FDR

FDR & the DIME

The only four-term president – Franklin Delano Roosevelt, led the U.S. to victory in World War II, led the country in the Depression, and conquered polio with the March of Dimes. Americans defeated polio by sending nickels, pennies, and dimes to Washington for research in the fight against polio. ‘Polio’ was the scare word in the early 1900s just as ‘cancer’ is the scare word today. This book tells the story of why and how Roosevelt founded the Society for Infantile Paralysis and the world-renowned Roosevelt Institute for Rehabilitation in Warm Springs, Georgia.

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Get to the Point: A History of the Pencil

Get to the Point:

A History of the Pencil

The humble survivor

“There is a big selection of writing instruments today—3D pens, mechanical pencils, dry erase markers, watercolor pencils, rollerball pens, and gel ink pens. Technology never stops. Fads come and go. But through thick and thin, there’s one writing instrument that’s still around—the pencil. This book relates the journey of this humble survivor. And what a journey it has been—Egypt, Rome, Athens, Siberia, England, Germany, the United States. The reader will discover that it takes a world of resources to produce the simple pencil.”

Some kind words about the book:

John Horsting

is president of the American Pencil Collector’s Association:  “Your neat little pencil book arrived. Very nicely done. I’m impressed.”

Crooks

Crooks & Canes

Crooks and CanesCrooks and Canes; Bible, Bebop, and Beyond is a page-turner. Well researched and loaded with rich illustrations, this book offers the reader a journey showing the evolution of the cane from humble stick used as an aid and for protection, to the Biblical crook as symbol of authority though the centuries, as symbol of wealth and status.   During biblical times, the cane was used both for support (the beggar at Jesus’s feet) and protection (the clergyman standing tall before his flock). Centuries later, the cane evolved as symbol of power and wealth. Even now Kraft Company’s prosperous mascot, Mr. Peanut, sports a cane. We thus see that the stick is still with us – even in dance routines and as fashion statements by models and celebrities.

Once Upon a Shelf

Once Upon a Shelf

RATS! I’ve been propped high up here on a bedroom shelf for years. What in the world do I do all day? I watch those snooty, modern battery dolls get all the attention from the family’s girls. And love? I long to be loved. My pink plush is getting flat, gray, and brown. But please don’t cry. I do triumph. I tell my story myself. Here is my picture. I’m ugly perhaps, but lovingly patched and sewn together by Tasha’s mom There are no dragons in my story. There are no wizards or magical wands. However, my story is contemporary and with a universal theme: the love between me and my little mistress.

About Jo D. Tanenbaum

Jo Tanenbaum grew up in Chicago and studied at the University of Michigan, UC Berkeley, and Florida State University, where she received a Ph.D. in French Literature. She taught French to middle school and high school students in Tallahassee, Florida for thirty years.

She and her husband now live in Los Angeles, California. She has written FDR and the Dime: the Defeat of Polio, Crooks and Canes: Bible, Bebop and Beyond, Get to the Point: The History of the Pencil, and Once Upon a Shelf.
Jo Tanenbaum grew up in Chicago and studied at the University of Michigan, UC Berkeley, and Florida State University, where she received a Ph.D. in French Literature. She taught French to middle school and high school students in Tallahassee, Florida for thirty years.

She and her husband now live in Los Angeles, California. She has written FDR and the Dime: the Defeat of Polio, Crooks and Canes: Bible, Bebop and Beyond, Get to the Point: The History of the Pencil, and Once Upon a Shelf.

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