{Book Review} Nice Work, Franklin! by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain

Nice Work FRanklin


Nice Work, Franklin! by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain is a cool new kids picture book about Franklin Roosevelt. I especially like the messages of persevering despite setbacks & disabilities. It would be a nice addition to classroom lessons on the USA presidents, the Great Depression and/or disabilities.  It’s not necessarily a book that I could see myself using much in speech-language therapy sessions or kids yoga classes so I’ll be passing along my copy to one of the teachers at the facility where I work 🙂


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.


  • Age Range: 5 – 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten – 4
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books (January 5, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803738005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803738003
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.3 x 11.4 inches


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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with over 25 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is a kids book reviewer with a focus on great picture books, a kids toy / product reviewer with a focus on those that are helpful for kids with special needs & an app beta tester for educational and therapeutic app developers. She loves sharing info about great things to use with kids of all abilities.


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