Franklin and Winston

A Christmas That Changed the World

Illustrator: Barry Moser

Binding: Hardcover

Imprint: Candlewick Press

Age 6+

Picture Books

A compelling look at two leaders who held the world's fate in their hands — and the holiday visit that sealed a friendship and steered the course of World War II.

At the height of World War II, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill held an extraordinary month-long visit, during which they planned the success of the Allied powers and strategized a continuing peace for when the war ended. Moving from witty banter to gravely serious discussions — amid a traditional public celebration of the Christmas holiday — the two cemented a unique bond as they decided how to confront a menace that threatened all of civilization. Thanks to the skillful work of author Douglas Wood and illustrator Barry Moser, the story of this remarkable time can be shared with a whole new generation.

Back matter includes; an afterword, an author’s note, and a bibliography.


Douglas Wood is the author of Grandad’s Prayers of the Earth and No One But You, both illustrated by P.J. Lynch, and Miss Little’s Gift, illustrated by Jim Burke, as well as the best-selling book Old Turtle. Douglas Wood lives in Minnesota.

Barry Moser is the celebrated illustrator of nearly three hundred books for children and adults. His work can be found in the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, among many others. Barry Moser lives in Massachusetts.


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