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.
Head librarian at the world-renowned Franklin D. Roosevelt Rehabilitation Institute, Warm Springs, Georgia.
The FDR Dime is unique among American currency. Ranked with the greatest of the American presidents, Franklin Delano Roosevelt is honored not so much for his leadership during the Great Depression and World War II, but for his devotion to the care and treatment of polio, a dreaded viral disease that terrified parents across the country during the first half of the 20th century. In the midst of the Great Depression, FDR inspired the nation to embrace the cause of polio and find a cure. People had little money to give in those days, but they could spare a dime now and then. The dime became the symbol of the fight against polio, and the donations eventually created the Salk and Sabin vaccines that eliminated polio from this county and may soon eliminate it from the world. Jo Tanenbaum’s new book tells the story of FDR & the Dime in a simple, engaging way for young readers. What we depict on our money reflects what we value as a nation. The presence of FDR on the dime honors more than just a great president, it also honors the way we as a people worked together to help people in need. Ms. Tanenbaum’s book will keep that memory alive for a new generation.
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.”
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Crooks & Canes
Crooks 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.
Delightful new book traces the history of the cane from the Bible to the present.
September 26, 2016 – Denver, CO and Los Angeles, CA release of a new nonfiction book that celebrates the long and colorful history of the crook and the cane. Jo Tanenbaum is the author of Crooks & Canes: Bible, Bebop & Beyond.
When ancient people used crooks and canes, it was for practical reasons. Over the years, the cane evolved from a form of physical support and protection to a symbol of authority, dignity, and wealth, where a person’s status could be determined by the quality and materials of his walking cane. Canes were a symbol of power, as in a king’s scepter or a bishop’s pastoral staff, and to this day serve as fashion statements—transforming the lowly walking stick from necessary aid to trendy accessory.
Crooks & Canes is dedicated to the evolution of the cane and is loaded with colorful pictures to illustrate its journey from the Bible to the Pueblo Indians; from Fred Astaire to Winston Churchill to today’s models and celebrities. For those who associate the cane only with the elderly or the infirm, the book is sure to offer many surprises!
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.