likable. Though he had private tutors as a young boy and later attended an elite boys school, he played pranks and had down-to-earth fun just like any boy today.
Kathleen Krulls animated picture book biography focuses on FDRs childhood years through his entry as a young man into politics and his battle with polio. A summary of his achievements as president and a chronology of his life are included. The well-researched text and the evocative illustrations by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher provide an inspiring introduction to one of our greatest presidents.
James was a landowner and businessmen of considerable, but not awesome, wealth from New York. He likely joined the Democratic Party in the s and identified with the party for the remainder of his life, although he voted for Republicans on a number of occasions. A widower, he married Sara Delano, who was twenty-six years his junior, in Sara, one of the five beautiful Delano sisters, came from a family of considerable means and was notable both for her aristocratic manner and her independent streak. Franklin spent his youth near Hyde Park, about fifty miles north of New York City, on a large estate and farm tended by hundreds of workers. Insulated from the outside world and schooled at home by tutors until a teenager, Franklin had limited contact with his peers. Nonetheless, the family atmosphere was one of support and affection for the only child.
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the 32nd American president. FDR, as he was often called, led the United States through the Great Depression and World War II , and greatly expanding the powers of the federal government through a series of programs and reforms known as the New Deal.
Today is the birthday of the only person to run for, and win, the presidency four times: Franklin D. And how was young Franklin related to President Theodore Roosevelt? The men were fifth cousins, so they had the same great-great-great-great-grandparents. In this case, the distant relative was Nicholas Roosevelt, who lived from to Young Franklin was also related to his own wife.
His parents were members of the New York aristocracy. His father, James, was a country gentleman who made money in railroads and coal. His mother, Sara , was a strong-willed woman who adored her only child and remained a central figure in his life until her death in His father died in After being educated at home by private tutors, FDR entered Groton, an elite private school in Massachusetts, in One of the most significant events while he was at Groton was a talk given by his distant cousin, Theodore Roosevelt, whom he greatly admired and went on to emulate in his political career. FDR was neither an outstanding student nor athlete, but he entered enthusiastically into life at Groton and did well enough to go on to Harvard in