Picture Book Review of Nice Work, Franklin!

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Nice Work, Franklin

Nice Work, Franklin

Nice Work, Franklin! by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain, illustrated by Larry Day

Age Range: 5 – 9 years | Grade Level: Kindergarten – 4 | Hardcover: 32 pages | Publisher: Dial Books (January 5, 2016)


About Nice Work, Franklin!

As one of our most inspirational and determined presidents, Franklin Roosevelt overcame his disability to lead the country out of the Great Depression.

Franklin Roosevelt idolized his cousin Teddy Roosevelt. He started wearing eyeglasses like Teddy, he spoke like Teddy, and he held the same public offices as Teddy. But then one day his life changed—he got sick. He developed polio and he could no longer walk. But Franklin also had Teddy’s determination, so after physical therapy and hard work, he ran for governor of New York and won. Then a different kind of sickness, the Great Depression, spread across the country: Banks were closing, and thousands lost their jobs.

Franklin said that if you have a problem, solve it. If one solution doesn’t work, try another but above all TRY SOMETHING. So Franklin ran for president, and on Inauguration Day, he made it clear that together they would conquer this sickness. He got to work creating jobs and slowly America started getting better.

Suzanne Tripp Jurmain and Larry Day of George Did It and Worst of Friends fame are teamed up again to tell the story of how our only disabled president saved himself and then saved the country.

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About the Author and Illustrator:

Besides being an award-winning author, Suzanne Tripp Jurmain was a child and teen actor appearing in many television shows and soap operas. She is currently a freelance writer and editor and lives in Los Angeles, California.

Larry Day is an award-winning illustrator. He also works as a storyboardist at a large advertising agency. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.


Our Thoughts on Nice Work, Franklin!

Do you know Franklin Roosevelt’s story? Do your kids? It’s quite the story. I have read other books in this series to my kids, so I was expecting a good book and I wasn’t disappointed. My kids and I loved reading Franklin’s story and learning about his life — how things went from sunshine and roses to disabilities, challenges, and difficulties. Even with all his challenges, what an amazing man he became! Not only did he become president of the United States, he obtained that office during one of the most harrowing times in our country’s history.

My husband is often shocked by my lack of knowledge about American history and I have to remind him constantly that I grew up in another country (Canada) and we didn’t learn the same things in our history classes (why would we?). The point is, I enjoyed this book just as much as my kids did. I knew almost nothing about Franklin Roosevelt before I read it, other than what I’d seen in movies. It was a pleasure to get to know this president a little more and I can gladly recommend this book to anyone interested in teaching children about a very unique president that had a huge impact on America.

The thing that sets Nice Work, Franklin apart from other books on the same topic is the ease of readability. It is written with children in mind and is easy to comprehend. It’s engaging and entertaining, too. An all-around winner.


Disclaimer: We received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Reply
    Tressa @ Wishful Endings
    January 20, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    How have I missed this series?!!! I need to go check it out and read with the kids. Great review, Dena!

    • Reply
      Dena at Batch of Books
      January 21, 2016 at 3:54 am

      I really like this series. The books are so well written. My kids really like politics and history (I gave birth to nerds), so this whole series has been much loved in our house.

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