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Nice Work, Franklin! is a charming book with an inspiring story. It tells about the 32nd president, Franklin Roosevelt, and how, as a young man, he aspired to be like his cousin, president Teddy Roosevelt. But he faced a major setback when he lost use of his legs to polio at the age of 39. But after overcoming the limitations placed upon him, he was better able to help the nation get better after the Great Depression.

The delightful illustrations, rendered in a classic style of pencil and watercolor, are realistic yet as charming and fun as any I’ve seen. I’m enjoying this book with my children, and hope they can learn that when faced with a problem, they can “above all, try something,” because ultimately, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”