In her current biography Clara Ingram Judson's skill for warm narrative and sense of the dramatic in a personality and its times, recreate ""T.R."" as the fabulously spirited man he was. Taking his childhood first, she makes a very real story of the boy who had so much to conquer in the midst of a busy family life- on New York's 28th St. and as the Roosevelts travelled to Europe and Egypt. And, during his rise in political life there is good balance between lively descriptions of his own remarkably colorful life and the political issues he both furthered and bucked. If in analysis, it is not up to the standards of her more perceptive Thomas Jefferson, it is fully illustrative of his good points and the strokes of fortune that starred a brilliant career. For twelve year olds too.