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From Publishers Weekly

"On the whole," Theodore Roosevelt once wrote, "I have continued all my life to have a better time year after year." Roosevelt lived his life like the hero of a classic children's tale: he was a small, ailing boy who overcame his physical problems--seemingly by sheer enthusiasm and will power--to achieve a career filled with adventure, fun and success. As usual, Fritz ( The Double Life of Pocahontas ; Shh! We're Writing the Constitution ) makes the most of her material, as she presents an irresistible portrait of a unique, larger-than-life American. Roosevelt comes alive through such telling details as the clothes he wore (ever the dandy, he strutted through his stint as New York City's Police Commissioner in pink shirts and "a black silk cummerbund with tassels reaching to his knees"), the lively games he played with his children and homely observations: "Teddy couldn't get along without a rocking chair. Even when he sat down to rest, he liked to feel that at least his chair was on the go." Fritz also chronicles T.R.'s political career and his impact on the nation through his work in conservation, legislation and tax reforms. This thoroughly entertaining biography can be summed up in one word: Bully! Ages 10-14.
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Concluding her first chapter with the death of Roosevelt's father while Roosevelt was still at Harvard, Fritz includes a telling quote (``I felt stunned...he was everything to me''), then telegraphs her theme in her uniquely lucid, succinct style: ``In his distress, Teddy may have felt that...his boyhood was gone. If so, he would have been wrong. [He] would always be a boy. And...his father would always be looking over his shoulder.'' With judicious balance, Fritz surveys the salient facts-- Roosevelt's political rise, his groundbreaking work as reformer and environmentalist, his sturdy militarism-- illuminating them with revealing incidents especially interesting to young readers, from his early interest in natural history (at seven, he was diligently recording animals' measurements; he learned taxidermy just a few years later) to his indulgence toward his children's White House escapades. Each entrancing detail contributes to the larger picture of Roosevelt: active, imaginative, indefatigable, a man who left law school when he found that law ``had less to do with justice than he thought it should'' and diverted himself from grief with hard work. This colorful, idiosyncratic President, long a biographers' favorite, has never been portrayed with more beguiling wit, precision, and honesty. An excellent book, one of Fritz's best. Notes; bibliography; index. (Illustrations not seen.) (Biography. 10+) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 980L (What's this?)
  • Series: Unforgettable Americans
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (January 27, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0698116097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0698116092
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The question I am most often asked," Jean Fritz says, "is how do I find my ideas? The answer is: I don't. Ideas find me. A character in history will suddenly step right out of the past and demand a book. Generally people don't bother to speak to me unless there's a good chance that I'll take them on." Throughout almost four decades of writing about history, Jean Fritz has taken on plenty of people, starting with George Washington in The Cabin Faced West (1958). Since then, her refreshingly informal historical biographies for children have been widely acclaimed as "unconventional," "good-humored," "witty," "irrepressible," and "extraordinary."In her role as biographer, Jean Fritz attempts to uncover the adventures and personalities behind each character she researches. "Once my character and I have reached an understanding," she explains, "then I begin the detective work--reading old books, old letters, old newspapers, and visiting the places where my subject lived. Often I turn up surprises and of course I pass these on." It is her penchant for making distant historical figures seem real that brings the characters to life and makes the biographies entertaining, informative, and filled with natural child appeal.An original and lively thinker, as well as an inspiration to children and adults, Jean Fritz is undeniably a master of her craft. She was awarded the Regina Medal by the Catholic Library Association, presented with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award by the American Library Association for her "substantial and lasting contribution to children's literature," and honored with the Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature, which was presented by the New York State Library Association for her body of work.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By KAT on August 5, 2002
Format: Paperback
This was such a joy to read. I just couldn't put the book down. I had no idea that Teddy Roosevelt had an affliction that he overcame, thanks in part to his ambitious father.
Until I read this book, I had no idea that Teddy Roosevelt thrived on adventure or that he collected specimens of animals. It's amazing that he managed to survive all of his adventures like he did being as sick as he was. Everything the man did was to test his endurance if not make history as well.
Now I understand his push for conserving the nation's natural resources. By the time he became president, there weren't many wild animals left or trees for that matter. At any rate, this book was fun to read, especially when Teddy Roosevelt climbed to the top of Mount Marcy before the death of McKinley.
It really amazed me how much energy the man had. Probably from all those treks out west when he was a boy to hunt or whatever. The gym his father built was nothing like what he faced on his many sojourns out west and to Africa. It made me dizzy to read about all those campaign stops and speeches.
At first, I thought this book a little slow when I read about his early life, but then it picked up when Teddy begin serving on various Civil Service jobs and eventually gaining the Vice-Presidency under McKinney and being elected to a second term as President afterward.
I highly recommend this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Johannis Weberstien on April 9, 2001
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An excellent chidren's biography of theodore roosevelt, which will be enjoyed by people of all ages.My only criticism is that the books title should be 'Bully for you, theodore roosevelt,' instead of 'Bully for you, teddy roosevelt,' a name which to him was anathema.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. P. Carvajal on August 18, 2012
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This is the author of the year for 4th graders in Yonkers Public schools. I purchased the book and have it on my kindle. I always found Teddy Roosevelt to be a favorite of mine. Having my daughter read or shared reading I find Teddy Roosevelt's life to be interesting. I think I would like to read more about him. It's an interesting book about Teddy having Asthma, his love for his father. His bird collection and countless other things that the book has brought to light. I think your children will enjoy this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carrie Daws on November 18, 2014
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What a great book! The author brought Theodore Roosevelt to life -- and filled my imagination as I read. She made him seem as big and exciting as I'm sure he was in real life, yet kept him real in the struggles he faced and the frustrations he felt. This book is perfect to fuel the imaginations of boys wild for adventure and give them the philosophy that circumstances and limitations are merely obstacles to face and conquer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brenna Fitzgerald on February 17, 2015
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Bought several Teddy Roosevelt books for my son's 5th grade research project. This was his favorite. It was well written with a lot of information that he could use. He told me it was the best out of the 4 or 5 I bought. I read part of it and it was easy to read and enough detail that you could really learn from it but not too hard for using for kids.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicole on March 20, 2013
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I really like the book because it tells history and that interests me and Theodore Roosevelt is one of my favorite presidents in my life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carole W. Hart on November 6, 2013
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Great history of Teddy Roosevelt....best ever biography for Tweens and for anyone who wants a short, but complete account of his life.
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By Nansi on March 17, 2012
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My 10 year old son read this book when assigned to write a paper about Teddy Roosevelt. It is a great book for kids as it touches on some aspects of his life that are interesting and relevant to kids, not just the more commonly known aspects of his life. It is a quick read that kept his interest. I read the book with him and found it informative and factually accurate from what I could tell. It really brought this amazing man to life.
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