- Age Range: 6 - 8 years
- Grade Level: 1 - 3
- Lexile Measure: 770L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 48 pages
- Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (December 17, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 142312488X
- ISBN-13: 978-1423124887
- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #688,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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To Dare Mighty Things: The Life of Theodore Roosevelt Hardcover – December 17, 2013
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Gr 2-5-Once again, Rappaport offers an accessible introduction to one of the world's most influential people, punctuating her poignant narrative with well-chosen quotes that help frame the life of an important figure. Roosevelt stands tall in American history, but his childhood was one of serious illness that kept him bedridden for long periods of time. He became an avid reader and yearned for the life of the adventurers he read about. "Teedie," as he was called, longed to explore the wilderness and yearned to be a "fearless" man like his heroes. From his early political career through the challenges of his presidency, this book chronicles how he became that fearless leader. He confronted injustice head-on and promised a "Square Deal" to all citizens, opposed many special business interests, including the use of child labor, and sought to protect the nation's wildlife and preserve its beauty. The highs and lows of both his personal and public life are presented here, including the death of his beloved wife, his experience as a soldier with the "Rough Riders," and being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906. Rappaport breathes life into her subject in a way that is sure to spark the interest of the most reluctant reader. Her choice of quotations defines the man's lively personality and charisma, and Payne's softly shaded artwork highlights his facial expressions and dramatically captures the robust emotion, good humor, and unstinting courage that are the hallmarks of the 26th president. Concisely written and yet poetic, this is a first purchase for every library. -Carole Phillips, Greenacres Elementary School, Scarsdale, NYα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
*Starred Review* Theodore Roosevelt’s big ideas and big personality come together in this splendid picture-book biography. Most readers won’t know who Roosevelt is, but they will be drawn into the book by the laughing portrait on the otherwise wordless cover. Once inside, they will be hooked by Rappaport’s portrait of young “Teedie,” a sickly child who is nonetheless high-spirited and curious about everything. And he is determined to do as his father insists: make over his body so that it is as strong as his mind. The book’s artful design uses two-page spreads to convey Roosevelt’s wide-ranging interests and experiences—charging up San Juan Hill; isolating himself in the Dakota territory, after the death of his first wife; even struggling to bust trusts to help small companies compete (here the image is of a small Roosevelt roping a huge hand tightly holding a wad of money). The only picture that doesn’t really work, ironically, is the dully colored spread that discusses TR’s conservation efforts. The text neatly balances brevity and information, and key quotes are in a bold font that draws the eye. Occasionally, events could have been tied together more smoothly, but overall this is a terrific introduction to one of America’s most energetic and far-sighted presidents. Grades 3-5. --Ilene Cooper
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